Hello it is Radar.
I want to tell you about a wonderful thing that happened because of a terrible thing.
Kind of like how I met Alex, my best friend, on 9/11.
First, here is the terrible thing. My friend humantom will tell this part, because it makes me want to put my paws on my head.
Humantom: Radar is right. The terrible thing he’s talking about is the shooting that took place two years ago at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty first-graders were killed that day.
One of them was this girl, Catherine Violet Hubbard.
Catherine Violet Hubbard
She was six.
Radar, please hurry and tell us something good.
“She didn’t care if it was fuzzy or slimy.”
Hello it is Radar again.
Catherine loved animals. She used to return bottles and cans to raise money to buy treats for dogs at the pound. (I wish I had known a Catherine when I was all alone.)
She even created an imaginary animal shelter and made business cards for herself as the caretaker.
Here’s the amazing news: Catherine’s animal shelter is about to become real!
This week, the Connecticut House and Senate voted to transfer 34 acres of land that will soon become The Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary.
The new sanctuary will include a dog and cat shelter and adoption program (Four Paws Up for that!), refuges for farm animals and wildlife, a learning center, and a butterfly garden. (Beware. Butterflies tickle. Trust me on this.)
“Once, a butterfly landed on Catherine’s finger, and before releasing it, she spoke to it, saying, ‘Tell all your friends I am kind.'” – CVH Foundation website
Catherine’s parents, Matt and Jenny, have raised over $800,000 in her name, and the donations keep coming. They hope to open the new facility in two years.
“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.”
Jenny, Matt, and brother Freddy
I love Catherine’s Animal Sanctuary. And I can’t think of a better way to honor this special girl.
LOL (lots of licks),
You can read more about Catherine’s Sanctuary by clicking here.
The Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary Facebook page is here.
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