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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. Yes, a big, brave thing. 

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. Our horses have now moved in. The dream becomes reality.

With planning and fundraising for Haywards, 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


Introducing our pop-up cat adoption centre


It’s tiny but it’s super cute and it’s saving lives already.While we wait for our new shelter to be built, we have been invited to occupy a spare wee building in the car park of the Rural Trading Post Pāuatahanui.

It’s the perfect match, we adopt cats and kittens into loving and safe homes and our friends at The Rural Trading Post have a retail barn chokka with all you would ever need for your new family member xx

We have fitted out the building with the new cattery cages earmarked for our Haywards Cat Department … it a little posh and luxurious for the kitties … everything they deserve while they are waiting for their forever homes to step forward and give them a bright future!

If you would like to find out a little more about our “Pop-up Cat Department”, nestled in the car park of The Rural Trading Post, then pop an email through to or phone 04 392 3232. While we a settling in, we are open 11.30 to 2.30 pm Tues–Sat by appointment.

We have bunnies and Guineas too!!

And now ... we're in Westport


MPI contacted HUHA, needing help with a temporary dog shelter for Westport, so we’re setting up fencing, bedrooms, admin and care even as we speak. 

If you have any time to help or blankets for beds, please get in touch on

Westport needs our help as they struggle with the aftermath of the floods. They need somewhere safe and warm for their animal family members while they get their lives back together. There are people in alternative housing, the problems are not over for them.

But this is what we do, HUHA community and we can rely on each other to get it done xxx

Experienced horse volunteers—we need you!


The horse department is in need of extra volunteers to lend a helping hand. We can promise you lots of rubs and cuddles, but you must be wiling to pick up horse poo in return!
If you are over 16 years of age, super reliable and able to commit to a weekly shift, have previous horse experience (on the ground), and have the ability to travel to Otaki (there is no public transport to our location) then please get in touch 🙂
(Please note, this is purely ground work our horses cannot be ridden and this is not suitable for anyone under 16.)

About HUHA

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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