On December 14, 2012, a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School and took the lives of twenty innocent children and six adults. One of the victims was six-year-old, Catherine Violet Hubbard, a beautiful child who will be remembered for her love of all animals, her beautiful red hair and her constant smile.
The Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation, Inc. is a charitable organization that supports projects and programs that best reflect and honor Catherine’s memory, including the CVH Animal Sanctuary, Cornell Veterinary Medical School’s Shelter Medicine Scholarship, Catherine’s Peace Team, and Catherine’s Cups of Kindness. The Foundation is determined to spread kindness through acts of compassion and acceptance.
In memory of Catherine Violet Hubbard’s love of animals, her sanctuary will serve as a place of healing; a place where lives are saved, a place to launch humane education programs – a place where all creatures, great and small, are rescued, respected and loved.
The Sanctuary property consists of 34 acres, located in the heart of Newtown CT. The address is Old Farm Road (across from Fairfield Hills and behind Reed Intermediate).
In September of 2014, the Connecticut State House of Representatives, the Senate and the state’s governor, Dannel P. Malloy, conveyed this land to the Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation, Inc. The property is valued at just under five million dollars.
Currently, the process of permitting is underway. In June 2017 we received approval for our inland wetlands application. The final two approvals needed are zoning and Phase I. Construction can begin once all approvals are given and our fundraiser goals are met. We are hopeful that construction will begin late 2018.
Phase I, which includes the road, infrastructure and main building is estimated at six million dollars.
P H Architects, a Newtown-based architectural firm is generously donating their time and services to design the Sanctuary. The initial plans outline the creation of the state-of-the-art facility which will include a welcome and learning center, library, veterinary intake center, barn, butterfly garden, canine and feline communities, outdoor amphitheater and community garden.
Parking is currently available at the end of Old Farm Road. Visitors can park and the walk across the bridge to the Sanctuary property. Future access routes for visitors and emergency vehicles are currently being discussed with town officials.
The Sanctuary property is open to the public and we encourage visitors to explore its extensive trail system, either by foot or on horseback. We do ask all visitors to use caution in navigating the uneven terrain. Once the animal Sanctuary is operational, the public will still have access to the trail system.
Next to the property lies a byway for the Pootatuck River, an important area for migrating trout. How will you protect this waterway?
As an animal Sanctuary, it is our mission to protect and nurture the creatures of this world. We will take every measure to ensure that there is no impact or run off to the stream.
Depending on the access route of the property, our goal is to keep the woodlands intact. In addition, we will be implementing an invasive removal program to restore the current woodlands to better balance.
At this time, the Sanctuary does not have or accept animals. In the future, the Sanctuary will be a safe haven for abused, neglected or abandoned animals in need of healing support. We will house farm animals first (pigs, goats, lambs, etc.) and then companion animals (dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, etc.). Rescued wildlife will have temporary residence until they can be rehabilitated and released back into their native environment.
Yes. We will only take in animals if we have a staff person with specific knowledge and expertise in dealing with a certain animal breed. Our priority is the safety and care of the animals in our program.