HUHA (Helping You Help Animals) Charitable Trust, New Zealand’s leading NO KILL animal shelter urgently needs rebuilding!


New HUHA animal shelter drawings

Our Otaki Shelter (we have leased for 4.5 years) has been sold and is set to be bulldozed to make way for a quarry. We have been served our eviction notice and need to be relocated by October 2016.

Thankfully we planned ahead and have bought our very own 18 acres on SH1 Manakau just north of Wellington, and we are very grateful to have achieved a recourse consent, but our land is a blank canvas and we need your help to build a facility on the bare land, so the animals that come into our care can have comfort, love and sanctuary whilst they wait for the chance of the bright future that they so deserve.


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

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Failed farm dogs (but as companions - every kind of successful)

nikitaHUHA is in the process of rescuing a total of 46 farm dogs of every description from a farm with surplus dogs. These are typical farm dogs in their sweetness and beautiful, soft, loving natures. However, they have not had any socialisation yet – their world has been very small so they are rocked by the lulu2newness of everything. They will be the light of their new owners’ lives – they are all heart stealers but while some are keen to learn about life, others need patient, loving introduction to this big, eye-popping world of adventure. They all have the most wonderful natures; we love them.

We have re-homed about half of the 46 and as they get adopted. we bring more into the shelter. Needless to say, we are bursting at the seams!

annieIf you are keen to adopt one of these lucky charms or maybe you missed out on one of the previous ones and are still interested, then please contact us by emailling or ring us on (04) 392-3232. Have a look at the HUHA adoption process here: These are failed farm dogs and are not going to be working dogs – soul mates only.


The face of rescue

Carolyn and Phillip Phillips resizedWe often show you the face of rescue after our animals have been comforted, fed, had surgery, been loved and are ready for being adopted. But we tend not to show you the face of rescue as we see it first – the fear, the confusion, the pain.donkeys-in-stock-yard

Every single thing you do to help HUHA directly helps animals who have no one else, who have been abandoned, who are facing euthanasia. Thank you for being their lifeline.


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NalaNala is one of those dogs that any shelter would be surprised to see needing help to find a home. She is such a great girl and has all those qualities you dream of when imagining you and your dog sharing the world together.

What are the boxes she ticks? She loves children, is great with other dogs (though likes to be treated with some respect) and is always happy (imagine that every day). She has excellent manners, is well-trained, walks well on a lead and has a great recall (what???). She is sweet, loving and loyal, and you will always find her … right beside you.

Nala is not good with cats (thank goodness there’s something to watch – or you just wouldn’t believe the rest of this). Nala is a bona fide, gold carat find – contact us on or ring us on (04) 392-3232. And check her out here.


About HUHA

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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