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

What am I?

Black dogs

Gentle and quiet, playful and cheeky, sweet, funny and loving,

Love running about (in short bursts), love couches and your bed to stretch out on,

Elegant, loyal, beautiful to watch,

Your most faithful friend,

Most favourite thing – being where you are; someone to share the world with who’ll quietly explain it all to me,

I am Ellie, Look, Gary, Tosh, Nev, Percy, Tom,

I am a greyhound

Come and meet our beautiful greys. They are all ready to charm, delight and love you. Ring us on (04) 392-3232 and make an appointment to meet them. Bring your sandwiches – you won’t want to go home.

Princess and Look



HUHA’s beautiful horses – do you have time to make a difference to their day?

Horse - Piper and SamHUHA has always rescued horses; the rescues of Kaimanawa herds and the many individual rescues of horses neglected, abandoned or unwanted. And we love them all. Some stay with us – HUHA is their final resting place. Most we rehabilitate and love and find families for them; people who love them like we do.

Are you experienced with horses and could you spare some time each week on a regular basis to work with our dedicated horses team and help us care for these animals?

We are looking for help with feeding, grooming, picking up poo – the usual tasks. Even an hour or two a week would be greatly appreciated. Help with general maintenance would also be 5-star volunteer awesomeness, paddock maintenance, fencing etc; things that keep our beautiful horses safe and happy. Please email us on for a very warm welcome.

Thank you Jo Moore ( for this gorgeous photo. 

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

Community is the backbone of HUHA. There are many ways to get involved and help the animals. How you can help   >

Newest Additions

Check out the latest HUHA animals which are available for adoption. View all   >

Monty puppy


Puppy magic

Kitten delight

Flossy's pups


Taller than the buttercups now - look out

Latest Blog Posts

Have a look at the latest posts. View all   >

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Violet - a matilda pup

If I died tomorrow, what would happen to my animals?

(Health warning – realism touched on) We are all busy all of the time and clearly we’re never going to die because we haven’t got… Continue reading   >

Claire and Benji at protest march

Kiwibank Local Hero – one of ours!

Last night in Palmerston North, medals were awarded at a special ceremony for the Kiwibank Local Heroes award for the whole Wellington/Manawatu/central north island region.… Continue reading   >

Jim on the Hikoi

Choosing the perfect dog (part 1) – and yeah, about that word “perfect” …

Planning for the introduction of a new canine companion into your life is a wonderful thing to do and planning to choose that companion from… 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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