Former Sedro-Woolley boy to be on ‘Ellen’

January 12, 2019
Roman McConn gives a belly rub to Emilio, a Chihuahua-dachshund mix, in August 2017. Emilio was one of the dogs Project Freedom Ride brought to the Humane Society of Skagit Valley.

Skagit County residents tuning into “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” today may notice a familiar face.

Former Sedro-Woolley resident Roman McConn, 7, will be on the show to discuss his involvement in Project Freedom Ride, a nonprofit founded in 2016 by his mom Jennifer McConn.

The nonprofit works to relocate shelter dogs from Texas to areas where their chances of adoption are better, including to the Humane Society of Skagit Valley in 2016 and 2017.

Roman McConn has been involved in the nonprofit since its beginning and has gained publicity through his videos encouraging people to adopt animals in need.

Through his work, Roman received the 2018 ASPCA Tommy P. Monahan Kid of the Year Award and the Humane Society of Skagit Valley’s 2017 Clayton Award.

While Roman and his family now live in Georgia, Project Freedom Ride continues to relocate dogs — and some cats — from Texas and Georgia to Washington.

Northwest Organization for Animal Help (NOAH) in Stanwood has been a partner with the nonprofit from the start.

“Roman’s got something,” Operations Director Lani Kurtz said. “There’s an air about him that the animals are drawn to.”

Since 2016, NOAH has received 443 animals through Project Freedom Ride.

“We truly believe in what they’re doing because our mission is to stop the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable and treatable homeless dogs and cats,” Kurtz said. “We’re very excited for Jen and Roman.”

On Feb. 16, NOAH will host a Project Freedom Ride reunion where supporters can bring their dogs and meet Roman and Jennifer McConn in person.