Little Woman Home
for Animals

A 501(c)(3) No-Kill Haven and
Nature Preserve in Huntsville, Texas

"Let's Save The Animals"
Music and Lyrics by Russell DaShiell
©2020 Aerial View Music BMI
All Rights Reserved

About LWHA

I have nothing to fear and here my story ends. My troubles are all over and I am at home. 
~ Anna Sewell ~

Set in the beautiful piney woods and rolling hills of East Texas, Little Woman Home for Animals is a non-profit organization committed to providing lifetime care to abandoned, unwanted animals while actively seeking homes for their placement. Each day, we meet the needs of those in our care, providing shelter and nourishment for the healthy, and on-site medical care for the ill or aged. We have never practiced euthanasia.

In addition to a commitment to the animals in direct care at our haven here in Huntsville, we support public education and outreach regarding the critical need for lessening animal adoptions through spay/neuter regimens for cats and dogs. We support the value of Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) programs for feral animals who are not candidates for adoption but can be safely returned to their familiar environment and yet not reproduce. We currently are involved in determining the usefulness of orally delivered birth control for feral cats by way of regular feedings.

Now in our 20th year of service, we are grateful for so many others who help us brighten the lives of these pets through their support. We invite you to join us in our efforts to bring hope to the adoptable animals here, support for those beyond our gate who will not be cared for, a tranquil place to thrive for those who remain with us until the end of their life...and an honored resting place when they cross the Rainbow Bridge.

Watch this video to learn more about the Little Woman Home for Animals story.
About LWHA

Our Team

Carlos Arreola

Founder (12/27/1941 ~ 11/19/2019)

The late Dr. Carlos Arreola established the sanctuary in 1999 as a home for burros targeted for eradication from their Grand Canyon home. Soon after the sanctuary opened its doors, an expanded mission of helping animals in distressed situations was undertaken.

Wayne D Holt

Director; Website and Publications

After many years as a municipal publications manager, Wayne retired in 2016 and works with LWHA long-distance from Galveston, Texas. He has been a board member for 10 years and helped LWHA through website work, LWHA calendar design, financial and administrative assistance. In his new role as director of LWHA succeeding Dr. Arreola, his commitment is to follow the path that Carlos first set out on. He also leads LWHA's investigation of birth control methods to slow feral cat population growth.

Martha Snodgrass Hutchinson

Sponsor Outreach & Board Member

Reaching out to sponsors and supporters has become more important than ever in making the public aware of the mission of service organizations, as well as fostering a sense of shared concern. Martha has taken to that role with energy and dedication for LWHA's mission.

Sharon Oakes

Animal Guest Care & Board Member

As a long-time volunteer and LWHA board member, Sharon's love of animals translates into helping maintain a separate housing environment for our animals guests who need special care, from cleaning the building to feeding our guests.

Mike Tichi

Facilities & Construction, Animal Guest Care

As LWHA expanded, its accommodations for the animal guests had to keep up. LWHA needed someone with the know-how to help Carlos get the physical site of LWHA organized, and in 2003 Mike arrived, becoming an integral part of LWHA's success.

Diane Holmes

Animal Guest Care

It takes a very special person to give dozens of cats (and a few of their canine friends) the attention they want one minute, then roll up your sleeves and clean up after them all the next. Diane handles both these essential duties with patience, enthusiasm and lots of love.

Tina Brown and Christine Godwin

Members, LWHA Board of Directors

Our thanks to Tina Brown and Christine Godwin for their assistance in their capacity as members of our Board of Directors.


If you're looking for a well cared for adoptable pet, we've got some of the most adorable ones you can imagine. Since our special purpose at LWHA is the care of older animals, we have more mature pets than young ones. But you'll find these 'grown-ups' ready to brighten your life in the way only a loving pet can. They're past their 'high energy phase', are calmer and more manageable and ready to settle down in their new life with you.

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Many pets lose their homes when their owners die or become disabled. Family and friends are not always able to take on the responsibility, and the pet is left to an uncertain fate. By enrolling and contributing to the Continuing Care Program, owners are secure in the knowledge that when they are no longer able to care for their pet, the pet will receive the love, care and attention it has always enjoyed.

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Protect the animals you love. Create a lasting partnership with Little Woman Home for Animals. Your planned gift makes it possible. You can make your bequest for a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate or specific assets from your estate. Bequests, like other gifts, can be designated for many purposes or given without restriction.

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By sponsoring one of our LWHA guests, you'll make possible our life-saving mission for a deserving animal.

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Monetary Donation

Would you like to make a one-time or recurring donation? Just click our donation page and use your favorite credit card or PayPal.

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Donate Items

LWHA has an ongoing need for many items that our animal friends require to stay clean, healthy and well cared for.

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Other Help



If you're looking for a well cared for adoptable pet, we've got some of the most adorable ones you can imagine.

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Affinity Programs

Amazon Smile and Kroger Community Rewards are great ways to help LWHA year 'round doing the things you already do.

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Kuranda Pet Beds

You can make a world of difference in one of our animal guest's life by donating a Kuranda bed to LWHA.

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LWHA does not currently have available volunteer opportunities other than for SHSU pre-veterinary student assistance.

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Donate A Vehicle

Donate most cars, trucks, boats and other vehicles and help Little Woman Home for Animals do more good for more animals.

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Let's Save The Animals

Russell DaShiell has graciously allowed Little Woman Home for Animals to use his composition, "Let's Save The Animals" to honor Dr. Carlos Arreola and his lifelong pursuit of that goal. Russell has played with some of the most well-known rock and popular players of the last 50 years and was the lead guitarist on the world-wide best seller "Spirit in the Sky" by Norman Greenbaum. He has played alongside such legends as the Rolling Stones, the Doors, Chicago, the Moody Blues and many others. Russell is passionate about preserving the wonderful variety of animal life in our world for future generations, and his Foreverland music/video project is an extension of that passion. We thank Russell for his permission and for his dedication to animals everywhere.

Music and Lyrics by Russell DaShiell
©2020 Aerial View Music BMI 

All Rights Reserved

A lion can be lazy, lyin’ in the sun all day
The tiger has stripes the leopard has spots
The tortoise is slow the cheetah’s not
And if they ever disappear we’ve got a lot to lose

Let’s save the animals - every one
We love the animals - they’re so much fun
Let’s save the animals - before the day is done
We love the animals - every one

An elephant never forgets so the books all say
Gorilla likes his banana peeled
Giraffes stand tall hyenas might steal
And if they ever disappear we’ll have a real bad day

Let’s save the animals - every one
We love the animals - they’re so much fun
Let’s save the animals - before the day is done
We love the animals - every one

The lions and the tigers won't mind
The lions and the tigers won't mind
Let’s save the animals

We Lead A Wild Life Here


  •  PLEASE NOTE: Due to the large number of requests to our privately funded shelter, we are currently well over capacity for care of both dogs and cats. As such, LWHA CANNOT CONSIDER ADDITIONAL REQUESTS FOR ASSISTANCE AT THIS TIME FOR ANY ANIMALS, INCLUDING ADOPTABLE HEALTHY ADULT ANIMALS AND PUPPIES OR KITTENS. We regret we are not able to assist within our limited resources but encourage you to make persistent personal efforts in every case to re-home your animal as that is the most effective way to assure their care You may also wish to review a list of other no-kill facilities and services at