New Zealand’s leading ‘no-kill’ animal shelter


Helping you help animals (HUHA) is dedicated to teaching empathy to the community and providing shelter for those less fortunate animals that struggle to survive in today’s disposable culture. The sanctuary is fun and interactive in many ways, designed to encourage our community to be proactive and take responsibility for the welfare of animals and the protection of our unique environment. HUHA actively works everyday to find homes and foster care for a multitude of homeless, abandoned, seized and abused animals. We’re here to help you help animals.


HUHA (Helping You Help Animals)

Charitable Trust: CC47396

ANZ 06 0529 0764879 00

For legacy information, please click here


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Help rebuild HUHA

Save Otaki HUHAWe have huge news, it’s a mix of sad and exciting … but we are focusing on the exciting!! Our much loved Otaki Shelter that currently houses 50 homeless dogs and 10 homeless horses is due to be bulldozed. We have bought land and are currently acquiring resource consents, but the big ask is that we need help from everyone – individuals, companies, corporates, groups and families – we need you all to help us build a new HUHA. Let’s build a HUHA that we can all be proud of and one that will last so future generations can continue our vision to change animal welfare expectations in New Zealand. With all of your help, we are leading by example and it is undeniable HUHA community, together we are saving lives!!

Please donate if you can and please share this link.

If you can donate expertise or building materials etc please email

This week’s most gorgeous

Holly smilerHolly! Holly is the duchess of HUHA. She is a solid, down-to-earth, no nonsense dame with a big heart, a love of fun and a clear idea of what the rules are. She isn’t anxious, neurotic, shy or unsure. She’s just awesome.

HUHA brought Holly up from a pound in Christchurch (via a human chain of HUHA community legends transporting her to Otaki). She was heavily pregnant, anxious and confused. She settled in, had 10 beautiful puppies at HUHA and was transformed. She was such a great mother to those small little windowless buildings. They grew to be enormous and full of their mother’s love of life. Holly was very comfortable with her role of big mumma and out came the real Holly – strong, confident and loving.

Holly is a bit of a find, on the quiet. She is not the Margot Fonteyn, leggy elegant sort; she is the big-hearted sort you want in an emergency – she’d make great soup. She loves ball games, cuddles, water and walks. She is very strong, so she’ll be good for the upper body fitness workout, but she isn’t good with cats.Holly and family

She loves the person who takes the time to share the sun with her. That could be you. Come and meet Holly and warm your heart up this winter. Click here for some more about her from the Adoptions page. 

About HUHA

Learn about how HUHA was founded, our history, our permanent residents and successful missions. Learn more >


HUHA has a variety of domestic and farm animals available for adoption to dedicated and loving homes. View adoptable animals   >

Get involved

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Newest Additions

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HIKOI FOR HUHA TIME AGAIN! Come and join the Hutt City and HUHA crew for a hill walk in Lowry Bay, Sunday 19 July 2pm… Continue reading   >

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HUHA’s Great British Global Greyhound Walk – in Kapiti

I know, it seems odd. The Great British Greyhound Walk was something started in, funnily enough, Great Britain to enable owners of greyhounds to get… Continue reading   >

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Pride of HUHA nominated for Pride of NZ Award

Our Claire Thornton, beloved Otaki Shelter Manager and Trustee for HUHA; Duty Manager par excellence; advocate, rescuer, defender and healer of animals (the ultimate combination… Continue reading   >



HUHA relies on the generous donation of our supporters to enable us to do our important work. Our organisation is run 100% by volunteers so all donations go towards helping the animals. You can donate via bank transfer to: ANZ: Huha Charitable Trust 06 0529 0764 879 00 Please contact us to confirm your deposit, you may also wish to allocate your donation to a certain animal or project. We will send you a receipt and thank you letter on receipt of your deposit Thank you for your support and enabling us to help you help animals    

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