Catherine Violet Hubbard loved all creatures—she did not discriminate. She told her family that when she grew up, she was going to take care of the animals. She even created business cards for “Catherine’s Animal Shelter” and appointed herself “Care Taker.”

Tragically, Catherine was one of the first graders taken from us in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012.

In lieu of flowers, it was asked that donations in her memory go to The Animal Center, a local, volunteer-staffed, nonprofit group that rescues animals. The Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation was started with these first funds and is now working to build the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, which will provide a loving, nurturing environment for all animals in need of a home.

Every year, Catherine would ask for an “All the Animals Animal Party.” So on Saturday, June 6, 2015, from 12 to 4 p.m., please join others gathered in memory of one young girl’s love for animals: Catherine’s Butterfly Party is a family event open to the public. It will feature an adoption event with the ASPCA, Mayor’s Alliance, and ARF Mobile Adoption Units as well as local rescue organizations. In addition, Dr. Allen Schoen, author of the new TSB book THE COMPASSIONATE EQUESTRIAN, will be visiting with attendees and signing copies of his books in the Beval Saddlery booth across from the ASPCA Mobile Adoption Unit. The Audubon Center at Bent of the River, Magic Wings Butterfly Conservancy, the Exceptional Pet, and UConn Department of Invasive Plants, among others will also host educational exhibits and demonstrations.

Homegrown Arts will offer nature based craft projects for kids of all ages, face painting, tattoos, balloon twisters, and live music will add to the celebration.

All proceeds benefit the creation of the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary.

Please join Dr. Schoen and others to support this wonderful cause and help make a young girl’s dream of caring for animals come true.

For more information about the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary and to find out how else you can help, click here.