Dr. Carlos Arreola

Dr. Carlos Arreloa, founder and director of Little Woman Home for Animals, passed November 19, 2019, after a year-long battle with cancer. We ask for your thoughts and remembrances of Carlos and your continued support for LWHA as we work to continue the mission as he envisioned it.

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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 19th 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 and Director

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.

Mike Tichi

Facilities & Construction

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wayne D Holt

Website, Publications & Board Member

After many years as a municipal publications manager, Wayne retired in 2016 and continues to volunteer long-distance, supporting LWHA through website work, LWHA calendar design and administrative assistance. He also leads LWHA's interest in the trial of birth control methods to slow feral cat population growth.


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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If you're going to be in the vicinity of Huntsville, Texas, you might find a visit to Little Woman Home for Animals to be an enjoyable and enlightening side trip. There is nothing like a visit to LWHA to get a true sense of the care invested in those we shelter here at LWHA. Sponsors and supporters are particularly encouraged to come see the positive things their support is helping to provide.

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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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