Who would’ve thought that saving dogs and starting up a rescue effort for dogs that are bound to be euthanized or put down in kill shelters would be in the mind of a boy who is only seven years old? Clearly, as this age, some would fantasize on playing toys and going on theme parks but it wasn’t the case for Roman Mcconn.
The child’s mentality and efforts saved up to a staggering thousand individual dogs that about to experience a tragic end on their lives. He created what is to be known as Project Freedom Ride. It is a charity aimed to save dogs from being killed or put down in kill shelters because no family would adopt the dogs. Aside from saving them from this type of ordeal, the child pairs the dogs with families from all around the country in the hopes of finding them a caring and loving family each dog deserves.
Roman, with the guidance and motivation of his mother, got inspired with this idea after adopting their family dog way back in 2015. Bothered with the continuous rise of euthanasia cases in the state of Texas, Roman armed with his creativity and great love for dogs that are in shelters, created and filmed videos to be able to advertise the dogs that are not yet given the chance to be a part of a family.
In collaboration with Roman’s effort, his mom pushes the advocacy of policies that push for no killing of dogs to the community and its state legislators. What started out in 2015 as some sort of avenue for puppies and dogs that have not been adopted and are in the risk of being put down. To properly organize the mother and son’s effort, they formalized the “Project Freedom Ride.”
For their first mission on the year of 2016, 31 total dogs have been rescued from the state of Washington up to their hometown, Texas. In its current operations, 50 dogs are saved on average per month.
Although their efforts of rescuing dogs are not the same or to be likened as rescues that are based on transportation, both Roman and his mom would state that “Project Freedom Ride” is an effort from the community which is all about connecting all of those dogs that are unwanted and abandoned in Texas with all of those families and rescue groups who may be interested in adopting them. These dogs are actually about to be euthanized.
In an interview, Roman said that doing this actually helps make him feel really happy that he is able to save a huge amount of dogs. In addition, he said that happiness is not only something that he feels but he is sure that the dogs are happy as well.
Hundreds of dogs are being brought down to a kill shelter because no one would take them in. In order for animal shelters to regulate the number of dogs or animals staying in their premises, they would likely choose elderly dogs or dogs that have been staying long enough but still not getting adopted. They will be bound for euthanasia. Although it is considered an inhumane, shelters have to free up space for new ones as well. If you think your family could handle a furry friend in the household, don’t hesitate to go to your nearest shelter and save a life.