UPDATE | 7-year-old from Evans donates $20,000 from Ellen

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Friday, January 11, 2019

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Roman McConn says there's only one word to describe what it's like to be on The Ellen Show.

"I was going to go nutzo," Roman McConn said.

But there were absolutely no words to describe what happened next.

"The amount of money I got was exactly $20,000! Inside at the moment I was just feeling so excited that I just wanted to explode."

But what could a 7-year-old do with $20,000?

"$20,000 could cover like hundreds of Lego sets, but Lego sets aren't really important."

His choice was simple.

"I donated the money to Project Freedom Ride. Every single dollar."

He says he's using it to transport the animals from kill shelters to their new homes.

"The smaller transports usually cover like 20 to 30 dogs and the larger transports usually cover like 70 to 80 dogs."

Roman says the smaller transports cost up to $5,000 and the larger ones cost up to $15,000. The $20,000 check from Ellen will go towards one small transport and one large transport, saving more than 100 dogs.

It's a selfless act that for Roman, means the world.

"I'm so excited for all these dogs to get homes."

Roman says he also has plans for a global show. He's partnering with The DoDo, a digital media site about animals. He'll help them make videos.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

(WRDW/WAGT) -- This probably isn’t a huge surprise for many animal shelters in the River Region but Roman McConn was named as ASPCA’s 2018 Kid of The Year.

The 7-year-old was featured on Ellen Thursday and expressed how happy he was to accept the award.

When Ellen asked how long he’s been helping animals he tilted his head to the side to recall and said, “Since I was about 4.”

Roman tells an inspiring story of how he believes every animal shouldn’t be in a kennel. He goes on to pose the question “What kinda life is that?”

To see the interview and to find out what Roman’s doing next  CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Roman McConn will be featured on the Ellen Show on Thursday for his animal rescue project.

Ellen will speak to Roman about his animal rescue project, Project Freedom Ride.

Ellen will also present him with a special award and a check for $20,000.


*photo was taken by Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.*

Monday, January 7, 2019

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Roman McConn will be featured on the Ellen Show on Thursday for his animal rescue project.

This courageous 7-year-old from Augusta is being recognized for rescuing over 1300 dogs from kill shelters through his family’s organization, Project Freedom Ride.

Roman received the 2018 ASPCA Kid of the Year Award for his work rescuing animals.


Friday, December 21, 2018
News 12 at 6/NBC at 7

EVANS, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A 7-year-old boy has gotten national attention for saving more than a 1,000 dogs from kill shelters.

And today he's at it again, helping out his furry friends. This time, it’s here in Evans where he's from.

Around the world, kids are making their lists and Santa's checking it twice.

Roman McConn made his own list.

"We got two pooper scoopers!" said McConn. "Look at it it's a flying cat toy."

But the gifts are not for him.

"It's Christmas at the shelter,” said McConn.

He's 7 years old, but he's spending his holiday giving presents to the animals at the Augusta Animal Shelter.

Boxes full of presents are all in thanks to donations from his thousands of followers.

"It feels like the whole world knows my name!" said McConn.

And they do.

"Project Freedom Ride just made NBC nightly news. And you think that's big? Well there's bigger news coming right here!" said McConn.

He caught the eyes of the nation because he saved 1,300 dogs from kill shelters.

"It's actually very sad that they get dumped in a shelter towards Christmas time. I mean it feels like getting a lump of coal in your stocking!" said McConn.

At just four years old, he and his mom started Project Freedom Ride. They visit local shelters and make videos all in an effort to find a forever home.

"I want them to know about the dogs and that they need help. I mean, they can't stay in a kennel because they could go to heaven because nobody came for them," said McConn.

But until they find that home, he's making their Christmas a little brighter this year.

They've expanded Project Freedom Ride and they'll have their own TV show. He won't say anything on the details but he did say it will be coming next year.