We’re happy to share some exciting news: Connecticut’s governor is poised to sign a bill that would transfer 34 acres of state land to the Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation to be utilized as an animal sanctuary.
“We had asked in lieu of flowers that people send donations to The Animal Center,” says Jenny Hubbard, Catherine’s Mom. “There was an overwhelming response— within the course of a few weeks, they had received donations in Catherine’s memory totaling over $100,000. The Animal Center had been working to build an animal sanctuary, so we put all of our energy into making a foundation that could financially support the sanctuary for years to come.”
Plans for the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary include indoor and outdoor facilities, which will provide a caring environment for dogs, cats, farm animals and native wildlife. The Animal Center will also continue to run its existing animal foster program.
“The Sanctuary will have on-site canine and feline communities,” Jenny says. “We are also going to do farm animal refuge—we will give respite to cows, sheep and chickens that might be neglected or abused, or need a home because a farm is closed due to financial reasons. In the long term, we hope to do native wildlife refuge and release for injured animals such as turtles or deer.”
Jenny notes that the Sanctuary’s main building will contain a visitor center, as well as a veterinary clinic. She says they plan to leave much of the Sanctuary’s land as-is, incorporating the outdoor animal spaces into existing woodlands and meadows.
Are you in the Connecticut area? Three teenage siblings will host the Shapiro Family Classical Music Concert on Saturday, June 14 at 5:00 P.M. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 651 Pequot Ave. in Southport, Connecticut. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Sanctuary.
Stay tuned for more details to come as the Sanctuary plans progress. We can’t wait to see countless animals receive care as a result of Catherine’s inspirational dedication to animals in need.
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We created this site to be a resource for folks who want to instill a love of animals in their kids—after all, we know that in just a few short years, those kids will be the strongest voices for animals we have. At the same time, we also want to provide some ideas for what to do on a rainy day with your animal-loving kids, as well as resources from ASPCA experts on the tough stuff, like talking to your kids about animal cruelty.
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