Proverbs 12:10 declares, “A righteous man has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked are cruel.” It suggests a Biblical division of people into those who are righteous and kind to their animals and those who are wicked and cruel to them.
One homeless man living in Atlanta proved to be a hero when he rescued a dozen animals from a shelter that had caught fire. 53-year-old Keith Walker saved 6 dogs and 10 cats trapped in the W-Underdogs shelter after a fire broke out there.
Walker’s pit bull Bravo is also sheltered at the same place and he was there to pick him up and take him for a walk when he saw the shelter in flames. “I was nervous as hell, I’m not going to lie. I was really scared to go in there with all that smoke. But God put me there to save those animals,” Walker said. “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 knew I had to save all those other dogs.”
W-Underdogs founder, Gracie Hamlin, said Walker is her “guardian angel”. She said, “Even the firefighters didn’t want to handle the dogs. They called animal control, but Keith was already in the building pulling out the cats and dogs until they were all safe,” she said.
Keith Walker has been homeless since the age of 13 and is not accepting offers of help from people on social media who heard what he did for the shelter and its animals. “We are in contact with Keith and working to assess his needs and wants,” the shelter wrote in an update. “He is not currently accepting offers of help but we will continue to stay in touch with him and share as much as he will allow.”