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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

For legacy information, please click here


Work hard, play hard, love hard!


Lillie – she is here, in this world, every day matters to her. She is studying (language for the deaf and obedience), she has cool dogs friends, she is leading a full-on busy life at the shelter – always things to do and people to see.

Lillie’s here to love her life – she is a present moment girl and has a lot of jokes she loves to pass on. If you like the fast-paced, full colour, laugh-in-your-face sort of life, you might want to share it with Lillie. Help her with her homework and startle the outside world with your treks and camping.  Click here to read about Lillie and ring us on (04) 392-3232 to have a chat and meet her. You will never be the same.

It’s happening!


Yes indeed, the prototype for the dog chalets destined for HUHA Haywards are being trialled at the Otaki shelter right now. Very exciting for everyone to get a glimpse of how things will be for the dogs. So much thought and hard work goes in to each step – here is a small part of the dream.

Take a look at the layout as well for the new shelter below – we will be able to have our farm animals, horses, dogs, cats, the whole shebang in one place. It will be great to have the whole family together instead of spread across the region.



Make your own cute cat videos


We can’t keep it a secret any longer – we seem to have acquired the region’s cutest cats. They come from all sorts of backgrounds but the common denominator is that they are all completely adorable. We have shy and sassy, quiet and crazy, easy going and particular; and oversupplied with luscious and precious.

Stop your awwwing over other people’s cat videos and start mesmerising you friends with your own cat family members. The world needs a whole lot more love and charm leaked into it at the moment – let’s get cracking.



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From the HUHA Board to You!!!

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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