“I think they deserve more than a life in a kennel."

By Meghan Overdeep
April 10, 2019

Roman McConn is only seven years old and he’s already done a lifetime of good. Along with his mom Jennifer, the youngster has helped save well over 1,000 dogs from kill shelters since 2016.

The McConns began volunteering with their local dog rescue after adopting their own dog from a Texas kill shelter in 2015. It was Roman’s job to help his mom make videos to promote adoptable dogs on social media. Clips of him sharing a little bit about each dog’s breed, age, and why they need a home were an instant hit.

When Roman’s dad, who serves in the Navy, was assigned overseas, he and his mom moved from Texas to Washington (her home state) along with 31 adoptable dogs. "I would joke with Texas Rescues about an underground railroad for dogs up to Washington because the world for a dog, generally speaking, was so much better up here in Washington than down there in Texas," explained on Facebook.

It wasn’t long before that joke became a reality, and Project Freedom Ride was born. Roman and Jennifer began fundraising to help the shelter in Texas continue to relocate hundreds of dogs to the Pacific Northwest, where the odds of finding forever homes was much greater.

Today, they work with a number of high-kill shelters throughout Texas and Georgia to help settle their dogs—and the occasional cat—in the Pacific Northwest. Since Project Freedom Ride started in December 2016, the McConn family and their partners has helped save more than 1,400 dogs.  

Roman, who’s been called a “born dog whisperer” helps do everything from making marketing videos for the dogs to reaching out to families interested in adopting them.

"He's the life blood of Project Freedom Ride," his mother told ABC News in January.

Once Project Freedom Ride matches the dogs with new owners or Humane Societies in the Pacific Northwest, they hire transport companies to get the lucky pups across the country. The entire process costs about $11,000 per transport—money collected through donations.

“I think they deserve more than a life in a kennel," Roman told ABC News.

Keep up the good work, Roman!