Pet Respect is an animal education charity operating in the Hull and East Riding area which is run entirely by volunteers.  Our main priority is to engage as many primary school children as possible.

By using innovative ideas we promote responsible pet ownership and anti-animal cruelty addressing issues of bullying and promoting The Golden Rule in life:

Treat others as you would like be treated yourself

Pet Respect was established by Kim Hepple and Marina Hartley; their profiles are below:

Kim Hepple


My last career was with Hull City Council where I worked with young people as a Sports Development and Community Participation officer for over 10 years.  Whilst working for Hull Sports Development I worked alongside at risk children and provided them with role models and activities to divert them from crime and anti social behaviour.  Through my work I identified a need to teach respect about all living things.  Many children have pets but often do not understand their feelings and needs During my time at Hull City Council, I used to take children in the care system to Hull Animal Welfare Trust to walk and play with the rescued dogs.  The young people learnt many skills and how to socialise with the volunteers, I realised the effect that animals, especially  dogs can have on children.  My last job included organising events and activities for young people, community engagement, risk assessment, health and safety, grant applications, evaluation and output monitoring.

I have qualifications in First Aid, Canine First Aid, Dog Psychology, Teacher Training, Fitness, yoga, sport science ,healthy eating, and various Hull City Council training courses. I resigned from Hull City Council in April 2010 to concentrate on Pet Respect.  Throughout my childhood, I spent a lot of time campaigning for animal rights, and continue to do so. I have always loved animals and wanted to be a vegetarian when I was 10 years old but my mother wouldn’t let me! She gave in when I was 14.  I am now 54 (still 18 in my head!) and have been a vegan for the last 12 years. I live with my husband Peter and until the 31st January 2013, my beautiful Cairn terrier, Skipper (see below) who lived for over 16 years.  We went for 15 months without a dog and finally got Buddy another Cairn Terrier in April 2014. Buddy is training to be a therapy dog, alongside Jess.

Marina Hartley

I worked as a kennel assistant on a training scheme at Drewton kennels, South Cave.  My duties included cleaning, exercising dogs, grooming, feeding and addressing any special dietary requirements for the dogs.  Whilst at the kennels I noticed that some of the stray dogs admitted had suffered abuse, it became apparent that this was an increasing problem. I have supported friends and family in training their dogs and over the years have helped with some canine behavioural problems. I have been a volunteer worker for various charities, working with at risk youths.  I completed a NVQ 2 in drug awareness studies which gave me the qualification to be able to give young people drug awareness advice.  I have also completed a Pet Bereavement Counselling course at NVQ level 3, Pet First Aid and a Canine Psychology Workshop.  I completed an Animal Assisted Therapy Course in July 2011. I have also helped run dog obedience and a flyball club, plus I used to help muck out the stables at Walkington on Saturday mornings.

I love all aniIMGP4003-Copy1mals and I am particularly interested in the human/animal abuse link and ways of addressing it. I live with my husband Paul, my son, Glen, who is also a volunteer and Director of Pet Respect. Glen has created this website and updates this, our Twitter, Facebook and Just Giving pages. Jess, our Border Collie, is also Pet Respect’s Therapy Dog. Jess loves visiting schools,  residential homes schools and taking part in our community events.  She also does flyball, agility and scent work.