Monday, December 17, 2012


If you've perused my little blog, you know that I am an animal lover.  This story just about did me in.  I wanted to post it as a tribute to this beautiful soul and the generosity of her family during what must be a time of unbearable grief.

The Animal Center has a web page and a section where you can make a donation in memory of Catherine, should you feel like doing that.  The link is here; click on Memorials on the left side bar if you want to make the donation online.

Newtown shooting victim can be honored by donating to local animal shelter (link to article)

Catherine Violet Hubbard

Catherine Violet Hubbard, 6, born June 8, 2006, died December 14, during the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Her older brother, Frederick William; her parents Matthew and Jennifer; her grandparents Susan and Leo Sullivan and her great-grandmother Geraldine Russell Holden, all of West Chester, Penn.; Nancy and Earl Hubbard of Chatham, Mass.; and four uncles, four aunts, and nine cousins survive Catherine.
She will be remembered for her passion of animals and constant smile. Her family prays that she, all the students of Sandy Hook Elementary, and all those affected by this brutal event find peace in their hearts.
A wake is scheduled for Wednesday, December 19, from 4 to 7 pm, at St. Rose of Lima Church, 46 Church Hill Road, Newtown. A funeral Mass is scheduled for Thursday, December 20, at 10 am, at St Rose. Interment will follow the Mass, in St Rose Cemetery, Cherry Street, Sandy Hook.
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to the Newtown Animal Center, PO Box 475, Newtown CT 06470.
The Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main Street, Newtown, is in care of arrangements.
The Newtown Bee                 Posted December 16, 2012

The Animal Center - posted on their FB page 17 December 2012
The saying "practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty" brought on a whole new meaning to me yesterday. What do you say to a family who just lost their 6 year old child just the day before to a senseless act of violence when they ask if in lieu of flowers, they can have people donate to our organization?

Their child loved animals and this is what they wanted in her memory. 

What do you say? Thank you? What I wanted to know is what can we do for you? Not just those in our organization, but as a fellow parent and Sandy Hook resident, what can I do for you? I believe we have all felt a bit helpless in the past few days. I can speak on behalf of most people when I say that we want to do something to make it better for the families who lost loved ones. Anything to help comfort them. This tragedy has affected all of us and we are mourning all those who lost their lives and have been affected. We are here for each and every one of you.

We have always thanked everyone involved with The Animal Center for "supporting our work of love". As a group of volunteers, that is exactly what it is. Our reward is our work and we are so fortunate to have some of the most amazing volunteers and supporters. It is even more rewarding when we can impact the lives of families with children. The kids see the process. They learn at a young age about compassion and what it means to help an animal in a less fortunate situation. That is priceless and we are fortunate to see it on a daily basis.

From a group of people who love animals just as much as Catherine Violet Hubbard , it goes without saying that we are honored to have your beautiful child part of our work of love. With my most sincere gratitude, Leyla Nichols, on behalf of everyone at The Animal Center.


  1. Heartbreaking and heartwarming all at once. So very, very sad.

    1. I can't imagine the grief of the family or friends for this little girl. Her love for animals is something I respect and admire. If I had the property and money, I'd open a sanctuary in her name. The Catherine Violent Hubbard Animal Sanctuary has quite a ring to it, doesn't it?


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