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

For legacy information, please click here


Addiction_logo Grain-free, New Zealand-made, ethically- and sustainably-sourced, non-invasive animal tested, natural, delicious and high quality dog food. Thank you to Addiction for joining us in saving lives! [/note]

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.


HUHA's Wellington Street Appeal - collectors needed!

annual-street-appeal-wgtn3We need as many collectors as possible for HUHA’s annual Wellington street appeal – it’s on Thursday 27 October 7 am to 6 pm.

THIS IS A BIG DEAL! If ever you wanted to help HUHA, this is the thing to do. We need to get that shelter built, we need a place of safety and recovery for animals. All the animals that HUHA takes in – abandoned, abused, suffering – we need to do this for them.

If you have just an hour to spare, before, during or after work we would REALLY appreciate your help! Follow this link to register your interest –

Please allow us time to collate all the responses, you should receive an auto response so you know we have your details. We will collate and confirm by Sunday 23rd October.

(Note: Kapiti and Hutt Valley collections will be held in early December)

Ted says “Please, please help us.”




Bramble and Kaia go to school!

bramble-and-samBramble and Kaia are two Kaimanawa mares that came from the 2014 Kaimanawa muster and into HUHA’s care when it didn’t work out with the home they originally went to, and have been slowly learning the ways of the domestic horse, being around people and the peculiarities of being brushed, pedicures, lunch on the lawn and being loved. Then their big break came – bramble-groomingRussell Higgins (a four star Parelli instructor) and his students, of Russell Higgins Foundation Horsemanship, offered to start two HUHA Kai horses under saddle for us. We are so excited for Bramble and Kaia.

There has been a lot of preparation, including a lot of practice learning to love the horse truck (or “the lunch box” as Sam, head of our horses team, calls it) and on Saturday bramble-doing-float-practice2 October, amidst some tears and anxious faces from the horse crew, off they went, all the way up to Te Awamutu. They took the 5½ hour journey in their stride and arrived very relaxed. We are looking forward to their letters home and are so happy for the future that they can now have. Once their education is completed with Russell they will be up for adoption to lucky new owners. Be happy, beautiful girls.


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 – cats, dogs, farm animals and horses >



Also squishy, also gorgeous


Squishy and, oh yes - gorgeous


Our special girl

Latest Blog Posts

Have a look at the latest posts. View all >

About the blogger. click here

Mac_rolling on the grass

How should I approach training my dog (quick, pass an instrument of torture)

Spoiler alert – getting it right isn’t a fast, instant thing (but it is fun). There’s been a bit of debate about training methods lately. Sometimes,… Continue reading   >



A special post from the HUHANZ facebook page (in case you couldn't see it) PUDDING'S STORY ... We want you all to know Pudding. There… Continue reading   >

Lily the Kid and Pixie

When is life not worth living?

When creatures are surrendered or rescued or found by HUHA and taken in, they are sometimes in a bad way, a really bad way. And… 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