When 7-year-old Roman McConn adopted a dog with his mom in 2015, he became concerned about the high rates of euthanasia in his home state of Texas, so he started making videos on behalf of dogs in shelters to help them get adopted while his mother advocated for no-kill policies to state legislators.

A year later, Roman and his mother launched Project Freedom to be an "underground railroad" for dogs at risk of being euthanized, transporting 31 dogs from Texas to Washington on their first mission, The organization now rescues an average of 50 dogs a month, adding up to a staggering total of over 1,000 dogs rescued and connected with loving families and Humane Societies in the Pacific Northwest.

According to Roman, he "feels happy" to be saving dogs. "But it doesn't just make me happy," he recently told Inside Edition, "I'm sure it makes all the dogs happy."

Many pets end up in shelters after the passing of their owners. Many of these animals are euthanized. However, as Roman is showing, it doesn't have to be this way. One option to ensure that your pet is taken care of after your passing, is to provide for your pet in a pet trust. Minnesota has finally (it became the last state in the country to do so) passed legislation authorizing the use of trusts to hold money to be used for the care of your pet. 

After the law was passed, the Minnesota State Bar approached me to teach my colleagues throughout the state how to properly set up and use these types of trusts to protect their pets. If you would like to learn how you can leave money to take care of your pets so they do not end up in the Humane Society, give us a call at (763) 420-5087

Chuck Roulet
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