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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

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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 .




This is not a drill!

We need amazing cat and kitten homes ASAP!!!

We have so many felines ready to be adopted – and so many more needing to come in to the safety of our care.

If you are thinking about adding to your family, we have young, adolescent, middle-aged, old, very old and adorable felines ready now!!

All cats and kittens adopted from HUHA are vet checked, desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and deflead

Call us on 027 441 6474 so we can take you through our process. Our Cat department is currently in the Hutt Valley xx






Darling Ninja come to us at HUHA as part of our farm dog rehoming programme. When Ninja first arrived she was extremely timid and needed time to settle. She has come such a long way with her confidence and is now ready to try a new adventure and find her family.

Ninja would suit a lifestyle block with space to zoom and explore. A quiet chilled-out home with another dog for companionship is best. Ninja will need a fur buddy to help guide her in the big wide world. She LOVES attention and to be close to you, so someone that is home a lot would make her happy. Older children or a couple/person is best for Ninja as she may stress in a noisy hectic environment.

Ninja loves to run on the beach, bush walks, adventure and running through grassy paddocks on a summer evening (who wouldn’t?). She bonds strongly and is absolutely gorgeous as a happy loving girl by your side and a soft head under your hand as you walk along. She needs reassurance, a calm person to let her know everything is fine and someone to cuddle under the duvet with.

Ninja has come such a long way with us and we would love to see her loved and settled, living her best life with her forever person. We are unsure as to what she would be like around cats. Feisty cats that stand their ground would probably scare her to death but she would possibly chase a cat that was timid and would run away from her. It would be a game for her. She may be a bit of a ratbag, but she is a gentle ratbag.

Ninja is a 3-year-old Heading Dog and she is located at Club HUHA in Otaki. Call us on (04) 392-3232


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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