Numerous animal rights activists and campaigns are working hard to raise awareness about the importance of rescuing stray dogs.
However, this empathy is innate in children, being the purest among us all, and Roman McConn proves it. This young hero started rescuing animals since the age of four, together with his mother Jennifer.
For his fourth birthday, he asked his friends and family to donate to a Texas-based animal rescue instead of buying him things. Three years later, and Roman has managed to save over 1,300 unwanted dogs and 40 cats!
What’s more, this boy tries to help those animals that are most in need, like the ones enlisted for euthanasia in shelters.
Every time he plays with a homeless dog or a cat, Jennifer records him, and posts the video on Facebook, to encourage people to adopt them.
“She posts it on Facebook so people can see it. 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.”
Yet, he also talks to the animals and tries to find out more about their personality, so employees at the local shelter also claim he is a real-life “dog whisperer”.
Being completely dedicated to helping animals, Roman says that “dogs don’t need to be in a shelter, they need to do things.”
He volunteers with Project Freedom Ride, a relocation network community founded by his mother in 2016, whose mission is “to be the connection between unwanted dogs in high kill areas of Texas and loving families in the Pacific Northwest.”
“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.”
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.
We are constantly growing and expanding; in no way did Roman or I see this when we had our first transport. We hope you continue to follow our journey as we now live in Georgia and are starting to coordinate transports to the Northeast of the country. “
She also says that her son is so caring and loving, that whenever he learns that one of these animals has been adopted, “he lights up like a Christmas tree. “
Due to “his compassion for vulnerable animals and his commitment to advocating for them well beyond his years” Roman was named Kid of the Year by the ASPCA in 2018.
“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. I think a lot of other kids should be doing what I’m doing.”
After netizens saw the videos of Roman playing with shelter animals, the boy quickly became a celebrity and was even a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
He received $20,000 there, and he donated all the money to Project Freedom Ride.
His next goal is to host a global show and has partnered with The DoDo to help them make videos.