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Hassan BuHamad

Hassan BuHamad

Thank you so much for considering me. It means the world to me to know that what I’m doing is being appreciated. I hope I can inspire somebody to believe in yourself and know that you can make a difference.

 

Please tell us about yourself.
My Name is Hassan BuHamad. I am 28 years old and a huge animal lover. I’m a dog behaviorist and trainer and also a volunteer and dog rescuer.

Tell us about your educational background.
I studied in the States from 2009 to 2016. I’m not going to lie, I had a rough time through college. I attended 5 different universities (counting my ESL program makes it 6) and tried 3 majors. I’m currently working on obtaining my bachelor’s in media productions. In the field of dog training, I have a couple of commercial certifications (usually done by testing in the field) plus many years of private education between online learning and self-learning from academic resources – and I’m still learning.

Tell us about your family.
My family is my backbone. Since a young age, I was always family oriented. We are a family of 5 and I’m the middle child. My father is my hero and my sister is my princess.

Describe your family support.
If it wasn’t for my father and his support I wouldn’t be half the man I am today. My dad was there for me and believed in me through times of hardship. He was proud of me.
The rest of my family is supportive of what I want to do and have always shown love since a young age. When I say family I don’t just mean mom, dad and my bother and little sister, I mean my extended family too. We were always close and that includes the cousins – life-long best friends!

How did your formative years lead to your success?
Ever since I can remember, I have loved animals. There is picture-proof of that even before I can remember. Growing up as kid, we always spent weekends at my grandparent’s house. My grandma used to raise chickens and I remember feeding them and caring for them. Chasing after the chickens is one of my best memories. My grandfather always led by example and was a big influence on my childhood. Even though he was illiterate, he was one of the kindest people and always environmentally aware. He loved planting and cared for animals out of kindness. He loved camping and would camp for almost half of the year; he just loved to connect with nature. While spending months in the desert (sometimes from late September to late April in Kuwait), he spent most of his time cleaning the desert and planting whenever he could. He also used to feed leftovers to desert strays and dogs would end up staying in and around our camp site. Some dogs would show up the next year as we usually camped in the same area annually. I remember bonding with some of those dogs. Some I saw for over 3 years and I even named them. At one point, there was a pack of over 20 dogs living in the camp with us. That was an amazing experience and what set the foundation for my love of animals.

Any life changing experiences?
Many actually but dog related, it would be Iron. He’s a dog and he taught me how much change is possible and how much you and I can make a difference.

Any dreams while growing up? Did they come true?
To be a published musician! No, not really – but it remains a hobby.

Tell us about your earlier work experiences.
I started as a volunteer whenever I could at a local shelter and rescue in the States, plus freelancing whenever someone would reach me. It was 100% from word of mouth recommendations.

Tell us a little about your current job.
I’m currently freelancing in Kuwait and also working on establishing a non-profit rehabilitation center for shelter dogs in Kuwait, with a possible partnership soon.

Tell us about your industry.
The pet culture is growing in Kuwait and the number of dogs is at a record high (and growing). This means the industry is doing amazing but more education and awareness is needed.

What lies behind the growth of the company?
I don’t have a company yet but I’m working on it – hopefully by the first quarter of 2020.

How has business been in the past one or two years?
Well, I have only been working in Kuwait for a year (I came back from the States in September 2018) and since then it has only been growing.

Define success.
To me, success is being satisfied and happy with what you are doing. It’s also achieving the goals you set for yourself.

What motivates you?
My career is my passion and I love what I do. I love knowing that I can make a difference and sometimes change lives and destinies.

What inspired you to be the person you are today?
I have so many teachers in life – some I have met and others I have yet to meet. The people that taught me and believed in me are those who inspire me. And of course my lovely pack!

How would you like to be remembered?
The kind heart that cares and does things out of passion and care.

Your favourite thing to do?
Spending quality time with my pack somewhere in nature, obviously.

Who are your real-life heroes?
My dad/father and my pops.

Describe yourself in three words.
Driven, passionate, artistic.

Where do you envision yourself in five years?
Being part of a high caliber humane society in Kuwait.

I believe…
You can make a difference.

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams…
My dream is to celebrate the 1000th saved dog and maybe be stray-free in Kuwait.

What’s the secret of your success?
Loving what I do.

My support is…
My family and friends who believe in the cause. I’m lucky to always have a hand reaching for me whenever I need it.

It is said that every inspirational person has been inspired by another, was that the case for you?
Of course, seeing what others have achieved is inspiring. You just have to do the work.

Your message for other people?
Do you what you love, love what you do, follow your heart, success will follow through. Work for your dreams, do what you know you are best at and don’t let others tell you how to live your life! Be your own success.

Your hobbies?
Photography, hiking and being outdoors. Also basketball, volleyball and music production.

Your achievements?
That’s hard for me to say. I have many personal achievements but none relevant to my career or dogs. Would saving a life count?

I am scared of…
Losing my beloved.

I fear…
Cruelty toward animals by some individuals in this society.

What is your favourite holiday spot and why?
Florida – it’s my second home.

Your favourite quote?
“People are one of two, either your brother in religion, or your peer in creation.” Imam Ali.

On being selected as an Inspiring Man for the year…
Thank you so much for considering me. It means the world to me to know that what I’m doing is being appreciated. I hope I can inspire somebody to believe in yourself and know that you can make a difference.

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