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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

For legacy information, please click here


We need to talk about Elsie

Ok, the problem with Elsie is that she is 7 months old and is therefore a great fat distraction – you cannot concentrate on anything with Elsie girl in the room. The good news is that she will eventually be 1 year old and hopefully less cute but we will not soft-soap this just to get her adopted; we’ve seen Elsies before and they stay distracting and squishable, whatever their age.  Elsie is not a scaredy cat, she is not a sit about “I don’t know what to do” sort, she is not a big garden plug. Elsie is a dog to take with you into the bush and discover things. When you feel like a wee “elevenses” sit down (and this is too cute for words) she’ll snuggle up and sit on your lap. I know!

Elsie wants to learn – she is good on her little halti and interested in the world – interested the way we all are (not “interested” as in a raving loon, you won’t be able to hold on to her, you’ll only be able to walk her at 4 in the morning when no one’s about). No, Elsie is very secure and happy in this world.

Elsie is sick of sleeping across from Olly, she is sick of smelling Nancy’s and Sid’s puppy poo, she is over having to wait for her turn to go out into the yards and hear Phoebe’s and Nellie’s boring tall tales of how amazing they are. Elsie is ready for you, for your couch and for your adventures. She wants to show you how clever she is and experience the world – beaches, rivers, cuddles under the trees, ball in the backyard, veggie-stock ice cubes and love. Come and meet Elsie – your mobile phone will ring and buzz and chirrup and you won’t even hear it. Read here for her profile and get in touch ((04) 293-3232 or It’s ok Elsie, we’ve told them – you’ll be home soon.

Something in the way he moves me …

Kevin and his sister Chloe were surrendered to HUHA and shortly after that, Chloe was adopted into a wonderful home and left HUHA. Dogs, like humans, cope differently with abandonment and loss. It floored Kevin. His beautiful face worried us with his constant expression of “What happened???” and when we took him out of his room to go to the yard for play or for a walk, he belted out of there like a dog possessed, with his volunteer flying behind him, his eyes wide and round screaming “Make sense! Make sense! Make sense!” You had to grab hold of the kitchen gate or a door on the way past in order to stop him and change direction.

But Kevin worked it out because Kevin has mental strength and toughness. Dogs and people without a care or a fear in the world can never be held to have mental toughness. Mental toughness is where you do have anxiety and you work out how to manage it or conquer it. Little by little and day by day, Kevin worked through it. HUHA brought to the party reassurance and love, good food, a soft bed, walks and understanding but Kevin made it happen by piecing it together and adjusting and wanting to be happy again. You could see him doing it, his beautiful, thoughtful, anxious face.

You would not recognise Kevin now. Before only the strong and very heavy volunteers walked Kevin – now everyone walks him. He walks beautifully out of his room. He is a dog you can mix in the yard with other dogs. He has Boston and Elsie with him in some sessions and Minty and Presley and Russ in others –ranging from a Dog Giant to a Jack Russell. Walking him is a privilege – he loves seeing what the world is up to but especially with you. Like travelling, it’s so much more fun with your friends.

Another thing about Kevin (this is a little shallow, but there it is) is that he is striking to look at. He has an unusually beautiful dark brown coat (in Whittaker’s terms – the Dark Ghana) which you have to physically see really to appreciate the colour – he’s a head turner.

Kevin has diamonds on the soles of his shoes, That’s who he is. Kevin is a top 5 dog at HUHA Otaki – it’s impossible not to love him and not to admire him for what he did. He has a lot to teach us.

We are looking for the best home ever for Kevin – we couldn’t sleep at night to think of him anywhere else. Maybe you’re that home? Don’t waste any more time wondering and prevaricating – come and see him. Click here for his profile details and get in touch ((04) 392-3232 or This is a day out you’ll never ever regret.






I love the grass. I am not food. My name is Molly.

Molly was one of 75 beautiful rabbits rescued by HUHA from meat farming. HUHA bought the rabbits, their cages, the whole shebang – so that these rabbits could be spared, so that no one else could use the equipment for rabbit farming and, due to the ghastly state that the rabbits were in, to bring to the attention of the government the lack of regulation on this cruel practice.

Molly was never handled, she was not known, she was nobody. The cages were wire frames with an A4-sized piece of wood on which the rabbit could sit, grow, wait. When the cages and rabbits needed cleaning, they were hosed through the wire.

When Molly and her fellow survivors came to HUHA, they were terrified. Animals that had never been handled had to have all their physical problems assessed and triaged, nails clipped, wounds cleaned – it was very hard for them. They were patched up and cleaned kindly, they have been spayed and neutered, they are intelligent, playful, curious and properly engaged beings again. They have a past though and that means learning trust and the strange concept of respect and patience from humans – qualities they haven’t known before. They are hilarious, they are all different in personality, they are cautious.

Molly and her sister Woppi live in foster care. Molly is interested in being stroked and told she is a superstar of extreme awesomeness. Woppi is a sniffer – not so interested in such blandishments but has struck up a good relationship with the next door neighbour’s cat. Both permitted a fostered chicken to visit their abode and look through the rooms. They love their life, they love being rabbits.

We need patient, kind, respectful beings to adopt our once-abused, intelligent, peaceful beings. This is the core work of rescue – and an opportunity to learn and love. They are not ready-made pets – they need to learn to come to you and be stroked and tickled, as Molly has. It is such a privilege to make that possible and watch the change.

If you are interested and would like to hear more about what is involved, please email us on We have advice, we can send you out a fact sheet, you are part of the rescue.





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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