Meet the Animals

Meet the Animals

Each time we get to rehome animals used or bred for science it is a heartwarming victory! For us it is a small step in the right direction and for them it's everything. It's their whole life that has not only been saved but has been improved ten-fold — the animals we rehome with HUHA go to loving homes with humans who agree to treat them as they deserve!

Meet some of the animals who have been rehomed below. 


Flower, Thumper and Bambi the Mice. 

Flower, Thumper and Bambi are three of the fifty mice who were used for teaching purposes at Massey University. This was the first  group of animals who were handed over to NZAVS and HUHA since MPI announced their support for the rehoming of ex-research, testing and teaching animals! Read more about their story here.




Lewi the Rat

Lewi was rescued from a research facility in NZ. He was lucky enough to be saved and live a life full of eating snacks, socialising with his new sisters,  cuddling with his human, and napping in his very own hammock. Read more about Lewi here





Billy the Beagle

Billy was rescued from the Valley Animal Research Centre in 2011. Billy was used to breed from; his puppies were used for research. He now lives with his human parents Jenny and Nigel and lives a life of luxury! Watch the short clip about Billy and his new parents here.





Willow the Rat

Willow was rescued from a university in NZ as a baby. She was initially very scared and couldn't be handled. Now her human mum Monique can hold and cuddle willow with no problems. Her favourite foods are peas and watermelon. Sadly Willow is blind (which Monique thinks is due to the type of testing she had to endure) but she has a wonderful life and has a guide rat (a young rat who helps show her around her house and find the water and food bowl etc.). You can see video footage of Monique and Willow together here



Archie and Monty the Rats

Archie and Monty were two of a small group of rats rescued from a vivisection facility in New Zealand. We (NZAVS) adopted these two beautiful rats, and they lived at our National Office in Christchurch. They spent their days getting lots of TLC from our volunteers, eating their favourite food and inspiring everyone they met! Read more about Archie and Monty here.





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