“I just love operating with pet dogs,” explained the rising sixth-grader who lives in Ga with his mother, dad, four canines and numerous fostered animals. “I want to give them a 2nd chance.”
Roman was 4 a long time old and dwelling in Texas when he learned about the tragic destiny of some shelter pet dogs. All through a vacation to a pet store, he saw canines in crates waiting to be adopted. His mom and dad spelled out to him that, due to the fact of overcrowding at shelters, the animals that could not find families rapidly more than enough ended up at hazard of currently being “put down,” or euthanized (pronounced YU-than-ized). That means they are presented medicine that promptly kills them. This heartbreaking truth enthusiastic Roman to act.
“I dove in head 1st,” he explained of his new mission to obtain every single shelter pet in the United States a residence.
To attain his objective, Roman makes playful movies of individual dogs at neighborhood shelters, which his mother shares on social media. When picking his stars, he does not appear for the pups with the fluffiest fur or floppiest ears. He spotlights the underdogs.
“We decide on kinds that have been there the longest and have the saddest story and are much less very likely to get adopted, like pit bulls, labs and other major pet dogs,” stated Roman, who hosted a YouTube present about rescues on the Dodo Youngsters community when he was 8 years aged.
About a year soon after Roman began earning the videos, he and his mom started Venture Liberty Trip. The nonprofit organization transports undesirable canines from Texas, where by their survival level is often lower, to northern states, where their chances of adoption are larger. Given that 2016, Task Independence Ride has saved more than 4,200 dogs, which includes the 17 that surface on “Roman to the Rescue.” (The community introduced the 1st seven episodes in February the other 10 will turn into readily available this summertime.)
“Roman has experienced a positive impression on the lives of thousands of animals for over half his daily life,” said YuJung Kim, team publisher at the Dodo, which makes the series for Disney. “While currently being just a standard child at the conclude of the working day — he loves Legos, ‘Star Wars’ and enjoying with his close friends — Roman displays us that it’s achievable to channel a enthusiasm for animals into meaningful improve at any age.”
In every single episode, Roman focuses on a person pet. Initially, he determines the pup’s character (athletic, shy or clingy) and favorite actions (tummy rubs, swimming or supplying kisses). Then he tosses around filmmaking concepts with a inventive workforce of young superstars, this sort of as Issac Ryan Brown from “Raven’s Home.”
After the movie is posted, Roman and Aziza Glass, a veterinarian, sort as a result of the programs and pick out the best kid for that dog. Prior to handing the pooch more than to its new family members, he presents his 4-legged close friend a final cuddle — a bittersweet knowledge.
“I experience so joyful when the dog receives adopted,” he stated, “but at times it’s so tricky to permit the pet dog go.” However, there was one he was keen to bid farewell to: a terrier named Honey who, Roman reported, “would stare at you and poop.”
Roman posts photographs and videos of Texas and Ga shelter pet dogs on Venture Freedom Ride’s Instagram account. The organization’s internet site also features data about his volunteer operate and rescued puppy situations. Roman claimed young children of any age can support shelter puppies. He endorses getting in contact with nearby shelters and asking if they require donations (blankets, toys, treats), support going for walks or shelling out time with the canines, or even developing movies of dogs that could use additional love.