Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Catherine Violet Hubbard?

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.

What is the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary?

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.

What is the mission of the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary?

The Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary enriches the lives of all beings by promoting compassion and acceptance. By honoring the bond between animals, humans and the environment, we’re creating a kinder and gentler world for all.

Does the sanctuary have a building or animals on-site?

The sanctuary currently does not have a building or animals on-site. Sanctuary property consists of 34 acres in the heart of Newtown.

Is the sanctuary property open to the public?

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 especially during property site work.

Where is the sanctuary property located?

Property is located at 3 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.

How did the sanctuary acquire the property?

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.

When will construction on the sanctuary buildings begin?

All planning and zoning approvals have been granted and preliminary site work was completed in early 2020. The next phase is to fund and build the access road to the property site. Once road is completed and fundraising goals reached, construction on the buildings will begin.

How much will it cost to build the sanctuary?

Phase I (includes road, infrastructure and main building) is estimated at 6 million dollars.

Who are the architects of the project?

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.

What kinds of animals will the sanctuary help?

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.

Is the sanctuary accepting animals at this time?

No. The sanctuary does not have a building at this time and cannot accept any animals on-site.

Are animals available for adoption through the sanctuary?

Not at this time. The sanctuary currently supports rescues by offering pet adoptions at workshops and at the annual Catherine’s Butterfly Party. The sanctuary has partnered with over 57 rescues to find homes for animals in need.

How can I get involved with the sanctuary?

There are many ways people can help – donate, create a fundraiser, host a company workday at the sanctuary or become a volunteer. Contact if you would like to join the volunteer team.

How do I get more information about the sanctuary?

Go to the sanctuary website at You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram. For specific questions, please email:

Is the sanctuary a non-profit organization?

Yes. Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Federal Tax #46-1967347

Mailing Address:

Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary

PO Box 3571 – Newtown, CT 06470

Property Address:

3 Old Farm Road – Newtown, CT 06470