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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



We could leave it there, with this photo – Leroy and his mesmerising face and all the love behind it. But you should know that this beautiful boy came to HUHA so full of fear that you could hardly touch him. With his desire to love and work it out and the HUHA team’s determination that Leroy should have his life back and be happy in this world, Leroy worked through this, has blossomed and just amazes us. He is very clever, very smoochy and so gentle. He sometimes gets a fright and needs your steadying hand but he is ready for you.

Leroy is a precious being in this world – please click here to read all about him and get in touch with us to have a chat and to get to see him. Phone (04) 392-3232 or

The photo is taken by the amazing Jo Moore of Jo Moore Photography, by the way –

HUHA in Nelson – Emergency shelter

Yes, this picture is right at the start of it. The Nelson fires blazed out of control and people were evacuated along with their pets and their farm animals. “The first night was just one dog … and then the dams burst” said Carolyn Press McKenzie, founder of HUHA. In fact HUHA’s temporary, makeshift animal shelter at the Richmond showgrounds gave shelter to 956 animals.

At the time of writing this, 11 days and still going strong, Carolyn is still in Nelson as animals are starting to be returned to homes and arranging for food to be distributed to people who have gone home to lifestyle blocks. The full story of how one person went down to an unfolding disaster, set up a 956-animal strong makeshift animal shelter in two days and galvanised a team of the most extraordinary, selfless and capable people to pull this off is something we are all keen to hear about. In the meantime, click here to see and hear some of the news items on the event, including a live walk-around video taken by Carolyn and Claire Thornton, showing you the shelter with some insights on their (dead-on-their-feet) take on the first six days.


This photo was taken on the ground by Jo Moore – what need we say, beautiful. The animal shelter team saw, gave and received lots of love like this. See more of Jo’s work here –


Looking for sunshine, green grass and fun!

HUHA recently took another large group of commercial hens into their care. We don’t need to tell you what they’re like when they first come to us, but we know what they’re like after they’ve spent a little time in loving homes – so wonderful to see! They need a free-range lifestyle and have a warm, dry secure place to nest at night. Only homes where they won’t be eaten or bred though please!

Hens are wonderful to share your life with – full of character and they love life. These hens deserve their time in the sun. Email us on and let’s chat.


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The Nelson Fires – HUHA’s Emergency Shelter

Carolyn Press McKenzie and her husband, Jim McKenzie, the founders of HUHA, were attempting to have one day to themselves and dressed up for a… Continue reading   >

From the HUHA Board to You!!!

Happy New Year Everyone! We want to thank you for the miracles you help achieve every day. Literally thousands of lives have been saved this… Continue reading   >

Older dogs – the benefits (it’s all benefits!)

When I first went volunteering at HUHA, without a single thought of adopting a dog (I had a dog, thank you very much) – I… 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