Kelli Bender
January 17, 2015 06:50 PM

Tammy Carper is dedicated to helping animals, so much so that she risked her life to rescue 21 dogs under her care.

Carper of Bean Station, Tennessee, spends her days as a driver for Movin’ on UP Volunteer Animal Rescue Transports. When she isn’t helping pets get to their new homes, she is caring for them at her own residence, reports Dogster. Over the years, Carper has transformed her double-wide trailer into TLC Rescue, a safe haven for dogs until they find a forever family.

Unfortunately, now Carper and her dogs need to find a new place to live. On Jan 8., a fire – most likely started by a wood stove – quickly engulfed the woman’s home with Carper and the dogs inside. The good news is that the animal rescuer acted quickly and selflessly, saving all 21 dogs under her care from the blaze.

“She went into the living room while it was already totally in flames and started grabbing dogs and getting them out the back door,” said Pamela Hughett McKee, a friend of Carper’s. “She made a sweep through the house and grabbed the small [dogs] that were indoor dogs.”

However, the fire gutted Carper’s home and destroyed most of her belongings.

“She’s lost all her supplies. From food to crates, bedding – she’s lost all of that,” McKee said. “Medicine, her own clothes … It’s all gone.”

Other rescues in the area have been working on finding temporary housing for all of Carper’s foster dog while she finds a new place to live. Fellow animal lovers have also started a GoFundMe campaign with a goal of $20,000 to help Carper get back on her feet.

Even with all of her material goods gone, Carper is still focused on one thing: helping animals.

“I’m not going to stop. That’s what I live for,” she told WATE.com. “I love my dogs and they need me.”

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