A homeless man saved a number of cats and dogs trapped at an animal shelter after it caught fire, the facility’s founder said.

53-year-old Keith Walker rushed to W-Underdogs shelter on December 18 and risked his life entering the facility to save the animals after a fire engulfed its kitchen.

Keith Walker with his dog, Bravo. (Photo: CNN)

“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 told CNN in an interview. “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 the fire did not completely destroyed the shelter, but it was still uninhabitable. Luckily, the animals were able to move into its new facility in Atlanta.

The fire engulfed the shelter’s kitchen. (Photo: CNN)

“He is my guardian angel,” Hamlin told CNN. “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.”

Hamlin knew Walker, because she lets him keep his dog, a pitbull named Bravo, sleep at the shelter every night. Walker was about to pick up Bravo for a walk when he saw the fire, and he was able to rescue all animals — six dogs and 10 cats.

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