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 and we have bought a veterinary clinic in Stokes Valley, Lower Hutt. Yes, big, brave things. With these two assets and HUHA Kaitoke, we are creating a HUHA campus of care and rehabilitation.

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. This Summer (2019–2020) we will have grazing for our horses and farm animals. The dream becomes reality.

With planning and fundraising for Haywards and establishing our HUHA vet clinic, 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


Cow project – only eight left! Oops, make that 22

This huge rescue has taken months and thousands of dollars to resolve. Read this from HUHA founder, Carolyn Press McKenzie:

“We have been playing hard ball to ensure the closure of the Christchurch cow sanctuary. It was not an easy task, but yesterday our negotiations were completed.


They will take no more cows (aside from the 11 they negotiated with MPI to keep) into their possession. They will not endeavor to start another sanctuary. And they will no longer solicit funds.

Next week we will travel back to Christchurch and start the process again with the final 14 cows that have now been signed over to us. They will be TB tested, M-bovis tested, vaccinated, drenched, dehorned and castrated. Once all this is done they will be available for adoption (along with the 8 we are still caring for) to loving and suitable homes where they will be adored pets, not for eating or breeding or fattening up and selling. Just simply well cared for forever pets.

If you are in are interested in adopting please contact us

We still have a lot to do. Though we finally see an end in sight. These animals have been through so much…but we pray we have stopped the cycle of blatant indifference resulting in horrific neglect.

Now its up to MPI to follow through with any appropriate charges.”

We show up

HUHA volunteers at airport before going to AustraliaThis was quite the year for HUHA. It’s always “quite the year”, but each year we extend our reach and this year was no different. As well as the thousands of calls responded to, animals rescued and homes found that we do every year, we also went to Australia during their bush fire horror at the beginning of the year and helped rescue wildlife and rebuild sanctuaries; we went up to Northland in New Zealand for the floods; we went all over the country providing food for animal sanctuaries struggling during the COVID-19 lockdown; and have spent months since August rescuing 140 cows in the South Island. Most recently we extended a helping hand to Northland in the recent fires as fire season starts again here.

We show up.


Through all of these happenings, keeping our founder, Carolyn Press McKenzie, away from her home for most of the year, she has rushed back for two personal great losses – a loss to her and Jim and to the HUHA family – the loss of Reg, the dog loved by the whole HUHA facebook community, and the loss of Laurie the ex-circus monkey. Laurie was in the HUHA Kaitoke family for many, many years. Reg was Carolyn’s heart dog.

HUHA will always come and make a difference, so if you are feeling the need to shuck off 2020 and open 2021 with a contribution to change, please consider HUHA (20+ years and still going strong). We’ve been doing this a long time, we are called on to be involved in more and more components of the animal rescue activity because we are a safe pair of hands, because of our extensive experience and because we will always show up.


  • Bank account: ANZ 06 0529 0764879 00;
  • For legacy information, please click here;
  • Text ‘HUHA’ to 4463 to donate $3


Kitten season
It’s definitely kitten season!!! (and lots of gorgeous homeless cats too!)
Its busy work … but so worth it 🥰
If you would like to know more about adopting a cat or kitten from HUHA, please email:
Thank you HUHA Community. Together we can save lives xxx


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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