Grain-free, New Zealand-made, ethically- and sustainably-sourced, non-invasive animal tested,

natural, delicious and high quality dog food. Thank you to Addiction for joining us in saving lives!


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



We want to give you the chance to speak up for the stolen Taumarunui puppy-mill dogs – the Taumarunui 25! See the HUHANZ facebook post: *** or for non-facebook people, have a look here: Call to Action



All of New Zealand is now at ORANGE but we still need to look out for each other and keep each other safe.
In accordance with the guidance of the Ministry of Health, our safety measures are still masking-wearing for the shelters and the shops. If you don’t feel well, please delay your visit until you are well again ❤ (COVID – current requirements).

World Rat Day is everyday!

April 4 was World Rat Day but we think everyday is World Rat Day. Did you know that the collective noun for rats is “a mischief”? A mischief of rats is the most entertaining family you could have. If you would like to extend your family to include these beautiful boys and girls, email about the ex university rats that HUHA has in their care. HUHA is looking for knowledgeable, loving and interactive homes where each mischief can gain confidence and learn about life as adored pets. Get in touch if that is you.


Seeking two HUHA Board Members

We are on the search for two talented individuals to sit on the HUHA Board of Trustees and help us steer HUHA to a stable and sustainable future!

The world is getting scary for charities. The only certainty right now is the growth and overwhelming demand for our services. We are feeling the very real struggle of communities as more animals than ever come into our care, and we experience a huge decline in the donations that have always been our life blood. But we are more determined than ever to lead the change needed in NZ’s animal welfare sector, to care for and shelter animals in need, and to deploy to emergency events that require our expertise and support.

Our new shelter is well underway. We are so proud to be providing NZ a national hub of animal care that will teach and inspire much needed change. But we need help from some heavy hitters. We are looking for two kind, driven and business savvy individuals to jump onto the HUHA Board. These are voluntary positions. They require one meeting a month, and as much passion and vision as you can spare.

If you would like to be part of a (not so little now) charity that is making huge and positive waves. Please send a letter and/or CV through to

Patiently waiting!

We are still looking for wonderful, kind and suitable pet cow and steer lifetime homes anywhere in New Zealand … we deliver!!! 🐮🐂🐃🐄

Over the past year we have rescued, rehabilitated and transported around 180 neglected pet cows across the country.
Among the 16 cows currently in our care in Christchurch and Wellington are the final few. We waited so long to get our hands on them and now all we need is suitable, experienced and kind forever homes to match-make each cow to.
We are committed to transporting them anywhere in New Zealand; to homes that are committed to giving them a bright and safe, not for eating, breeding or fattening up and on-selling future!
Please get in touch if you are looking to extend your bovine family. Email us on
Thank you HUHA Community. Together we are saving lives xxx



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: Ōtaki (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)

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 – cats, dogs, farm animals, horses and rabbits >




Latest Blog Posts

Have a look at the latest posts. View all >

Call to action – the Taumarunui 25

We want to give you the chance to speak up for the stolen Taumarunui puppy-mill dogs … the Taumarunui 25! On 18 September 2021, 25… Continue reading   >


Here's to a year of kindness towards all living beings. Here is to a year filled with peace and calm. This year we are going… Continue reading   >

Sad time for HUHA – we lose Laurie, our Legend

Rarely is there a time at HUHA for quiet and pause but we have been brought to a stop with the passing of Laurie.  Laurie’s… 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