New Otaki HUHA shop needs volunteers
ALL profit from the store go to run the Otaki Helping You Help Animals (HUHA) sanctuary opened last year.
The store was opened late February and since then has been doing quite well, says Issi Maloret, one of the HUHA Otaki volunteers.
“We’re actually really lucky. We had quite a good response from the community.”
The store is popular, selling books, high-quality pre-loved clothes and a range of Nudeskin products that are cruelty-free and all natural.
Issi says they are particularly struggling at the moment because the sanctuary in Otaki is so full, and staff numbers are not enough.
“Everything goes to HUHA to run the sanctuary. Nobody in HUHA gets paid,” Issi says.
Issi says they take any animals, within reason, as long as they have the facilities to house them correctly.
“At the moment we have horses, dogs, cats, a cockatoo, rabbits and chickens.”
The first HUHA sanctuary was in Kaitoke, Upper Hutt, but because of their position, they would never be able to open the sanctuary up for the public, says Issi.
Otaki was chosen for the second sanctuary because it met the criteria, and the plan is to eventually open parts of the sanctuary for the public.