Chris Kent is the founder and director of the K9 Project, a unique programme operating in Cambridgeshire .The K9 Project offers a range of Canine Assisted Education, Activity and therapeutic programmes and specialises in working with children and teenagers with special educational needs, learning difficulties, or struggling in mainstream education.
This project works to educate responsible dog owners of the future as well as increase self esteem and awareness in the students. They have recently expanded to offer programmes to unemployed adults to increase confidence and self esteem. The K9 Project also offers the ‘families and dogs ‘programme which offers advice, assistance and practical support to families who are having problems with their family dogs, but for reasons of disadvantage cannot access the usual channels of support.
This programme continues with the support of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust and local housing associations and works in partnership with housing, RSPCA, Dog Wardens and neighbourhood officers. Chris is also involved in dog rescue work and volunteers for some of the larger animal charities in various forms.
Chris is passionate about making the world a better place for both people and dogs, believing that education is the key, and specialises in working with people who are ‘hard to reach’ or experiencing multiple disadvantage. She shares her home with her husband and an assortment of rescue dogs, currently six – of all shapes and sizes.