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

Haywards LandOur latest news on the new shelter

Woo hoo, whoop whoop and all that!  Exciting times – FIRSTLY our Manakau land has sold with an unconditional offer!! SECONDLY we have gone unconditional on the purchase of the Haywards land. We are so excited, we will never outgrow this spot, and will even be able to provide the community with an off-leash forest Park to use and enjoy!  And THIRDLY to complete our puzzle of growth, we have also been given the go ahead to take possession of the Stokes Valley Vet Clinic, a family run business that has been loved and admired by its clients for around 40 years. We hope to continue to be an asset to the community and make Ian and Lorna proud as we take over the business in the coming weeks.

So watch this space. Your generous donations are being put to great use and continue to be needed and appreciated – please consider HUHA and the difference we are making to so many animals when you are in a position to donate. 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

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It's Blossom!

Are you absolutely marvellous and would like a dog to match?

We know you are out there – someone for Blossom. Blossom is a bit shy (“Which by the way, isn’t a criminal offence” says Blossom), but once she’s met you a couple of times and knows that you are not a danger to chunky, delightful black dogs – well truly, her charm and love of you is unbeatable. Maybe it’s because you have to earn her trust that makes her friendship so compelling but it’s absolute gold. It’s just for you.

Blossom is Queen Bee of the scaredy cat group that rollick out in the yard together, happy and free of phobias as they play – yes she is the leveller, which is a tribute to her. She was once completely terrified, but a puppy shared her room with her and taught her to be more confident and enjoy play and happiness (“Also poker and a dangerous form of Snap” says Blossom). Now she gives confidence to others who have to learn trust and bravery in this abrasive world. Blossom does love dog companions.

Blossom is very special to HUHA so we want the absolute best. Whoever works for Blossom will be very special to HUHA as well. Blossom warms your heart, she gets under your skin, she is what makes you smile when you go to the shelter each morning. Blossom is a heart charmer – if you are absolutely marvellous, come and be charmed, it’s the least you can do. Contact us for a VIP appointment on or (04) 392-3232. (Blossom says to tell you, snacks are always welcome.)

If it’s the fish, you can have it, Ninja, but if it’s shepherd’s pie, it’s mine.”


Let's do this!

Seventy-five rabbits – raised for eating and therefore their welfare was not relevant. The point was to make money. The cage they each lived in tiny – with only an A4 sized piece of wood to stand on while they waited to be big enough to be slaughtered. To clean the cages and the rabbits, they were simply hosed through the wire – no handling, no care, no recognition that the rabbits were living creatures.

These rabbits are surprisingly curious and many of them come up to people, enjoying a scratch behind the ears, and all love to do what rabbits should love to do, now that they can – hop about, have fun, dig holes, play with their mates, and eat. They were so unknowing and traumatised – now they are learning about being fully alive in this world.

If you would be interested in being a part of this rescue – that is, give a couple of these buns a happy, uncomplicated carefree life (that doesn’t end in them being eaten), then we would love to hear from you. These rabbits are so beautiful, they will fill your hearts and you will be their outraged voice as you come to be a part of their rehabilitation.

Get in touch with us on  Yeah, why not – let’s do this!



Cats and kittens and opportunity

Is HUHA all about dogs and pigs and native birds? No – HUHA is all about everybody. We get a lot of cats and kittens coming though; pregnant Mums rescued, abandoned kittens and unwanted adults. Our cats are kept at the Kaitoke shelter and it’s hard for our adoptions page to keep up with the comings and goings.

If you are interested in a cat or kitten but you don’t see any on the adoptions page, email us on  or ring us on (04) 392 3232. If we don’t have anything when you ring (as if!), we will get in touch when we do.

There is nothing better than to see a cat that has no one, go home with someone and forever to be wanted and loved. Get in touch with us!





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