A homeless man is being hailed as a true hero after risking his life to save an entire shelter filled with rescued dogs and cats.
The fire took over the W-Underdogs shelter in Atlanta, without the bravery that Keith Waker, 53, it might not have ended well. Walker said: “I’m as nervous as dead, I won’t lie. “I was terrified to go in there with the smoke. But God put me there to save those animals.”. “If you love a dog, you can love anyone in the world. My dog is my best friend, and I wouldn’t be here without him, so I know I have to save all the other dogs.”
He saved all the animals from the shelter which were 10 cats and 6 dogs.
W-Underdogs founder Gracie Hamilton called Keith her guardian angel:
“Even the firefighters didn’t want to handle the dogs. They called animal control, but Keith was in the building pulling the cats and dogs out until they were all safe.”
Victoria Stilwell, a member of the W-Underdogs advisory board, said Keith has been homeless since the age of 13; now he is 53 years old.
“He faces many challenges of homelessness, but he loves his dog very much,” said Stilwell.
Keith was already a famous face at the shelter when they let him keep his dog, Bravo, in the shelter every night.
He was actually on his way to pick up Bravo when he saw the flames and acted quickly.
“Bravo is a large male pitbull, full of energy and friendly personality. He is powerful but very lovable. He is much loved,” Stilwell said.
The shelter was not wholly destroyed, but the fire unfortunately made it uninhabitable.
As if it were fate, the W-Underdogs are only a week away from moving into their new facility.