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6-Year-Old Boy Rescues More Than 1,000 Dogs from High-Kill Shelters

by Kim Wong-Shing
Kim Wong-Shing is a staff writer at LittleThings. Her work spans beauty, wellness, pop culture, identity, food, and other topics. She is a contributing writer at NaturallyCurly, and her work has also appeared in HelloGiggles, Lifehacker, Wear Your Voice Magazine, and other outlets. She grew up in Philadelphia, attended Brown University, and is now based in New Orleans.

Every year, an estimated 3.3 million dogs enter shelters across the U.S. For many pet lovers, the mere thought of that many pups sitting in cages, waiting patiently for their forever families, is both upsetting and frustrating.

But for one special little boy, the solution is simple: Find them homes.

Roman, 6, has been credited with saving more than 1,000 at-risk dogs (and counting), rescuing them from shelters and promoting them on Facebook until they’re adopted.

Roman’s awesome mission began when he was just 4 years old, Q13 Fox reported. He was at an adoption event in Texas with his mom, Jennifer McConn, when he had a sudden spark of inspiration.

“He kept asking why [the dogs] were there, and I would tell him they were looking for homes.

And in that 4-year-old mind, he’s like, ‘We just need to find them homes!'” said McConn.

Thus, Project Freedom Ride was born.

With the help of his mom, Roman transports dogs from high-kill shelters in Texas to Washington, where his family now lives, and adopt them out to loving homes. Those who aren’t rescued immediately are then placed in local shelters. If a dog struggles to find the right home once living in a shelter, Ronan will pay them a visit and make each pup his or her own video, which he later posts on Facebook to spread awareness.

“It feels really, really good,” Roman told Q13. As it should: Just watch what happens when one of Project Freedom Ride’s pups meets his new owner.

Footage provided by KCPQ Seattle

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