The Latest News from the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary

April 2019

Every year, right around this time in April, Catherine would act as a spring detective intently investigating the thawing earth for any signs of new life. Then we would hear it, Catherine shouting from the rooftops, “Crocus Pocus!” Within that annual call, it always felt like the world responded from her very excitement. For soon, blooms burst forth, the sun beamed wider and butterflies seemed to appear out of thin air.

Here at the sanctuary, her quiet call has been heard throughout the meadows and life is spreading from all corners:
  • Site work for required retaining wall and expansive butterfly and pollinator garden has begun.
  • Meadow restoration and expansion is underway to create new and improved habitats for birds, insects and wildlife
  • Public school field trips are exploring the property’s beautiful Deep Brook waterway with the sanctuary’s naturalist, teaching hundreds of children how to conserve water and protect the environment
  • Senior citizens and their pets are getting the support and assistance they need to stay together as our Senior Paw Project expands with new fosters, sponsors and veterinary partners.
Spring has truly sprung at the sanctuary and thanks to your support, the world grows a little warmer and brighter every single day.

Jenny Hubbard

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Join us on June 8th for the 5th annual Catherine’s Butterfly Party! This free family festival with super pet adoption event draws thousands from the tri-state area and helps hundreds of animals in need. This year over 28 rescue groups will be there!
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More progress at the sanctuary! Site work continues as the land is safe guarded and protected with erosion control measures, extensive silt fencing, and water stops to protect the beautiful creek bordering the property.
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This Mother’s Day give the gift that blooms forever! Celebrate the special mom in your life by funding a native perennial plant for the sanctuary's 12,000 sq.ft. butterfly and pollinator garden.
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News & Events

FREE sanctuary events for the whole family:

May 3, 7-8pm
Location: CVH Animal Sanctuary

Learn how to identify the frogs of the sanctuary by their songs and how you can help scientists protect them through Frogwatch USA.
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May 19, 12-3pm
Location: CVH Animal Sanctuary

A nature scavenger hunt for the whole family led by experts from UCONN, WCSU and Ridgefield's Discovery Center. Sponsored in part by KidStarter.
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June 8, 12-4pm
Location: Fairfield Hills Campus

Join the sanctuary’s 5th annual FREE FAMILY FESTIVAL with SUPER PET ADOPTION EVENT! Meet hundreds of adoptable animals from over 28 rescues while enjoying animal ambassador presentations, live entertainment, food trucks, games, crafts, local artisans, vendors and so much more!
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Featured Animal

Honoring the bond between senior citizens and their pets, The Senior Paw Project also works to keep senior animals out of the shelters and into the loving homes they deserve. Sully is a beautiful male senior brought into our foster program after he was found roaming the streets this cold winter. Sully gets along with other cats, is neutered, up to date on vaccinations and awaiting his forever home. Contact for more info.

Wildlife Tip

Spring is baby season for wildlife. Remember, it is normal for baby animals to be left alone during the day. However, if you find an injured or orphaned animal, it's imperative to keep them warm while you await a wildlife rehabilitator's assistance. Use hand warmers or a heated sock filled with rice and provide a safe barrier (towel/pillowcase) to prevent burns. And please, never try to feed a baby animal. More Tips

At Home

To ensure April showers bring May flowers, install a rain garden in your back yard! Rain gardens are depressions dug near a downspout that are filled with plant and rocks to filter water coming off the roof. In addition to protecting the watershed, rain gardens can be planted with native flowers to help pollinators, and help prevent yard erosion.
Thank you to all supporters and recent sponsors including:

Healthy Paws Pet Insurance

KidStarter Foundation

For the month of May, proceeds of the children’s book “Adventures with Tuffy” sold at Choice Pet retail stores will go to the sanctuary!
Thank you Tuffy’s Pet Food and Choice Pet for all your support!
Calling all golfers!
Registration is now open for the sanctuary's exclusive Stanwich Club Golf Invitational on Thursday, September 12th. Register or learn more here.
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PO Box 3571, Newtown, CT 06470