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ASPCA Honors Sandy Hook Animal Lover, Others

Posted: Dec. 18, 2013, 2:50 p.m. EST

By Clay Jackson

Every year the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals separates people and animals from their respective herds for special recognition, with each earning an ASPCA Humane Award.

Especially poignant in 2013 was the singling out of the late Catherine V. Hubbard, a 6-year-old freckled-faced animal lover and victim of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Conn.

Catherine was posthumously awarded the Tommy P. Monahan Kid of the Year Award during a luncheon in November in New York City. The award was named after 9-year-old Tommy Monahan, who died in a 2007 house fire while trying to save his pets.

 Catherine Hubbard
Catherine Hubbard
Jenny and Matthew Hubbard said their daughter truly cared about animals and even designed business cards appointing herself the caretaker of "Catherine’s Animal Shelter,” where she would care for her neighborhood’s wayward animals.

The Hubbard family is honoring their daughter’s compassion for animals by asking that any donations be made to the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary at The all-volunteer Animal Center in Newtown is working with the Hubbard family to raise money through the foundation for the purchase of land that would house the sanctuary.

The sanctuary would provide pet adoption services, refuge for farm animals, native wildlife rescue and release services, and animal welfare awareness and education programs designed for school-age children.

More than $500,000 has been raised, the Animal Center’s Harmony Verna said.

Other 2013 Humane Awards went to:

• Cat of the Year: Koshka, Oregon City, Ore.

• Presidential Service Award for Media Excellence: Dan Harris, New York

• Henry Bergh Award: Theresa Strader, founder and executive director of National Mill Dog Rescue, Peyton, Colo.

• Dog of the Year: Xena, Dekalb County, Ga.

• Public Service Award: FBI task force officer Dion R. Dundovich, Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Bruce W. Houston, FBI Special Agent Karen J. Smilgis
 ASPCA Awards
The ASPCA handed out numerous awards in November. Pictured in the top row, from left, are Dion R. Dundovich, Karen J. Smilgis, Catherine Hubbard parents Matthew and Jenny Hubbard, ASPCA President and CEO Matt Bershadker and Chrissy Kaczynski of the Friends of Dekalb Animals. In the bottom row, from left, are Theresa Strader, Catherine Hubbard brother Freddy Hubbard, Cat of the Year owner Jesse Knott and Dog of the Year owner Linda Hickey (with Xena).

An artist’s drawing of the proposed Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary.


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