Six-year-old Catherine Violet Hubbard was kind. A lover of all animals, she always made a point to show them extraordinary compassion. Catherine 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 14th, 2012, Catherine’s life ended at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
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’s love of animals and crusade of compassion, the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary is being created in Newtown, CT – a place where all creatures will know they are safe and people are kind, just as Catherine would have wanted.
The Sanctuary property consists of 34 acres, located in the heart of Newtown CT. The property is located at the end of Old Farm Road in Newtown (behind Reed Intermediate School and the dog park). Visitors can park and walk across the bridge to the sanctuary grounds.
In September of 2014, the Connecticut State House of Representatives, Senate and Governor, Dannel P. Malloy, conveyed this land to the Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation, Inc. The property is valued at just under five million dollars.
All planning and zoning approvals have been granted. Once fundraising goals are reached, construction is planned to begin in 2019.
Phase I (includes road, infrastructure and main building) is estimated at 6 million dollars. To date, approximately 1 million has been raised for the build, including a grant from the ASPCA in support of the veterinary intake facility. Fundraising efforts continue as we build partnerships with corporate and private supporters. If you know a business, group or individual who might like to learn more about this project, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Yes, the property is open to the public from sunrise to sunset. Visitors are welcome to explore the beautiful meadows, woodlands and extensive hiking and bridle trails. Visitors are asked to use caution in navigating the uneven terrain.
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. The sanctuary will provide care, housing and adoption services for companion and farm animals in crisis. In addition, wildlife rescue and release programs will help orphaned or injured wildlife.
No. The sanctuary does not have a building at this time and cannot accept any animals on-site.
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.