Written by Alisa Mullins
all your friends I'm kind." That's what 6-year-old Catherine Hubbard
used to say to
insects, in the hope that they would all feel welcome and safe, according to
her mother, Jenny. The thoughtful, introspective
redhead was one of the 26 children and educators tragically gunned down at
Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in December.
To honor Catherine,
PETA is inscribing a leaf
on the Tree of Life monument at our
Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters that reads:
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
CATHERINE VIOLET HUBBARD
FRIEND TO ALL ANIMALS
loved to watch baby birds in their nests and reveled in having butterflies land
on her. She doted on her beloved rabbit, Flopsy, and would help her elderly, arthritis-stricken
dog, Samantha, to her feet when she struggled. Before Catherine's funeral, her parents asked that, in lieu
of flowers, donations be made to The Animal Center in Newtown, an organization that rescues homeless animals and
provides them with foster care. So far, more than $200,000 has been donated in
Catherine's name. Catherine
had dreamed of establishing her own animal shelter one day, and The Animal Center plans to use the money
raised in her name to build the Catherine
Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, where children can visit and learn
about animals rescued from abusive situations.
Each of us can pay tribute to
Catherine by trying to live like she would—by taking a stray cat to a shelter, stopping
to help a turtle cross the road, or walking a neighbor's dog. These are the
kinds of things that Catherine would do if she were here—and the things she
would teach others to do by her example.
PETA invites parents who want to
raise compassionate kids like Catherine to visit PETAKids.com. And urge your kids to take a page from Catherine's book and
tell all their friends that they're kind.
you have a general question for PETA and would like a response, please e-mail Info@peta.org. If you need to report cruelty to
an animal, please click
here. If you are reporting an animal in imminent danger and know where to find the
animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
immediately at 757-622-7382 and press 2.
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