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The new HUHA shelter at Haywards – it’s being built, it was never more needed than now!

One thing stays the same for HUHA – the need. The size of the need doesn’t stay the same though – this just continues to increase each year.

Over the last couple of years, to address the costs and the demands and be more efficient, we have bought 157 acres of land on the Haywards Hill. Yes, a big, brave thing. 

Is it easy? Is it finished? No – it’s hard work and it’s not finished – but it will be. The 157 acres will be a home for horses, farm animals, cats, dogs and bird rehabilitation. It will be our one stop HUHA place of care. We own it so everything we do and every cent spent on it, stays there. Ground levelling has been done for the horses and farm animals, dogs and cats area. Our horses have now moved in. The dream becomes reality.

With planning and fundraising for Haywards, we have had to bring our A game to everything we do – because the rescue continues and we can never be too tired or too distracted or drop the ball with that. We do this with the community – please join the family and be a part of it.

Donate to the rebuild on our givealittle page: givealittle HUHA rebuild; contact us on if you have questions or ideas or want to be involved; see

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



It doesn’t happen without volunteers – we need you now!

It’s not enough to rescue – there has to be feeding, cleaning, housework, baths, walking, training, mesmerising with pats and kindness, and love. We can get the animals to the shelters but there is a lot of daily, regular work to do to keep everyone comfortable and safe and get everyone adoption-ready.

Please consider what time you could give to be part of this – we currently have fortnightly and weekly shifts that need people. Whatever time you have – a little or a lot – it just needs to be regular so we know we have everything covered. 

Everything you do as a volunteer is rescue at its core. Please come and help us (it’s also fun and incredibly rewarding. Your three hours once a fortnight will quickly become three hours, four days a week – we hope!). We’ll see you there! ❤

Where we need people:

Dog Team


Where: Otaki (eventually, Haywards Hill, Hutt Valley in the Summer)

Cat Team (and buns, guinea pigs, generally the small furry department)


Where: Pāuatahanui (eventually, Haywards Hill, Hutt Valley in the Summer)

Horses Team


Where: Te Horo (eventually, Haywards Hill, Hutt Valley in the Summer)

Bunny all sorts


A few months ago, HUHA helped out the SPCA by taking on 46 rabbits from a hoarding situation in Auckland. Those rabbits have all been checked by our vets, desexed, vaccinated and are ready for happy entertaining life to begin!

There are all sorts of colours and sizes and charm. They are adorable, friendly happy little guys.

If you can offer a special bunny home, please email with details of your bunny set up or ask for some advice on what you will need. You can organise a visit to find out more – the team can discuss the bunnies with you and help you find the perfect match.

The buns are currently at our pop-up cat shelter in Pāuatahanui in Wellington.


Lockdown Alert Level 2


We are now open at our shelters in Otaki (dogs) and Pauatahanui (cats/small animals) with Level 2 protocols in place.

It is by appointment only though!

If you would like an appointment to visit us, please call (04) 392-3232 to book a time/day.


Both our Otaki and Petone physical shops are open again! For their locations and hours, click here. We all know the drill now of course – masks, QR code scanning, and two meter social distancing (we’ll have hand sanitiser in the shop as well).

Our online Ethical Gift Store is always open of course – click here. If it suits you better, you can also organise to pick up your online purchases in the Petone op shop.

Thank you everyone – we can’t wait to see you back ❤

You are so beautiful to me

So, so very beautiful.

This beautiful picture of Quatty is not here to entice you to read something you otherwise wouldn’t read. This beautiful girl is available for adoption – I know!!!

Quatty is a beautiful, sassy 11-year-old greyhound, with all the elegance, classiness and indescribable glory that is the lot of greyhounds. Here’s what the Otaki Shelter Manager says about her:

“Kind, loving, loyal and gentle, a true older grey with a playful cheeky side and a love of playing with balls and teddies, zoomies, ear rubs, quiet cuddles and a need to be by your side. She is truly magic.

She is a typical quirky, happy, super sensitive gentle grey and so, so beautiful.

Quatty would prefer to be the queen of her castle and would be more than happy to be the only dog, as long as she has her person, she will be happy.”

Why don’t you give us a ring and arrange to meet her: 022-250-3160

Quatty should be reigning supreme, monopolising someone’s duvet, right now!

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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