7-Year-Old Boy Rescues Over 1,300 Dogs From Kill Shelters, Later Helps Them Find Forever Homes

7-Year-Old Boy Rescues Over 1,300 Dogs From Kill Shelters, Later Helps Them Find Forever Homes

Roman McConn along with his mother started Project Freedom Ride and together they rescue dogs from "kill shelters".

They say dogs are a man's best friend but here we have Roman McConn, who happens to be dogs' best friend. Seven-year-old Roman has been saving dogs since the age of four and so far, managed to save 1,300 dogs. Because of his selfless service to old, unwanted dogs who are in line for euthanasia at dog shelters, he was even awarded the 2018’s Kid of the Year title by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. 



“The first dog I do remember was in Washington,” Roman told InsideEdition.com. “His name was Sullivan and we called him Sully for short, but he was the sweetest. He was a big American bulldog. My mom said he was about the size of a small horse because he was huge.”

His mother, Jennifer McConn has been a great source of encouragement and support to her son and even helped him transport 31 dogs from Texas to Washington in December 2016. Together, they founded Project Freedom Ride which helps connect dogs and sometimes cats, from kill shelters with families who can provide them homes in their sunset years. 



"We often are asked if we are a rescue or a transport company and we are actually neither. The only way I can describe Project Freedom Ride is we are a “community,” Jennifer says on the Facebook page. Through their community, dogs can be adopted directly from Texas or from one of their receiving partners but only after a thorough vetting process and reference checks. "We have grown very organically which is what we love. We believe people recognize the love, compassion, and hard work of our “group” and want to get behind our cause," she said.



Due to the success of this project, videos of Roman playing with puppies became viral and he was invited to speak at an event in New York that sponsored his family as well. He spoke to the gathering about his philanthropy and told them about how he would ask his friends and family to donate to his favorite animal shelters instead of giving him presents.

“I think it's very important for the dogs I meet that I give them the best chance at finding the right home that they need,” Roman told InsideEdition.com. “I think a lot of other kids should be doing what I'm doing.”



Roman was even invited to go on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and described the experience as being "nutzo." On the show, he was given $20,000 and although a lot of kids his age would have probably splurged on toys, Roman told WRDW, "I donated the money to Project Freedom Ride. Every single dollar." The little kid even plans on having a global show and has partnered with The DoDo to help them make videos.


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