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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

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For legacy information, please click here


Billie – our shelter belle

Billie is invisible – that can be the only reason that she has not been taken home. Either that or people are size-ist maybe, because Billie is a big girl. We love this big-hearted beautiful dog and she is totally HUHA family, partly because to know her is to love her and partly because she has been overlooked for years. Billie is not an “oh-oh” dog – she’s just large. And with that largeness comes all the other largesse – large in beauty, in fun, in heart and love.

Billie needs activity and comfort and a bowl with “Billie’s Bowl” on it. She’s not a dog for cats or lifestyle blocks, so that leaves everybody else and their dogs (Billie likes dogs).

Billie has been in a shelter for too long, so please come over and be moved by her charms. We will make sure that she doesn’t have the invisibility cloak on. Click here to read up on her profile and give us a call on (04) 392-3232 or email us on We will make a time for you to have a chat and a walk with her. Let’s get something good going in 2020.

Thank you, Jo Moore, for catching her movie star good looks!

We need the full Team HUHA for this one

HUHA has been involved in so many rescues and the variety of animals and types of rescue has run the full gamut: from circus monkeys to laboratory mice; from the Nelson bushfire temporary rescue centre that saw 950 animals go through its campus to climbing in through the window of an abandoned rental where the people had left their animals behind.

But this one is a big one. HUHA are currently down in Christchurch rescuing 191 cows that the Ministry of Primary Industries have said must be taken off the property or euthanised.

We have called for good homes and will be following up the many offers we have had and doing the property checks. But first the animals have to be made ready for transporting. This has involved feeding up, castrating, dehorning, vaccinating, drenching, taking blood for mbovis, allocating NAIT numbers and TB testing.

The animals are a wide range of ages – this work has been traumatic and difficult for all involved.

Read about the story in the New Zealand Herald here. 

Read about he cows for adoption here.

The cows are doing well, they will travel to good homes and have their happy ever afters. HUHA, however, is facing a $30,000 bill. This has come completely out of left field.

To date we have $9,000. If you can find some cash to send our way, we would be so grateful and you would be making so much difference. 

Thank you, our HUHA family – you make it happen.

Kindness choices:

  • Donating $3 by txting “huha” to 4463
  • Donating directly to Huha Charitable Trust          06 0529 0764 879 00
  • Go to the “Get involved” tab right at the top of this page.


Cookie – it’s all in the name

Sweet, more-ish, energising, goes well with Earl Grey? That’s our Cookie!

Why is Cookie still here!

Cookie has been with us a while and hand on hearts, we don’t know why. She is curious about things, a dog to go adventuring with – in fact if you were planning on running away from home, Cookie would be a perfect companion; settling, good in the dark and unafraid of monsters. Cookie walks well on the lead, she eats all her food, she doesn’t have a skin allergy, she’s wonderful. She doesn’t like horses or cats – this much is true, but the no skin allergy thing is a good trade-off for that.

This girl has seen enough Christmases in a shelter – this is the year for her to be home. Please get yourself over here and meet this beautiful girl. Ring us (on (04) 392-3232) or email us (enquire.huha@gmail) – just get here! Click here for her profile. We have the greatest dog here, just waiting for you.

(Not close enough, Cookie!)

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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