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Our Featured Huntsville, TX Partner:

Little Woman Home for Animals

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

Pets at Our Shelter:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

Huntsville, Bryan, Crockett, Lufkin, Conroe, Spring communities and Walker, Montgomery, Grimes, Trinity, Houston, Polk and San Jacinto counties

About Our Shelter:

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 guests have their care and comfort needs met in this no-kill, non-profit sanctuary. The facility has temperature-controlled housing, clinic, a peaceful cemetery and is set in an area of natural beauty surrounded by Little Woman Pond, enchanting woods and footpaths through the leaf-covered grounds. An art gallery and gift shop featuring animal-themed items allows visitors a chance to take a bit of the atmosphere home with them while helping our work here.

Dr. Arreola, founder of Little Woman Home for Animals, remains chief caregiver and hero to his animal guests, assisted by a small but dedicated group of capable volunteers helping carry on the mission. He is a retired Veterans Administration Counselor and Vietnam Combat-Wounded Veteran. After Vietnam, his focus shifted to rescuing animals and wildlife. The name "Little Woman" came from a precious Chihuahua rescued over 35 years ago from an abusive situation, the first of so many animals cared for over the years. And the rest, as they say, is history.

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Come Meet our Pets:

Little Woman Home for Animals is located about an hour north of downtown Houston, just off I-45 N and a few minutes south of Huntsville, home of Sam Houston State University. A stone's throw away from the popular Huntsville State Park recreation area, it's located on an unspoiled 14-acre site that accommodates the LWHA residents, both human and animal.

If you would like to visit us, and particularly if you have an interest in volunteering, please contact us ahead of time using our Contact page at so that we may arrange for your visit. Days here are very busy caring for the animals and while we would love to show off our grounds and residents, due to the demanding schedule we regret that we are unable to accommodate visits that have not been arranged in advance.

Our Adoption Process:

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.

Please be aware that Little Woman Home for Animals puts their animal friends first. Our adoption policy is intended to assure us any adopted animals will be going only to a loving home for life. We are serious about this commitment and expect the same from those who adopt. We know how well cared for our guests are here and insist that those who adopt maintain that same level of care.

If you'd like to submit an application to adopt one of our guests, you may fill in our on-line PDF form at, print it out, sign and mail it to the address indicated.

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.