Seven year old Roman McConn may be just a little boy, but he is already making a big difference in the world, he has rescued more than 1,000 dogs from kill shelters! Roman started on his noble course when he was barely four years old. His mom, Jennifer McConn, said, “Roman opted to forgo birthday gifts on his fourth birthday and get money to help a rescue that he had seen on a pretty regular basis.”
Three years ago, the family adopted a dog from a kill shelter. This was the first time that Roman and his mom got to learn about kill shelters. Jeniffer recalled, “I was sunk. I became heavily involved with volunteering at the local shelter, with Roman’s help in making videos to help network the dogs.”
Soon after, Roman and his family relocated to Washington state. “The world for a dog, generally speaking, was so much better up here in Washington than down there in Texas.” Jennifer said. It was after the move that Jennifer once jokingly said that they should create an underground railroad to transport rescue dogs from Texas to the Pacific Northwest.
However, what was meant to be just a light joke gave birth to Project Freedom Ride. This is a program that connects unwanted or abandoned dogs, whose lives were most probably doomed to euthanasia, with loving families.
In 2016, Roman and his mom completed their first transport mission of 31 dogs from Texas to Washington. Currently, the pair rescues an average of about 50 dogs every month.
According to Jennifer, the best part is getting to witness the connection between the dogs and their new loving families. She said, “They develop this bond and this love for a dog they’ve never even met and then when they have that moment where everything comes together, it’s very overwhelming for some of them.”
Roman further added, “It makes me feel happy saving all these dogs. But it doesn’t just make me happy, I’m sure it makes all the dogs happy.”