The future sanctuary facility will reflect Catherine’s empathy for all creatures by providing unsurpassed care for its animal residents and hands-on educational programs for the community.

Embodying Catherine’s vision…

The pavilion entrance point, the heart and soul of the building, was thoughtfully designed to represent Catherine, its red terracotta tiled roof symbolizing her radiant hair and spirit.  The colonades on either side represent her outreaching arms, ready to embrace every animal and person who enters.

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What’s Ahead

  • – Construction of public access road (2020)
  • – Installation of pollinator gardens (2020)
  • – Community garden beds produce food for community (2020)
  • – Construction of main building which will provide multifunctional space to support and expand current programming.
  • – Construction of veterinary intake facility and animal caretaker housing
  • – Final renovations to Catherine’s Rescue Barn
The Build

The Build

October 2019

Oct 01
New apiary to promote bee conservation

New apiary to promote bee conservation

September 2019

Sep 01
Retaining wall completion

Retaining wall completion

August 2019

Aug 01
Pavilion moves to permanent location

Pavilion moves to permanent location

July 2019

Jul 01
Retaining wall progress

Retaining wall progress

June 2019

Jun 01
Retaining wall construction begins

Retaining wall construction begins

March 2019

Mar 01
Initial sitework begins

March 2019
April 2019

January 2019

Jan 01
Temporary Bailey Bridge ready for action

January 2019

2018

Oct 18
Volunteers begin constructing the community garden beds

Volunteers begin constructing the community garden beds

Land prep for raised garden bed installation

Land prep for raised garden bed installation

2017

    Oct 18
    BEFORE – Land prep for paddock installation.

    2017 before

    AFTER – Rescue Rebuild installs paddocks for future rescued farm animals.

    2017 after

    2016

      Oct 18
      BEFORE – Property’s dilapidated 1920 Bank Barn

      2016 before

      AFTER – Rescue Rebuild restores old barn, transforming it into “Catherine’s Rescue Barn”

      2016 after

      2015

      Nov 01
      UConn develops Invasive Management Plan to restore meadows.

      2015

      Volunteers clear over an acre of invasive plants.

      2015

      2014

      Oct 22
      The sanctuary had finally found its forever home.

      The sanctuary had finally found its forever home

      Governor Dannel P. Malloy presented the deed for approximately 34.44 acres of land in Newtown to the Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation, Inc. during bill signing of Special Act 14-13, facilitating the transfer of the state-owned land for the creation of an animal sanctuary and wildlife preserve.

      Governor Dannel P. Malloy presented the deed

      Thank you to our build supporters