While other kids his age are into toys and still thinking about what they want to be in the future, it seems that Roman McConn was able to figure it out. He has a heart for animals at a tender age and a sense of awareness and what he should do. He’s discovered his passion just before his fourth birthday when their family visited the local animal shelter and saw the bad the animals’ situation was.
Therefore, instead of asking for presents, Roman and his parents agreed to donate to the shelter. They used the amount they gathered to save 31 dogs from euthanasia and transported them to Jennifer’s home state in Washington. According to her, the dogs will have a better life there compared to Texas.
Initially, they didn’t want to visit. It was easy to ignore the situation, but then Jennifer and Roman saw the dogs’ pictures, which eventually led them to adopt one of their dogs named Luna.
Roman and his mom Jennifer thought they would resume their everyday lives after that. Still, one event led to another one until they decided to make it a lasting commitment. Roman’s experience with the local shelter led to the birth of Project Free Ride. This nonprofit organization aims to save dogs from euthanasia, to connect them to potential adoptive families in the Pacific Northwest and Northeast.
Apart from his passion for animals, Roman is also an eloquent speaker. To speed up the adoption of the dogs, Roman uses this gift and his time to feature the rescued animals in his videos, taking his time to talk about each animal. His favorite part of his work sees the dogs arrive and visit the dogs in the shelter. As shared during his guesting in The Ellen show, his ultimate goal is to have every dog in the United States adopted.
Roman’s efforts and advocacy made him 2018’s Kid of The Year by the American Society for The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Roman could save over 1000 dogs, 40 cats, including a guinea pig – and still counting!
Watch Roman and Jennifer talk about their story here:
Source: Animalkind via Youtube