Our Story

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.


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, Philip Hubbard III, Kevin Massett, Earl Wheway, Kelly McCormick-Sullivan, Jennifer Stites

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
Anna Ochs, Freddy Hubbard, Benjamin Ochs, Sadie Paulos, Olivia Guizzo, Gianna Amatuzzi, Reagan Bajus, Ryan Smith, Ava Rochester

Children’s Advisory Board
Annie Harrigan, Aidan Tucker, Lily Tucker, Reese Gagnon, Veronica Smielewska-Antov, Remy Paulos, Luke Fitzpatrick, Ava Lombardo, Greyson Israel, Gavin Spraker, Olivia Spraker, Ava Capelli

Our History

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

Our History
Mar 04

February 2021

Access drive construction begins

Aug 10

August 2020

CVH Animal Sanctuary launches its first summer camp in collaboration with Newtown Community Center.

Jun 04

June 2020

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

Mar 23

March 2020

Virtual programming launched.

Mar 06

March 2020

Sanctuary garden beds prepped by volunteers for Real Food Share planting.

Nov 16

November 2019

  • Third Annual Gala
  • Sesame Workshop receives inaugural Catherine Violet Hubbard Kindness Award
Oct 10

October 2019

Apiary enclosure completed.

Oct 10

September 2019

Site work, 300 ft. retaining wall and raised garden beds all completed.

Jun 28

June 2019

  • Fifth Annual Catherine’s Butterfly Party celebrated in Newtown, CT
  • 63 animals found forever homes with over 6,000 people enjoying all the day’s events and activities
Mar 26

March 2019

  • Preliminary site work at the sanctuary property begins on required retaining wall. Structure will be transformed into a 12,000 sq. foot native “Butterfly Garden,” providing crucial food and migration space for butterfly species and pollinators.
Feb 08

December 2018

  • Second Annual Gala
  • Dr. Jane Goodall receives inaugural Catherine Violet Hubbard Kindness Award
Aug 08

July 2018

  • Fifth Annual CVH Memorial Golf Tournament
  • Launched sanctuary programming at memory care facility.  Pilot program at Maplewood, Bethel, CT
Jun 26

June 2018

  • Fourth Annual Catherine’s Butterfly Party celebrated in Newtown, CT
  • 77 animals found forever homes with over 5,000 people enjoying all the day’s events and activities
Dec 17

April 2017

CVH Animal Sanctuary launches in-school programming with the Newtown Public School System to provide Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programming to support the district’s transition to the Next Generation Science Standards.  Professional Education Consultant, Henryk Teraszkiewicz provides programs based upon the monthly “Sunday at the Sanctuary” program themes and created to meet the specific curriculum needs of corresponding elementary school grades.

Dec 17

August 2017

Lisa Dickal, state licensed wildlife rehabilitator joins CVH in volunteering her time and expertise to help the Sanctuary

Dec 08

December 2017

First Inaugural Gala

Dec 08

November 2017

Catherine’s Pledge Campaign – #Catherinespledge Kicked off on World Kindness Day

Dec 08

October 2017

Building Approvals Granted by Newtown Planning & Zoning

Dec 08

September 2017

CVH Sanctuary Bookworms Launched

Jul 01

July 2017

Fourth Annual CVH Memorial Golf Tournament