Keith Walker was described as a ‘guardian angel’ (Image: W-Underdogs/Fb)
A homeless man put his personal life in danger to run right into a burning animal shelter and rescue 16 dogs and cats.
Keith Walker, 53, saved his personal pitbull referred to as Bravo on the W-Underdogs centre in a single day, and was on his option to decide him up when he noticed the flames on December 18.
However he didn’t cease with simply rescuing his personal pet – he made certain all of the animals had been protected.
He advised CNN: ‘I used to be nervous as hell, I’m not going to lie.
‘I used to be actually scared to go in there with all that smoke. However God put me there to avoid wasting these animals.
‘In case you love a canine, you possibly can love anybody on the earth. My canine is my greatest pal, and I wouldn’t be right here with out him, so I knew I needed to save all these different dogs.’
Keith Walker with the W-Underdogs van (Image: Fb)
He ran contained in the rescue the cats and canines (Image: Grace Hamlin/Fb)
Shelter founder Gracie Hamlin stated that the shelter was left uninhabitable by the fireplace, which was electrical.
However fortunately, they had been about to maneuver into new premises so there was nonetheless someplace for the animals to reside.
She advised the broadcaster: ‘[Keith] is my guardian angel.
‘Even the firefighters didn’t need to deal with the canines. They referred to as animal management, however Keith was already within the constructing pulling out the cats and canines till they had been all protected.’
Keith, who has been homeless since he was 13, has now been hailed as a hero after saving the six canines and ten cats.
Properly-wishers have raised almost $40,000 for him on GoFundMe.
In a separate fundraiser for the shelter itself to rebuild after the fire, Grace stated: ‘We’re so grateful to CNN for posting our story.
‘Please know we’re in touch with Keith Walker, who labored tirelessly to deliver our animals to security, and are working to evaluate the easiest way to help him.
‘He’s refusing all affords of assist however we’re decided. He is an important a part of our neighborhood and we’ll proceed to work with him so he’s appropriately rewarded for his selfless efforts.’
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