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Homeless man rescues every animal after Georgia shelter catches fire

He said he was “nervous as hell” but he knew “God put me there to save those animals,” he told CNN.
Credit: Instagram
Message posted by the shelter after the fire and rescue

ATLANTA — A homeless man is being praised for his quick actions that saved the lives of dogs and cats trapped inside a burning animal shelter in Atlanta.

CNN reported that 53-year-old Keith Walker went into the W-Underdogs shelter as a fire consumed the kitchen area just before Christmas.

He said he was “nervous as hell,” but he knew “God put me there to save those animals,” he told CNN.

Walker went to the shelter to walk his dog, which is allowed to stay there, when he saw the flames.

The good news is all of the animals were saved, and the shelter has since moved into its new home that was already in the works prior to the fire.

The shelter posted the following message and photo to its Instagram page after Walker’s heroic actions:

"Tonight we thank our guardian angels. The homeless man that ran into our burning house and rescued our animals. The fire department and @fultonanimalservices officers MJ and Joan for quick action. Our animals are safe and thanks to the incredible response from the community, everyone is settled and safe warm and secure❤️🙏. We just wanted to say THANK YOU to all our friends and volunteers for coming to our immediate aide. We will need you in the next couple days and weeks as we recover. But we are in your good hands... we definitely have angels among us. We are all safe . @ginnymillner @victoriastilwell for always being there for us."

Credit: Instagram
Message posted by the shelter after the fire and rescue