The Latest News from the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary

January 2019

As we begin 2019, we can’t help but look back at the last 6 years in awe and gratitude. We could have never imagined so many would stand behind our mission and support this sanctuary, helping over 300 animals find safe haven and educating more than 10,000 people through our humane, nature-based programs. Thanks to your friendship and support, 2018 brought:
  • Free "Sunday at the Sanctuary" monthly workshops that reached hundreds of children and families
  • Expanded education programming to senior centers and additional public schools
  • 16 groups of corporate volunteers who dedicated workdays at the sanctuary restoring meadows, building garden beds and creating butterfly gardens
  • Senior Paw Project programs and growing foster network, helping 20 senior animals with adoption and critical medical care as well as supplying pet food to local food banks and pet owners in need
  • Support and assistance to 28 wildlife cases
  • Catherine's Butterfly Party which welcomed over 5,000 guests and helped find homes for over 72 animals; Memorial Golf Tournament joined 235 golfers to support the sanctuary; and our annual gala hosted 360 guests and raised $430,000 for the sanctuary build
  • The Blue Buffalo Foundation’s donation of $250,000 for the creation of the "Blue Buffalo Reception Area" in the sanctuary's future veterinary intake center
  • The planting of 20 sugar maple trees at the property, replacing invasive plants and creating shelter for native birds
  • A temporary Bailey Bridge installed at the sanctuary facilitating preliminary site work
We can’t wait to share all that awaits in 2019!

Jenny Hubbard

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Our 2nd annual Gala "Imagining a Kinder World" was a huge success welcoming 360 guests and raising $430,000 towards the sanctuary build! Mark your calendars for our next Gala taking place on 11/16/19.
From the beginning, Dr. Jane Goodall has been an unwavering supporter of the sanctuary and the values it embodies. Dr. Goodall graciously received the sanctuary's Inaugural 2018 Catherine’s Kindness Award and we couldn’t have been more proud.
Preliminary site work at the sanctuary has begun! First step is a retaining wall that will also serve as an expansive butterfly garden, providing critical support to native pollinators.
News & Events

FREE "Sunday at the Sanctuary" events:

January 27, 12-3pm
Location: Fraser Woods Montessori School

Join the vets from Cornell Veterinary Medicine and meet rescued and adoptable cats and dogs, farm animals from Rowanwood Farm, and alternative pets from Earthplace! Sanctuary Book Worms will also be meeting to discuss The Wild Robot by Peter Brown.
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February 10, 12-3pm
Location: Reed Intermediate School

Explore the hidden wonders of winter and how creatures survive the coldest months. Enjoy a guided hike through the sanctuary in search of wildlife and wakening flora/fauna. Special guests include Horizon Wings with their birds of prey!
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March 24, 12-3pm
Location: Fraser Woods Montessori School

Learn how to build your own stonewall habitat and find out why these structures are important to the survival of so many species.
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Featured Animal

The Senior Paw Project works to keep senior animals out of the shelter and into the loving homes they deserve. Chloe is a beautiful 14 yr. old Bengal who was surrendered when her owner entered a nursing home. Chloe loves to play and is spayed, up to date on vaccinations and awaiting her forever home. Contact for more info.

Wildlife Tip

Winter can be hard on wildlife so leaving high fat foods such as nuts, suet and seeds can greatly help our furry and feathered friends. Please NEVER leave bread or crackers which offer zero nutritional value and deplete energy levels. Also, a little bowl of fresh water goes a long way when natural water sources are frozen. More Tips

At Home

Did you know you can help conservation efforts just by adding nature photos to iNaturalist? Scientists can use this data to improve the environment for indigenous creatures and their homes. The app can be used in your backyard, on a walk, on vacation, anywhere! A great way for the whole family to help conservation just by taking pictures.
Thank you to all our 2018 Gala sponsors including:

Gretchen Carlson Gift of Courage Fund; William Blair; TaxBird; The Gay Family; The Paulos Family and RCG Farm

Blue Buffalo Foundation - $250,000 for the vet intake building reception area

Tito's Handmade Vodka - $10k and all product

William’s Architectural Millwork - labor for all library cabinet millwork

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Give your Valentine a truly unique and beautiful gift this season. Register your special someone as a Beautiful Butterfly and their name will be displayed at our annual Catherine's Butterfly Party on June 8, 2019! They'll also receive a stunning card to remember your thoughtfulness. Sponsorship is $100 and supports our biggest pet adoption event of the year. Sign up by February 7th.
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