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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


Mice - out of the labs!

Mark the 16th of October 2018 down in your calendar as a significant day in history for New Zealand laboratory animals … actually for animal welfare in general!

On the 16th of October, we brought home 50 teaching mice and are placing them available for adoption, setting a precedent for so many more in the future!

We want to thank Massey University for responding so positively to our OUT OF THE LABS Campaign. Together with the amazing team from NZAVS, we have campaigned for years to offer testing facilities around New Zealand an alternative to euthanasia.

Massey have entrusted us with the responsibility of rehoming 50 special wee mice that have been part of a no-impact behavioural study. If we are successful, we hope our relationship with Massey will grow, leading to more animals being allowed the opportunity of life out of the lab … and let’s hope other universities and private facilities follow their lead.

If you are interested in adopting some of these sweet intelligent creatures please contact us at and we will take you through the process which includes a no breeding clause.

All 50 are female and were born in June. We have two strains, one strain extroverted by nature and the other strain more timid. We will rehome to special and approved homes only .




Christmas and Christmas presents!

We all know that animals are not for Christmas, but we can help you with some animal-related presents that will make someone you love happy, will get you off the “what do I get them???” hook AND will save lives. You’re sorted!

For instance:

The online shop:



Tees, the HUHA founder’s unputdownable book, a coffee table book on cats, the wonderful Whoop shampoo and lotion that we use in our shelters, made from natural, unharmful ingredients designed for healthy and itchy skin.

Have a look here:

The real shop in Otaki:





All the above plus beautiful secondhand, good quality clothes and pre-loved items

Find us on 208 SH1 Otaki, New Zealand

Call 06-364 7062 – we are open 10 am to 4 pm every day but Monday.

Sponsor an animal or donations for Christmas:

Contact us on and work out what suits you (see our sponsorship page:


Nana says “I’m not for Christmas, but this Christmas is going to be a lot better for me now – thank you for helping us all!”





Beautiful Bella? Bouncing Bella? Bonnie Bella? There are so many different words we could use to describe Bella and one would never be enough! This scrummy girl doesn’t know she is 7 years old and going grey already. She thinks she is 2 and has the energy to prove it! Bella LOVES people! She loves food and most importantly she loves to play. Toys and balls are the highlight of her life, especially when her people are playing with her!

Now Bella isn’t your typical Lab X. She doesn’t want to go to the dog park and hoon around with other dogs. She wants to be the only dog – at home and at the dog park (more toys for her that way!). She wants to go on long walks in quiet areas and spend one on one time with her favourite people.

We have been working hard with Bella to help her with some of her reactivity issues around other dogs and she is making great progress. A little bit of structure, a lot of love and positive reinforcement based training can work wonders. We are now looking for someone who is committed to continuing Bella’s training, under our guidance, once she is adopted. This way we can help ensure Bella is set up to succeed and that her new family has a support network there to help her (and them) adjust to her new life.

Bella has so much life in her, with so much joy and love to give – she is your true definition of a companion dog  She is looking for a home with company most of (if not all) the time, an experienced owner, no cats and to be the only dog in the home. In return she will make you laugh with her antics, admire her zoomies and cherish her cuddles and affection.

Bella is a 7 year old Lab x. She is desexed, vaccinated and microchipped. Please call 04 392 3232 or email if you think you have a home that would be a good fit for Bella.





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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