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.

Harmony, Alice, Jenny, & Laura
Missing from photo, Kelly Coladarci


Meet Our Board

Junior Executive Board, Children’s Advisory Board members, and Advisors.

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

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.


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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

Our History

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”…

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

Jun 01

June 2017

Third Annual Catherine’s Butterfly Party celebrated in Newtown, CT 55 animals found forever homes with approximately 3,000 people enjoying all the day’s events and activities Inland Wetlands Application Approved

May 01

May 2017

Rescue Rebuild Phase II – completed barn restoration and built all paddock fencing with the help of 300 volunteers.

Mar 01

March 2017

Matt & Jenny receive the Animal Champions Tribute Award from the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Foundation honored at Westfair Communications Online Family Owned Business Awards.

Nov 01

November 2016

Matt, Jenny & Freddy present ASPCA Dog of the Year to Ruthie

Oct 01

October 2016

Sanctuary included in release of Susie’s Senior Dogs by Erin Stanton.

Aug 01

August 2016

Inaugural Senior Paw Dog Adopted Invasive Plant Removal at Sanctuary Kicks Off