Catherine Violet Hubbard was one of 20 first graders killed in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. According to the Associated Press, however, some good may come from her tragic death. Catherine had an incredible love for animals. She spent as much of her free time as she could with them, even raising money through bottle returns to purchase bones for dogs at the local pound. She hoped to one day open her own shelter.
Now Catherine’s dream shelter is becoming a reality. The state of Connecticut is beginning to switch ownership 34 acres of land, formerly used as a psychiatric facility, to a foundation conducting fundraising to build a shelter in her name. The Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation has already raised over $800,000 for the shelter, which is scheduled to open in 2016. Among other amenities, the shelter will feature a veterinary clinic, space for educational classes and a rescue-and-release program for injured wildlife. Jenny Hubbard, Catherine’s mother, indicated that the shelter provides a way for her late daughter to be remembered as more than just a victim of tragedy.
“We know that what we’re doing is honoring Catherine and it’s about Catherine. And that alone has helped us stay connected to her memory and honoring her life,” Hubbard told the source. “We have said from the very onset of this, we were not going to be defined by the two minutes of evil that took her life.”