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7-Year-Old Wins ASPCA Award For Rescuing More Than 1,300 Dogs From High-Kill Shelters

by Angela Andaloro

It’s no secret that most children love animals. While some wish they could keep every puppy and kitten they come across, one 7-year-old is being recognized by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) for making real change for animals in need.

Roman McConn of Augusta, Georgia, has aided in saving over 1,300 dogs since deciding to dedicate himself to the cause at 4 years old.

It all started when Roman asked family and friends not to give him gifts for his 4th birthday. Instead, he wanted them to donate money to his favorite animal rescue. With his mom Jennifer’s support, Roman looked into more hands-on ways of helping rescue dogs. This led to them transporting 31 dogs from a kill shelter in Texas to Washington, where they helped the dogs find forever homes.

Roman thinks an important part of what he has done is give the animals a chance to showcase their personalities. Jennifer shoots videos of Roman playing with shelter dogs and uploads them to Facebook. This gives people the chance to see what the dogs are like and that they don’t pose a risk to any children. “She posts it on Facebook so people can see it,” Roman explained. “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.”

What started as a small act of kindness has evolved into Project Freedom Ride, Jennifer and Roman’s organization that helps rescue animals from kill shelters in Texas and find them forever homes. Roman hopes that other children will hear his story and become interested in helping animals in their area.

Watch the video to see Roman accept his ASPCA Kid of the Year award!

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