This article re-examines the legacy and impact of the late playwright, director, and teacher María Irene Fornés. In particular, I demonstrate the relevance of an animal studies frame through a close reading of three works, Mud, Fefu and Her Friends, and What of the Night. Highlighting animality in a Fornesian landscape reveals many of the shortcomings of previous frames that have been applied to her work. It also suggests the playwright's prescient warning about the totalizing effects of an identity politics lens as they are applied both to her work, and to Latinx drama more widely.