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.
Animal Guest Care (2007-2022)
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 handled both these essential duties with patience, enthusiasm and lots of love.
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.
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.
Barry is our newest Board member, bringing expertise in both animal care as well as business experience to LWHA. He and his wife, Dr. Beth Williams (pictured here), own the official veterinary clinic for LWHA, the 11th St. Veterinary Hospital in Huntsville.
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.
Cat Studio Manager, Animal Guest Care
A few rare folks have a certain magic with animals, and Shelia happens to be one of those people. Her warmth and compassion for all animals has given her the ability to calm and comfort some of the most anxious animal guests LWHA has cared for. She is especially fond of, and bonds with, cats of all types. As manager of our Cat Studio, she is responsible for keeping our felines healthy and happy. Anyone who knows cats know that is a tall order, but Shelia manages to do it with ease.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
By sponsoring one of our LWHA guests, you'll make possible our life-saving mission for a deserving animal.Learn More
Would you like to make a one-time or recurring donation? Just click our donation page and use your favorite credit card or PayPal.Learn More
LWHA has an ongoing need for many items that our animal friends require to stay clean, healthy and well cared for.Learn More
If you're looking for a well cared for adoptable pet, we've got some of the most adorable ones you can imagine.Learn More
Amazon Smile and Kroger Community Rewards are great ways to help LWHA year 'round doing the things you already do.Learn More
You can make a world of difference in one of our animal guest's life by donating a Kuranda bed to LWHA.Learn More
LWHA does not currently have available volunteer opportunities other than for SHSU pre-veterinary student assistance.Learn More
Donate most cars, trucks, boats and other vehicles and help Little Woman Home for Animals do more good for more animals.Learn More
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