Our Story

The Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation is a Connecticut-based nonprofit organization working to promote compassion and healing through human-animal connection. The foundation was started in 2013 to commemorate and honor the life of Catherine Violet Hubbard, a six-year-old victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy and passionate animal lover.

In 2014, the CVH Foundation was awarded more than 34 acres of CT state farmland by a unanimous legislative decision, which would become home to the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary. Since its inception, the organization has raised more than $8 million in funding, supporting its breadth of programming that by honoring the human-animal connection, is providing tools and skills that translate into compassionate and accepting human-human interactions. Specifically, the sanctuary focuses on environmental stewardship, provides no cost humane education curriculum and community workshops, aid for seniors to keep and care for their pets, and property revitalization efforts.  Through caring, educating and protecting animals, the sanctuary’s programs have become a catalyst in cultivating human empathy.


Our History

Since our inception in 2013, the Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation has continued to make significant progress towards creating a place that reflects Catherine’s kindness and compassion. We’ve crossed some significant milestones off our list and are looking forward to the construction ahead.


Kindness Gardens become an affiliate of Garden for Wildlife


Access drive completed


Accepted into the Living Building Challenge


Sanctuary ground breaking


The Robert Rosenheim Foundation grant received for Learning Barn


Access drive installation
Launch of Kindness Gardens initiative


12,000 sq. ft. pollinator garden installed with native perennials


Sesame Workshop accepts the Catherine Violet Hubbard Kindness Award
Site work, 300 ft. retaining wall and raised garden beds completed


Dr. Jane Goodall accepts inaugural Catherine Violet Hubbard Kindness Award


In-school programming launched with the Newtown Public School System to provide Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programming


Building Approvals Granted by Newtown Planning & Zoning
Sanctuary honored with Helen B Woodward Animal Champion Award and Westfair Communications Family Owned Award


Senior Paw Program Launch
Barn restoration complete


Pavilion Sculpture installed at the CVH Animal Sanctuary


The state of CT convey 34 acres of CT State farmland


Shelter Medicine scholarship established in Catherine’s memory at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine



CVH Foundation, Inc.® recognized as a 501(c)3 and announces plans to create the  Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary®
Catherine awarded posthumous ASPCA Kid of the Year


Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary takes Catherine’s life


We are honored to receive recognition by top animal welfare, business leaders and organizations for our work of compassion.

Helen Woodward Animal Center – Animal Champions Tribute Award
ASPCA – Kid of the Year Award to Catherine (awarded posthumously)
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary – “How to Start and Run an Animal Sanctuary” certification
Westfair Communications – Family-owned Business Award
GuideStar – Gold Star of Transparency
Greenwich Communities Outstanding Partner Award, 2021
Crisis Hero Award – Association of Fundraising Professionals

Meet The Team

The team members that make up the everyday at the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary.

Laura, Jenny, Chris, Alice & Harmony

Meet Our Board

Board Members
Jennifer Hubbard, Earl Wheway,, Kevin Massett, Philip Hubbard III, Kelly McCormick-Sullivan, Newman Rochester, Loris Eminente, Daniel Watson

Catherine’s kindred spirits, the Children’s and Junior Executive Boards help preserve the sanctuary’s  whimsical and innocent vision while sharing their insight and ideas with the board.

Junior Advisory Board
Gianna Amatuzzi, Olivia Guizzo, Ryan Smith, Ava Rochester, Marley Dixon, Annie Harrigan, Ava Lombardo, Aidan Tucker

Children’s Advisory Board
Lily Tucker, Reese Gagnon, Veronica Smielewska-Antov, Remy Paulos, Luke Fitzpatrick,  Gavin Spraker, Olivia Spraker, Ava Capelli, Eve Newman

Read more about the importance of Childrens Advisory Boards in our article in Non Profit Pro.