7-year-old Boy Wins the ASPCA Award for Rescuing More Than 1,300 Dogs from High-Kill Shelters

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“I can tell you [Sadie’s] super sweet,” he continued. “But she really needs to be trained to walk on a leash [so she can] be a happy dog like all the other dogs.”

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Roman made videos for a huge number of dogs. Below, he’s pictured with Legend, a deaf dog, and Cady, who lost her eye in an accident.

However, back in 2016, they came across a problem. Namely, Roman’s dad, who is part of the Navy, had to locate overseas, and Roman and his mom had to move to Washington D.C. Sadly, it meant they could no longer visit the Texas high-kill shelter and continue helping the dogs.

Others in the place of Jen and Roman would probably ditch the idea of finding homes to dogs so far from their home, but not these two. Jen not only didn’t quit on her son’s dream, but she believed it would be even better if all those dogs could find their homes in Washington. “The world for a dog, generally speaking,” she said, “was so much better up here in Washington than down there in Texas…People take them hiking and there’s stuff to do.”

At first, she said she would start an Underground Railroad, which was a transportation network that transported slaves from captivity to free states in the 19th century. She joked, of course, but she later realized it wouldn’t be such a bad idea if she could make it work.

You have probably figured it out until now that the sky was the limit for these determined and dedicated mother and son.

Soon, they started the Project Freedom Ride and started with bringing around 31 dogs from the Texas high-kill shelter to loving homes in Washington. Of course, it was all possible because of Roman’s cute videos.

Believe it or not, Jen and Roman helped 1,050 dogs get their happy ending by 2018. Speaking of their work, she wrote on Instagram, “Roman has literally become the lifeblood of Project Freedom Ride.”

As for Roman, he says, “It makes me feel happy saving all these dogs. But it doesn’t just make me happy, I’m sure it makes all the dogs happy.”

People fell in love with what Roman and Jen are doing. Their Project Freedom Ride has many followers on the social media. It also attracted the attention of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, who rewarded Roman with the ASPCA award and flew him out to New York City for the ceremonies.

Until now, the number of dogs the project helped is 1300. Both Roman and Jen hope to extend it even further. Aren’t these two an amazing team?



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