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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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!!

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If you can donate expertise or building materials etc please email

This week’s most gorgeous – Kaos!


As red-haired people are sometimes called Blue, so a cruisey dude gets called Kaos (and misspelt as well – what can you do). This handsome boy is a senior of 10 years but he doesn’t think he’s a senior and is in tip-top shape.  He’s adorable. The plus side of being a senior is that he is chilled, unsurprised by what comes up and doesn’t do barking and jumping up like a kid; he does LOVE a good ball game and stick chasing. He is such a mate that when you’re with him in the sun, chillaxing, you find yourself telling him all your problems and relaxing under his grounded, kindly gaze. He has a gorgeous round bull terrier body (squish, squish, hug) and just wants to be where you are and share the companionship. He knows things (like commands and recall), he is good with stroppy, strong cats but he isn’t a stuffed toy; yes he likes to assert himself and puff out his chest with male dogs – so you need to keep him out of trouble. He is a very easy dog to love and to share your life with. You’ll love him when you see him – consider giving Kaos the friendship he deserves (the friendship you deserve too). Check out his particulars here. 

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   >



Mr Calm, Mr Adorable - get him!
Donkeys rescued


Those beautiful ears!


Sweetness, joy, happiness - so heaven on earth

Latest Blog Posts

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One Eyed Willie

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Cilla 2 - June 2015

Love Your Elders

Love your elders Instead of a great wordy diatribe on love and care for older dogs, here is a picture of it. This is Cilla… Continue reading   >


Hikoi for HUHA

HIKOI FOR HUHA TIME AGAIN! Come and join the Hutt City and HUHA crew for a hill walk in Lowry Bay, Sunday 19 July 2pm… 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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