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Goathouse Refuge Inc

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The purpose of this charitable organization is to provide care in the form of shelter, food, medical care and a home for cats that are in need. It is an additional “chance” for both disposed cats and cats scheduled for euthanasia by public shelters. The ultimate goal is to find a home for the cats and to place them with people (adoptive families). We will accept any cat whether it is adoptable or inadaptable and believe strongly with the “no kill” philosophy - which means that some cats will be a long term project. New families for the cats are carefully screened and have to go through a qualification process. We strongly believe and have set this shelter up as an environment where cats have the ability to roam and play and be outdoors. This promotes interaction with other cats, nature, and exercise and allows the cat to be healthier and happier.

Programs: To serve cats in need of a home, give them food medical care and shelter and then adopt them out to good owners

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Community Stories

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Michelle210

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first visited The Goathouse Refuge in early January, 2014; since that initial visit, this is the place where my children and I go when we have a free afternoon, EVERY time we have a free afternoon. The cats and kittens are extremely well cared for and very social. Each and every one has a name and knows it is loved. I cannot imagine an organization with a better mission.

Linda235

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Today was my second experience as a volunteer. People say, you have cats. Why do you drive an hour and a half one way to clean cages? These sweet babies deserve all the help they can get. Now I recognize Chloe (beautiful petite Siamese I would home if possible), Orion, Patches, Mamacita (awesome soft rosy buff colored), Midnight (loving even though previously mistreated), Casper, Princess, Simon, Paul (who sat in my lap a good half hour today) and more that I recognize and still need to learn their names. I day dreamed of winning the lotto and helping thee sweet babies more. Look forward to more time with them soon.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently spent a morning volunteering at the Goathouse Refuge. What a wonderful rescue facility. Most of the cats enjoy the freedom of a safe indoor/outdoor enclosure, and are able to utilize multi cat doors to access either. There are cats of all descriptions looking for their forever home, but spending their waiting time in a spacious loving environment. It saddens me so much, that we live in a society that produces so many unwanted animals, but I am so happy that so many have this refuge to call home, until they are hopefully adopted.

Donor

Rating: 5

Not only does Goathouse Refuge provide a great place to meet adoptable cats, it also provides a safe, loving home for "unadoptable" cats. It is amazing the see the main colony live so harmoniously and happily together. The grounds are beautiful as are the people who have dedicated their lives to rescuing cats.

Diane86

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The environment for the cats at the Goathouse is perfect for the cats. They have a lot of room to explore, sleep and have visitors. They maintain a high level of sanitation, even having you clean your shoes before entering so that the cats areas stay sanitary. Any cats with illnesses and new cats that need acclimating to the surroundings have cages that are large enough for them to have exercise. The fence is called a pur-fect fence so the cats can't get out and other animals can't get in to harm the cats. They have volunteers and staff to make sure the cats have interaction! In my opinion they have an ideal setup. I love to just go visit the cats because I have more than enough cats myself and admire what the Goathouse is doing. They also reach out to other rescues and help them by posting their needs on the Goathouse FB page. They are really doing this for the cats and not for any other reason!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Goathouse Refuge is amazing! They have excellent volunteers and it is such a pleasure to visit. So many sweet kitties call this place home and are so well cared for here.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Goathouse does everything they can for homeless, unwanted and forgotten felines. They have a beautiful sanctuary and take wonderful care of all the kitties.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at the Goathouse since 2009 and I am always amazed at the level of caring and compassion that this organization has for cats that no one else cares about. I've seen sick cats dumped at the gate, litters of kittens left in ditches, perfectly adoptable cats dumped at the county shelter, and senior cats left at the door because someone has become 'allergic' after having the cat for ten years.

The Goathouse Refuge takes them all in, treats their illnesses, feeds them the best food, and works so very hard to get them back into a home with a family. There are cats there that will likely never be adopted due to medical conditions but I can rest at night knowing they don't have to die a torturous death in a carbon monoxide gas chamber in a NC county shelter!

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted out cat Storm over a year ago and he has brought such joy to our life. When he was rescued and brought to the Goathouse after being abandoned, his back paw was very infected due to a some kind of bite. It shows the dedication of the Goathouse staff that they spent hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars and hours of time at the vet getting this boy healthy. And we are so happy they did that. He would not have lasted an hour at a county shelter. He's a black cat and has a weird walk but he's so special to us. Thank you Goathouse for truly caring about cats and saving Storm until we were able to find him.

Client Served

Rating: 4

My family recently adopted our first cat. After visiting a couple other shelters and spending a lot of time looking at places on line, we fell in love with the Goathouse right away! The volunteers that we met and the founder were so encouraging and helpful. We shared with them our hopes for our new cat and because they get to know the cats in their care so well, were able to steer us in the right direction. We love, love, love our kitty! It's obvious how passionate the Goathouse staff are about what they do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a recent transplant to North Carolina and upon moving here had been told about an article in the New York Times describing the Goathouse. I was overwhelmed by my first visit to the place. Cats were everywhere in a cozy setting. There were toys, cat beds, blankets, furniture, litter boxes and beams going across the room where cats could be found. Cats of all sizes were everywhere and so friendly. Immediately I was surrounded by purring cats. Volunteers were cleaning cages and there was no smell. There were rooms with kittens and perches. Cats were going in and out to a large yard filled with cat houses, benches and tarps where cats were lounging. Some kitties were basking in the sun and others were chasing and climbing trees. Sporadically a cat would smack another cat and maybe a quick growl and then they were off and running. Overall all of the cats were so content. If I was to imagine an absolutely perfect place for cats this would be the place. Siglinda (the owner) entered the room and it was magic. She called out to the kitties by names speaking to some in Italian. She is a true animal Saint. Forget therapy; just spending reflective time visiting the cats and having my lap filled with at least one cat had me leaving with a good feeling. I have made many more visits back to the Goathouse with friends and my daughters. I have done some volunteering but hope I will do more in the future. I moved to North Carolina with one elderly cat and wanted to adopt another one and assumed it would be from the Goathouse. I get updates and information on my facebook about the Goathouse and they also support other animal rescues. It breaks my heart to read about so many animals just being tossed around in kill shelters. One of the shelters placed a call out through the Goathouse about a very sweet year old, declawed, microchipped, neutered cat that had a short time left. My older cat (inherited from my best friend when she died) was also declawed and I immediately wanted this rescue. When I talked to Siglinda I was feeling bad because I wanted a cat from her rescue but she reminded me that those cats at the Refuge were already safe and had a home. So now I am controlled by two wonderful cats at home. I am on a limited budget but this is a place I feel honored to donate funds.


Board Member

Rating: 5

The Goathouse is an amazing place. Our two cats, Binx and Avery lived there before they came to live with us and I sometimes think they miss all their buddies! The beautiful gardens, the water fountians, and all the purring cats create a magical meditative place. Betweeen 10-20 cats find forever homes each month - but more cats seem to need refuge... the mission of the Goathouse is to provide cage free, compassionate care for cats regardless of their age, medical needs, or disposition... and help to meet this mission is always welcome! Over 1000 cats have been saved by this wonderful organization - and Binx and Avery are living proof of its success!

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have two wonderful cats from the Goathouse, Binx and Avery. They both invite you to visit the Goathouse and ask that you find a forever home for some of their friends. Go to to see the kittiens and learn more about this amazing group. Past visits to animal control shelters always left me feeling sad and inadequate. Sad knowing that most of the animals I had just met would be killed because no home could be found for them and inadequate because it seemed that there was little I could do to prevent this. My visit to the Goathouse animal refuge was different. The refuge is just that, a place giving shelter from danger.
Siglinda Scarpa, with the help of many others, has created a safe haven. The refuge is a peaceful place with beautiful woods, natural gardens, fountains, happy cats, goats, dogs, chickens, and more cats!

SarahSabrina

Client Served

Rating: 1

The cats I adopted from the Goathouse Refuge had ringworm, giardia, ear mites, herpes, diarrhea, and an assortment of parasites. They are not a responsible rescue group, and the cats in their care are sick, neglected. I'm not sure what they do with all the money they raise, but it's not going to the health care of their cats.

Visit Indy Week (Durham NC) to read an article called Too Many Cats: The Truth about the Goathouse Refuge.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had cats most of my life. We were looking for another cat to join our family. We were turned down by another animal rescue because I was honest and said I would allow my cats to go outside on our 10 acre lot. We were referred to the Goat House Refuge. The volunteers were very nice and let us play with the cats and kittens. The owner talked with us and was insightful in helping us pick out just the right cat. My girls love it there so much they ask me all the time when they can go back and play with the kitties.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughters and I went to the Goathouse refuge to volunteer. I have never seen anything like it. It is an enchanting place for people and a wonderful place for animals. The cats have a huge outdoor enclosure that allows them to truly be cats. Every cat is treated with love and respect and. The volunteers know the animals and their individual personalities. We went intending to volunteer, but ended up adopting the most extraordinary kitty I have ever had. Young or old, sick or healthy, the Goathouse provides every cat and kitten a safe and loving environment. It is truly a magical place.

Sheri8

Client Served

Rating: 5

We searched for weeks to adopt a cat. Every place we went to all the cats seemed scared and caged up. After searching online we found the Goathouse located about an hour from our home but decided to visit after I called after hours and Siglinda the owner answered and answered all my questions. When we go there it was the most amazing place ever and the cats were so happy, healthy and well taken care of. They are provided with a safe and loving environment with staff that truly love the animals. We found 2 cats that we instantly fell in love with. The entire adoption process with thorough and helpful. We were back to get the younger cat shots and my girls loved playing with an petting all the happy kitties.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Goathouse Refuge is truly one of a kind with extremely friendly, caring, and helpful staff, clean facilities, and happy residents. I have never seen so many cats coexisting happily in one place. The cats we adopted quickly adapted because they were so used to being treated with care at Goathouse.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted two precious cats from Goathouse in the last four years. The refuge is a true paradise for abandoned, mistreated, sick and homeless cats and kittens. They are given loving care and, if they are healthy and old enough, freedom to roam three fenced wooded acres. We have taken friends from out of town just to tour the place and they leave amazed that such a place exists. Siglinda Scarpa and her volunteer staff should be recognized for the outstanding work they do for these precious, deserving creatures and those who love them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had never before adopted a cat from a shelter &, following the loss of two of my all-time favorite & Best Cats last year, I was even more determined to Keep My Distance. But, on my second trip to Goathouse I was won over by enthusiasm of the staff & the general atmosphere of the place. I left with Angelica ( Jellicat ) who has proven to be a wonderful addition to the household. Siglinda is a marvel & i am sure that she knows the names of every cat in the refuge & all those ambling around the grounds. The place is a treat just to visit. But be warned you'll probably leave with a cat.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have voluntered 3 times and adopted from the Goathouse Refuge. The refuge provides a cageless shelter with access to the outdoors, high quality food, clean surroundings and lots of love! The animals are indeed lucky to call the Goathouse home.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love visiting the Goathouse Refuge, a local landmark and treasure. Located in rural North Carolina on several acres, the no-kill refuge is also a "last resort" cattery which accepts ill, elderly, and unadoptable cats, giving them love and shelter. Visitors are surrounded by purring cats of all ages, whose health and friendliness testify to the care they receive from volunteers and vets. In good weather, we can join the cats in their large wooded fenced-in area dotted with individual shelters in which to run, play, and, for those who prefer, live. The large, clean indoor area has beds and cushions and hammocks in cages. Siglinda Scarpa knows her cats intimately and makes potential adopters prove themselves, including a home visit. When I lost my 20-yr-old, I went to the refuge looking for a small adult black male and came home with 3-yr-old Blue but somehow large, grey, 12-yr-old Indy came along and the odd couple's antics keep me laughing (and warm). Siglinda is very persuasive. My friends and I visit the refuge just for the fun of it.