The Goathouse is a magical place. Yes, it has goats. They're not up for adoption, but you can talk to them and they will probably answer. But the wonderland of cats! Acres of Carolina woodland have been safely cordoned off and cultivated for felines. Infirmaries, feral shelters and other cottages accompany the main house where the cats can wander in and out at will.
You don't have to be a prospective adopter. You can visit the Goathouse any weekend day for three hours of cat cuddles. The experience will soothe your soul. Moreover, you will be socializing cats who seek furever homes, and they will become more engaging towards humans. So you are helping to build families and increase the world's endorphins just by visiting!
Volunteers are also always welcome. My experience with the Goathouse includes cat mama (I have two Goathouse brothers and they are adorable); volunteer; cuddler; sustaining contributer, and now board member. Is this a conflict of interests? Nope. I'm interested in loving cats and in their rescue and well-being.... and all of what I do contributes to a single result.
Won't you join me? It's great for your health! :)
I have been volunteering at the Goathouse for ten years. The refuge has had so many struggles, primarily financial, but keeps pulling through because people recognize what an extraordinary and vital place it is. It deserves to be known far better than it is and needs all of our support. A free range cat rescue with over 300 cats in its care is a place worth having in NC, where we have a serious overpopulation of both cats and dogs and where shelters regularly euthanize over 50% of their animals. Please support this rescue dedicated to letting cats live their best lives!
I began volunteering at the Goathouse in 2009. Even though I do not live in Pittsboro, and it is an hour's drive for me, I fell in love with the refuge from my first visit, and wanted to be a part of such a beautiful place. The Goathouse is cage-free--that does not mean that cats are not sometimes crated, but only temporarily for medical treatment or when they first arrive. They have 3 acres of securely fenced-in land to roam, a good diet w/supplements, daily medical care, and a clean and comfortable shelter building. There is a full-time staff, and a group of dedicated volunteers to ensure the well-being of the cats. The founder of the Goathouse, Siglinda Scarpa, is extremely attentive to the needs of the cats, and has a wealth of knowledge about cat health. Although the goal is to find loving homes for all of the cats, there are some that are not socialized enough, or are too old, or have medical issues, that may prevent them from being adopted. These cats will always have a safe and comfortable home at the Goathouse.
Review from Guidestar
Adopting our two cats from The Goathouse Refuge in 2015 was honestly the best decision our family has ever made! We have since become involved in volunteering with the refuge, and the ability to make a difference in the lives of so many Goathouse cats has been a deeply rewarding experience. By nature, every animal rescue faces its fare share of challenges, and the Goathouse is no exception. But the dedicated team of volunteers and staff persons work tirelessly to ensure each and every Goathouse cat receives unparalleled love and care. The owner and founder, Siglinda Scarpa, has a truly magical way with animals- especially cats- and has devoted her life to providing a refuge to cats from all walks of ife, including and especially those who might otherwise be forced to live on the margins. Operating under the guiding philosophy that every cat has a right to a life free from both danger and indifference, The Goathouse Refuge, aims to serve two important roles: a stopover for cats on their way to permanent homes, and a permanent shelter for cats that just need a place they can call their own. It is a most unique place that one absolutely must visit in order to fully undersatnd and appreciate all they do!
If I was a cat, I would want to live here. As a matter of fact, the cats seemed so happy that my wife and I went to Cat Tales Cafe to find a needier cat. We found Tilly at the Cafe and adopted her. Cat Tales Cafe gets in cats from the Goathouse.
We just went through the adoption process and are very excited to have two Goathouse guests join our family. The staff and volunteers were very helpful and patient with us throughout the process - best of all our new feline friends have been well cared for.
I had been thinking about adopting a cat as my new family member for long time. The other day the goathouse just came into my eye. I found a really adorable cat's picture and decided i would bring her home. I was so amazing and sad there were too many homeless cats . They all are cute and been taken good care of. Volunteers are nice and helpful. If anyone want to adopt cats. You should go goathouse.
The Goathouse Refuge is a magical place that is dedicated to providing cage-free care for cats regardless of age, medical issues or disposition until a permanent loving adoptive home can be found, if no home of their own can be found, the refuge will take care of them. The cats do not live in cages, they have an acre and a half that is fenced in so they can move about and there are buildings that they can go in if they prefer. I love to go and sit outside with the kitties and wait for them to come and sit in my lap or rub against my legs for pets. I go often so I have my favorites that I seek out for pets or just a hello and it's so wonderful when you find out they have been adopted. I love volunteering there and hope every cat lover can visit and find out how lovely it is!
The Goathouse Refuge is truly an amazing place and a small piece of kitty heaven for the special needs or semi-feral cats who will live their forever. It is a no-kill cat sanctuary where the cats are free to come and go from their own building to an outdoor cat-fenced area where they can lounge in the sun, rest in the shade, and run and play with their cat friends. Visitors can sit in the garden and many cats will come jump in any available lap so they can get brushed or petted. It's a great way to de-stress for an hour and get your kitty fix! Cats are taken in no matter of age, needs, or disposition and given a second chance to be happy and live the life they deserve. The volunteers do their best to help match up cats personalities with qualities people are looking for and as a result hundreds of cats have found their forever homes with wonderful adopters. The refuge also provides well socialized and very sweet kitties to the Cat Tails Cat Cafe, which has had an amazing adoption rate since opening February 2019. If you are a cat lover, I highly recommend visiting the Goathouse Refuge. You may not want to leave!
I've fostered kittens with The Goathouse Refuge twice and I've never seen such dedicated staff and volunteers. They truly love their cats and want to provide the best lives possible for every cat at the refuge.
The Goathouse Refuge is a special place, some would even say magical, that helped over 180 cats find a loving home in 2018. With the new partnership with Cat Tales Cat Café in Chapel Hill that began in February, 2019 will likely see even more adoptions. Many of these cats would have faced euthanasia, like my cat Yuri (picture attached) who was saved by The Goathouse Refuge right before his time was about to expire at a County shelter. I am sure the joy Yuri has brought to our household is similarly experienced by the many Goathouse Refuge adopters, and this is why I volunteer there. You should plan to visit even if you don’t plan to adopt!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.