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 HUHAOur 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 (ANZ: 06-0529-0764879-00).

If you can donate expertise or building materials etc please email



Ethel, a failed farm dog pup, at the vets. Awww Ethel!!!

HUHA is calling MAYDAY!

This is not a drill. This is all about survival, for HUHA and for the thousands of animals we rescue, rehabilitate and rehome every year.

This year we estimate having to spend more than $100,000 on vet bills alone. And we also need to urgently build a new shelter as our leased Otaki Shelter is due to be bulldozed to make way for a quarry. We have bought the new land and we finally have consent, so we need your help and we need it now!!

Starting in May we are asking you, our HUHA community, to fundraise for us. Gather your friends, your groups, your schoolmates or your workmates and put your thinking caps on to come up with a fundraising idea that you can run with, It could be a bake sale, odd jobs, a fun run, you could put on a concert for family and friends or simply sending a $3 txt (txt “huha” to 4463)? The ideas are endless, just do what makes you happy and help us save lives.

Please run your ideas past us, we love to hear them and make sure they are in keeping with HUHA ethics and values or for an information pack and guidelines please email: enquire.huha@gmail.comPig Terry and pixie the Chi

Lets build a strong and bright future together!


Fozzie? Or maybe Mrs Fisher?

FozzyFOZZY BEAR AND MRS FISHER are hanging in the HUHA Kaitoke office making themselves useful while they wait for their happy ever afters.

Mrs Fisher has been with us a while. She is now desexed and ready to go and aside from a bung eye after being hooked with a fish hook she is simply perfection. Smiley, purry, cuddly and very good on the computer … literally.

Fozzy the Bearded Collie pup is just 12wks and will be desexed before he leaves us. This chunky chubster is busy and playful in between his big sleeps. He is a social butterfly and is keen on getting in on all the action. Fozzy needs a lifestyle home. He needs an active family who will keep him mentally enriched through the day or he will be off and out of your property leaving you eating his dust! (True story!)

If you are interested in Fozzy Bear or Mrs Fisher…or any of the 70 other cats and dogs in our care. Please call us on 043923232 Or email:

All HUHA Animals leave desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, dewormed and defleaed. An adoption process applies:0)

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   >

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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