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Animal sanctuary planned in Newtown victim’s honor

'Catherine Violet Hubbard will be remembered for her love of all animals and her constant smile.'

By Vetstreet Jan 24, 2013 4:44PM

Catherine Violet Hubbard, a 6-year-old who was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the tragic Dec. 14 shootings, adored animals. To honor her memory, her family asked that any donations in her name go to The Animal Center, a non-profit group in Newtown, Conn., that’s dedicated to animal rescue.

Photo: Catherine Violet Hubbard / Courtesy of the Hubbard familyNow, the group and the Hubbard family have announced plans to build The Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, where abused, neglected or homeless animals can get a second chance in life.

“Catherine loved all animals,” the Hubbards wrote in a statement. “She would chase down strangers just to pet their dogs, squeal with delight as butterflies landed on her arm and sit for hours watching baby birds in a nest. We would overhear her whispering to insects and animals … her words: tell all your friends that I’m kind.”

“For all of us who love animals, Catherine is a kindred spirit and we will do whatever it takes to make her dream a reality,” said Harmony Verna, vice president of The Animal Center. "We hope Catherine will think it is the most beautiful place on Earth.”

— Find out more at The Animal Center and read the Hubbard family statement.

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Photo: Catherine Violet Hubbard / Courtesy of the Hubbard family

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