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

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For legacy information, please click here


Tinkerbell, clever, characterful and fun!


Tinkerbell was born at HUHA five years ago from the Kai/Kai cross rescues of Ruatoria. She is a staff favourite, full of character and fun. She is a clever girl and needs a clever owner, someone experienced with horses who can introduce her to all that she can be. The horses team say:

“She hasn’t been started as yet but has been sat on with a saddle pad and wouldn’t take much to get going. She knows the Parelli 7 games, has some good soft yields, carries a big green ball, fetches sticks and caps, and she jumps!”

If you want to be the person that transforms Tinkerbell in the “swan” she will be, get in touch with our horses team (her aunties) on Click here for more detail on Tinkerbell.

Look closely!

Cookie says “Without even trying, whatever time of the day it is, I am the best dog here. I’m clever, I’m gorgeous, I’m active, I’m the real deal. Look no further, I am the one”.

That’s quite a bold claim, Cooks, but it’s hard to disagree. Click here to read about Cookie and give us a call to meet her on (04) 392-3232. She is such a beach babe; we love her.



Make your own cute cat videos


We can’t keep it a secret any longer – we seem to have acquired the region’s cutest cats. They come from all sorts of backgrounds but the common denominator is that they are all completely adorable. We have shy and sassy, quiet and crazy, easy going and particular; and oversupplied with luscious and precious.

Stop your awwwing over other people’s cat videos and start mesmerising you friends with your own cat family members. The world needs a whole lot more love and charm leaked into it at the moment – let’s get cracking.



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Stress – we all feel it and dogs do too. It’s caused by different things for different people, it shows itself in different ways. We… Continue reading   >

The Nelson Fires – HUHA’s Emergency Shelter

Carolyn Press McKenzie and her husband, Jim McKenzie, the founders of HUHA, were attempting to have one day to themselves and dressed up for a… Continue reading   >

From the HUHA Board to You!!!

Happy New Year Everyone! We want to thank you for the miracles you help achieve every day. Literally thousands of lives have been saved this… 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