Animal sanctuary’s Senior Paw project expands to Litchfield County

FAIRFIELD – The Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary recently announced that it has expanded its Senior Paw project to support owners of older pets in Bethlehem, Kent, Roxbury, Washington, Cornwall Bridge, Canaan, New Milford, Norfolk and Torrington.

Honoring the bond between caregivers and their pets, the Senior Paw Project provides pet food, veterinary assistance, and foster/respite care to owners of senior pets struggling to keep or care for of their animals. The Senior Paw Project is a referral-based program, in partnership with municipal housing authorities, non-profit senior housing providers, pantries and veterinarians, according to a statement.

Over the past three years, the program has provided ongoing support to more than 300 senior pets, provided more than 325,000 meals of pet food, and now offers services to 24 Connecticut cities.

Jennifer Hubbard, executive director of the sanctuary, said she looks forward to reaching more cities.


“We are thrilled to be able to help the community of Fairfield keep the human-pet bond alive in this great city. No pet owner should have to choose between feeding and feeding their pet, or abandoning their pet due to financial hardship. We are honored to bring these services… To the deserving cities of Connecticut,” she said.

For many older pet owners living on a fixed income, the financial needs of four-legged family members can add to emotional and physical stress for both owners and pets, Hubbard said. Often, these animals end up in shelters across the country, adding to the nearly 7 million animals abandoned each year. By removing the economic barriers to owning a dog or cat, the Senior Paw Project prevents new animals from entering shelters while keeping furry companions with their loving caregivers.

To learn more about the Senior Paw Project, visit cvhfoundation.org or email [email protected] for more information.

The Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation is a Connecticut-based nonprofit organization that works to promote compassion and healing through the human-animal connection. The foundation was established in 2013 to commemorate and honor the life of Catherine Violet Hubbard, a six-year-old victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy and an avid animal lover who dreamed of one day working with them and to take care of them.

In 2014, the Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation was awarded over 34 acres of Connecticut State farmland by unanimous vote of the Connecticut State House of Representatives and Senate, which would become the Catherine Shrine Violet Hubbard. The sanctuary honors Catherine and her spirit of caring for all living beings by honoring the connection between humans, animals and the environment.

Since its inception, the organization has raised over $6.5 million in funding, including grants from the ASPCA, private sector partners and thousands of individuals to support the breadth of its programming, including a pollinator protection initiative providing essential shelter, sustenance and migration space for butterflies, hummingbirds, bees and other critical ecosystem pollinators, free community workshops on animal care and environmental protection, helping the elderly to keep and take care of their pets and much more.

Donations also support the sanctuary’s ongoing construction of on-site facilities, including a veterinary drop-in center, learning barn and library. For more information on donations, programming and volunteer opportunities, visit www.cvhfoundation.org.

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