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

Most gorgeous dog – Mango (Squishalicious)

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Day 6 at HUHA

Mango is not yet up for adoption but you can’t go past her for most gorgeous dog at the moment. Mango (or “Mango-licious” as she gets called a fair bit) has demodex mange. She was in such a bad way when HUHA brought her in, six days ago, that to even touch her was too painful for her. You couldn’t hug her. But Mango is a dog that loves and six days later, look at that brave, happy face!

When Mango was found, she was crawling on her belly across a road as her feet were so cracked and bleeding that it was too painful for her to walk.


Day 1

Mango was started on Bravecto to address the infestation of mange mites as well as antibiotics. One of the main ingredients in Mango’s recipe to health is her twice daily massages with Whoop’s Itch & Ouch Lotion and Shampoo (now available for all to buy via our shop – see the shop tab above).

In just one week of care, Mango-licious, with all she is coping with, has been able to show what a singularly loving, perfect little being she is. Every life matters!

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Every life matters, baby girl!


Annual Street Appeal wgtn CALLING ALL HUHA FAMILY AND FRIENDS – WE NEED YOU AND YOUR POOCHES TO HELP WITH OUR ANNUAL STREET APPEAL!! Please book your annual leave now for Thursday 22nd October 2015. Click here to register! If you’re on facebook, the event page is here Please note we will be in touch a few days before the appeal to confirm, as we need time to collate everyone :-)

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   >


Miss Maisie

Stunning looker with great moves


Special girl who needs someone special


Look, Love, Live!

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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    

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