Kym Iffert began her work with dogs and cats after adopting a dog from a rural Indiana shelter that required extensive physical and behavioral rehabilitation. In 2005, Kym received her initial training certification from Animal Behavior College and started working with a Chicago-based animal shelter as a volunteer as well as running a variety of training classes and family outreach programs and eventually became the Director of Shelter Operations. Since then, she has been focused on continuing her education and extending her outreach to shelters and rescue partners.
She is certified through the Certification Council of Pet Dog Trainers, Fear Free Training Professionals and Sophia Yin’s Low Stress Handling University. Kym has completed specialized, ongoing coursework as a Family Paws Parent Educator, completed Michael Shikasio’s Aggressive Dog Training Course, as well as several classes through the Association of Animal Welfare Administrators, and the IAABC with a focus on animals suffering from fear, anxiety and a wide spectrum of behavioral issues. Having moved to Nashville in 2019, she stepped in as the Animal Care Director at Crossroads Campus to continue providing education, training and resources. Kym is currently involved with Maddie’s Fund, Human Animal Support Services, and the Nashville Safe Coalition networks to help keep animals with their families and to support owners and overcrowded animal intake facilities.
With the ultimate goal of helping people help the animals in their care, Kym continues to pursue education, create awareness and provide support for families and animal caregivers.
Kym is the mother of three grown daughters, raised in Chicago where she began her career in animal welfare. She currently lives with her husband and two rescue dogs in Nashville, TN