Kim Hepple (Buddy’s Handler)
I worked for Hull City Council for ten years as a Sports Development and Community Participation officer. 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 socialize with the volunteers, I realized the effect that animals, especially dogs can have on children.
I have qualifications in First Aid, Canine First Aid, Dog Psychology, Teacher Training, Yoga, Sports Science, healthy eating, Dementia Awareness and various Hull City Council Training Courses.
I resigned from Hull City Council in April 2010 to concentrate on Pet Respect.