The Property

A sacred space, a whispering meadow, a path to healing…
Nestled in the very heart of Newtown, spread over 34 acres, lies a beacon of hope – the future site of the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary.

In September of 2014, the state of CT conveyed this spot of pristine state farmland, with breathtaking woodlands and rolling meadows, to the CVH Foundation. Located only minutes from the highway, the sanctuary is easily accessible from Boston and New York City, making it an ideal destination that hundreds of thousands can enjoy over time.

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The Build

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.

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What’s Ahead

Construction of public access road (2020)
Installation of second tier 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

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Join us in bringing this beautiful vision to life…

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.  Now, you can become a permanent part of the sanctuary.

Donate

Support the sanctuary build. Every dollar matters; every dollar counts.

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Donate

Purchase a Paver

Purchase an inscribed granite paver for the sanctuary…the stepping stones to peace and healing.

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Paver

Legacy Tree

Sponsor a new River Birch or Norway Spruce tree at the property.  Inscribed plaque will display family name or organization.

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Legacy Tree

Thank you to our supporters

Each day, we get one step closer to making Catherine’s dream a reality thanks to the generosity of so many. Through corporate sponsors, pro-bono services and in-kind donations, we have raised the bar in animal welfare and become the highly respected and top-rated organization that we are today. If you would like to offer your services or explore ways in which your business could enter into a charitable partnership with the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, please contact us at [email protected].

Rescue Rebuild

PH Architects

ASPCA

Blue Buffalo

Williams Architectural Millwork

Nazarro Inc.

Gino Vona

The Build Timeline

The Build
2020
Jun 04

June 2020

Pollinator Garden Installed 

Apr 04

April 2020

Garden beds planted

2019
Oct 01

October 2019

New apiary to promote bee conservation

New apiary to promote bee conservation

Sep 01

September 2019

Retaining wall completion

Retaining wall completion

Aug 01

August 2019

Pavilion moves to permanent location

Pavilion moves to permanent location

Jul 01

July 2019

Retaining wall progress

Retaining wall progress

Jun 01

June 2019

Retaining wall construction begins

Retaining wall construction begins

Mar 01

March 2019

Initial sitework begins

March 2019
April 2019

Jan 01

January 2019

Temporary Bailey Bridge ready for action

January 2019

2018
Oct 18

2018

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

2017

    BEFORE – Land prep for paddock installation.

    2017 before

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

    2017 after

    2016
    Oct 18

    2016

      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

      2015

      UConn develops Invasive Management Plan to restore meadows.

      2015

      Volunteers clear over an acre of invasive plants.

      2015

      2014
      Oct 22

      2014

      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