Catherine always said that one day she would care for all animals – they were her love affair and nurturing them, her passion. Had she not fallen victim in the tragedy of Sandy Hook, there is no doubt she would have realized her dream. The Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary is that wish fulfilled for a little girl lost too soon.

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Six-year-old Catherine Violet Hubbard was kind. A lover of all animals, she always made it a point to show them extraordinary compassion. Whether she was gently cradling an insect in her palm, or squeezing a furry friend in a full-bodied hug, Catherine wanted them to know that they could trust her and that she would keep them safe from harm. She said that when she grew up, she was going to take care of the animals, even creating her own business cards for “Catherine’s Animal Shelter,” with the self-appointed title of “Care Taker.”

Tragically, on December 14, 2012, Catherine’s life ended at Sandy Hook Elementary School – cutting short a young girl’s dream before it could become a reality.

Determined to honor their daughter’s memory and continue her crusade of compassion, Catherine’s parents are creating the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary in Newtown, CT – a place of peace and inspiration where all creatures will know they are safe and that people are kind, just as Catherine would have wanted.