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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

65 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jacquie M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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! :)

Tasha P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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1 Meredith R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Dorothy L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1 Christina Del G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

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!

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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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my partner and I arrived in Chapel Hill for a two-year stay, our cat of 16 years had just died. We heard about the Goathouse Refuge from numerous people; in fact, anytime cats were mentioned, so was the Goathouse. We visited the GR on a Friday, went back on Saturday, and left on Sunday with two little fellows, both of them last-minute rescues from a nearby kill shelter. Every aspect of the GR is impressive, from the environment and volunteers to the adoption process and sense of community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When our cat died, i thought the world was over. I love cats so much that after I got over her, I couldn't live without them. We waited and waited because of my dad's allergies, but finally, i found this brochure on the Goathouse Refuge at Weaver Street Market. I thought it looked like and amazing pace to adopt from. And it is. When we first visited, i immediately fell in love with a family of 5; one mom, and 4 kittens. We ended up adopting 2 of the kittens, who are now called Butternut and Sawyer. They are, and have always been loving and outgoing. The Goathouse Refuge gave them the opportunity to grow up living with their mother, instead of on the streets. They have grown to be healthy, beautiful cats, and my family owes a lot of that to the refuge. Thank you so much to the Goathouse Refuge for providing this cat sanctuary for all the cats just like ours who really need a home.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This refuge for unwanted, sick, lost cats is a great place for the cats and persons looking to adopt. I have a cat from the refuge not the cat I would have picked but due to Ms Scarpa's great knowledge and love for the cats she picked the cat that was good for me and for the cat. Ms Scarpa and the volunteers are dedicated to the cats and the Refuge is well maintained, clean and the cats are so happy there you almost hate to take them away from their lovely place in the woods. I would highly recommend this refuge to adopt a cat and what a wonderful service they are performing for the community to care and make a home for so many cats that would otherwise be lost, diseased and mistreated.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son and I have adopted 2 cats from the GoatHouse Refuge and have also volunteered there. Both experiences have been great. Before we adopted our cats, a volunteer visited our house and talked to us about the adoption process and made sure that we had everything that we needed to make the adoption successful. We volunteered for several months 1 shift a week at the GoatHouse and saw the care and compassion with which Siglinda ( the founder),the the staff and the volunteers treat each cat. If there is a medical problem that can be treated, it is treated T.he unique personality of each cat is recognized and every attempt is made to help cats that have difficulty because of mistreatment or some other issue to overcome the problem so that the cat can be adopted. To visit the Goathouse is wonderful because you see all these different cats walking about, both inside and out; and ,you can get a much better sense of a cat's personality because he/she is not subjected to the stressful conditions of the regular shelters where the cats are kept in small cages for most of the time.

Angie H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I saw a information sheet about the Goathouse at my local vet's office and couldn't wait to check it out. It was wonderful to see all of the cats and kittens enjoying the healthy and loving environment. Later I took my husband for the experience. As we were leaving, one of the volunteers asked if we wanted to meet the kittens. The kitten house is like Romper Room with fur with kittens bouncing everywhere. We filled out adoption applications for two kittens that day and a third one month later. The adoption process is rather more involved than we expected, however, it is good to know that the staff care enough to ensure the adopted family members will be happy and healthy. Even if you aren't ready to adopt, please go and meet the cats and kittens. Spend some time just socializing and snuggling, your blood pressure will thank you for it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Goathouse Refuge is a very special place where the animals are truly loved and cared for. Siglinda has created a home for so many animals, especially cats, where they can live a good life until they are found new homes. She and the volunteers are devoted and I am grateful to them. We adopted 2 cats who are so loving and sweet, everyone who meets them comments on their friendly dispositions. I know this is largely from their upbringing where they got so much love and attention- even though there were so many animals that needed it.

Sheri L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I found the Goathouse on the internet after the loss of a beloved cat, Cougar. We were so impressed with the procedures, their love for all the animals and they gave us a new love, Bella. To know there are such amazing people who love all God's creatures gives me much joy. Thank you Goathouse!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I saw Goathouse Refuge on the Internet when I was looking for a cat to adopt. Pictures of their cats are on the website. When I adopted Jack ( a Cornish Rex mix) a year ago, they had around 165 cats. They are very particular about who adopts their cats. I had to get a recommendation from our vet and the vet had to visit our house to see if it would be a suitable home for the cat. After we were approved by GR, we drove from our home in Front Royal, VA to NC to pick up Jack -- a five hour drive. We were very impressed with the GR facility, which is located in a wooded area with no neighbors that we could see. The kittens were housed in a heated building. The older cats were in a fenced area, where they could go outside or inside. The top of the wire fence was done in a way to prevent the cats from climbing over. The cats all looked well cared for. GR is very clean and well run.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Goathouse Refuge is beautiful in every way! The grounds are, literally, beautiful -- its wild gardens up front and safely enclosed woods are a calming respite for all two- and four-footed guests. And its mission could not be more beautiful: it is a place where many cats will find forever homes. The volunteers are truly considerate of the animals' well-being, taking time to put the right kitty with the right owner for life. But what's more amazing is the care GR provides to the ones whom life has treated so harshly that it is unlikely they will ever be trusting enough (or again) to be our "pets"; these especially vulnerable animals may need the Refuge's permanent care -- and Siglinda and her volunteers give them lives of safety, kindness, and respect that I have never seen another shelter of this size come close to providing. Help if you can, and you will know you are part of this place's beauty! I live with two little parts of it now everyday: Alfred (formerly Chris Jr.) and Gracie. The Goathouse saved them; when I was in the midst of my own life's upheaval, I found them there and have no doubt that THEY rescued me. If you need magic, and you need love...it's here. Go see it -- just walk and watch the cats. Calm your mind with them, and you will give them peace too.

Diane55

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Goathouse is a very caring and loving shelter for any cat in need or harms way. The Refuge is very well run, clean and the cats are happy and healthy. The ones that come to us in bad shape usually recover to be happy, healthy and very adoptable. There are few places in society that allow animals( cats) no matter what age or physical state to live out their lives in a free and safe environment.

Em D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This Goathouse Refuge is the most awesome place. I actually hate it when I have to leave when I volunteer there. It's an absolutely gorgeous place, I was floored the very first time I went there. Those animals have the absolute best place to be while waiting for their forever home. Siglinda - she is top shelf people, it's a blessing to have met her. She is so kind, she has created a fantastic place on the map. Talented in her creations, this planet would do well to have more people like her. I've adopted a few Kitties, and foster a few more. I'm glad I get to be a part of the GoatHouse. -- Mike W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Goathouse Refuge is a wonderful place run by a truly devoted and selfless woman, Siglinda Scarpa. I adopted my solid black cat, Chief (formerly Marvin) earlier this year. Chief was rescued from a kill shelter! The employees and volunteers are wonderful and helped us look for a cat that would be happy in our home, and they have a screening process in place to make the best matches and ensure that the adopted cats go to happy homes. The Refuge is a clean, safe, loving place for all cats! If you need or want a cat, please contact them. If not, at least visit. You will be amazed, it is such a unique organization!!!

Cassia S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We first visited the Goathouse in 2009 when we went to adopt our cat Dexter. It was amazing how much every volunteer knew so much about the personalities and needs of each unique cat. When we went to adopt Dexter, they had noticed his pupils were enlarged more than usual, and they wanted to make sure his medical needs were met before we proceeded with the adoption. As it turns out, he had a genetic condition that left him mostly blind. We were so thankful that they cared so much about him before we could give him a permanent home. A year later, we decided to adopt another cat, and when we went to visit Siglinda and the volunteers remembered us and asked us about Dexter - it is just phenomenal that they care so much about each and every cat there. We were able to adopt Maybelline, and we now have a complete family! We cannot thank Goathouse enough for the love and care they give their animals and their visitors. It has been truly inspirational to know Siglinda and see the love she has to offer.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Goathouse Refuge is not only a lifesaving shelter for cats, it is also a community anchor. Siglinda has woven the Refuge into the fabric of our local community in such a pleasing way with events of all sorts. My mom got 2 cats at separate times from the Refuge, both lovely animals. The volunteers there get to know the cats and their histories so that they can skillfully match kitties to people, and that was very helpful. It is an enjoyable place to visit, and I would think a very rewarding place to volunteer, as all the volunteers I met were warm and loving human beings. I wouldn't look anywhere but the Refuge for my next cat!

Angela43

Client Served

Rating: 4

Goat House Refuge is a truly wonderful, caring, loving organization that has the best interests of every animal that crosses it's thresh hold. My daughter's school had a field trip there in the Spring and we have been visiting and volunteering ever since. We also adopted two cats from Goat House and we very happy with how well we were treated, how helpful Siglinda and her dedicated staff were when we had questions about our cats health, how to integrate them into the family, how to introduce them to our dogs, etc. If you are looking for a cat they will help you find the one that is right for you and your family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We got our cat Sonny at the Goathouse Refuge over a year ago. What impressed us the most about our first visit to the refuge was the cleaniness and how good the cats looked. There is an outdoor area and indoor care for cats/kittens who may have medical issues. The facility invites you to want to take one of these wonderful feline home. Our grandson went with us when we picked out our cat. He was seven and we walked the outdoor area. Cats are seen all over. When we returned to the main house Grandpa had Sonny in his arms and the cat was purring. Siglinda is one who truly knows how to love and care for cats.

Lynn39

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was looking for a new cat to replace my old cat of 18-1/2 years I went to the Goathouse Cat Refuge. I told Siglinda that we were looking for a cat for our dog. Siglinda is very intuitive and knows every cat at the refuge, and she pointed me to a cat that would be ideal for our family. We brought him home and he has been the most incredible cat. A year or so later we wanted another cat as a playmate for Mr. Darcy and my husband wanted a tiger cat. Siglinda pointed us to two cats and we picked one, and he has been the perfect playmate and is getting to be a family cat too. The cats at the Goathouse refuge are socialized with other cats - they already know how to share a bed and play together, and they are happy cats. The people working there really care about cats and it is just a wonderful place to go.

Chuner G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a 2-year-old kitty from Goathouse Refuge this year. Prior to adoption, we visited multiple times and enjoyed our time there seeing all the cats in such great care. The staff were tremendously helpful and responsible, and did their best in helping us find the right kitty to adopt. We love our cat now and still go back to visit once in a while. It's just a wonderful place to stop by, with all the cats happily lounging in the room or enjoying themselves at their huge outdoor space. Siglinda always welcomes us, and her kindness really shows. We really think Goathouse Refuge is one of the best animal shelters in the area.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my cat Nate from the Goathouse refuge last year. I really liked the place and how nicely the cats were treated there. Siglinda has kept in touch through out the year to check on Nate, and provided advises on Nate's allergy. I'm grateful for that the Goathouse rescued Nate from another shelter(I guess it's because he's a older cat with some skin problems and they didn't give him too many chances there), thus I had the chance to met him and take him home.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted my cat Maggie from the Goathouse refuge in May of this year. She is such a wonderful, loving soul --- a very special addition to my family. I'm truly impressed by the mission and dedication of the refuge --- it is an amazing organization.

alicecat

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted two cats from the Goathouse Refuge in 2011. What impresses me most about the Goathouse is the balance that the organization achieves between helping a huge number of animals in need while simultaneously considering the care and needs of each individual cat. The two cats--sisters-- we adopted had been at the refuge for nearly a year; they transitioned easily into our home and are affectionate, well-adjusted pets. This is testament to the level of care they received while living at the Goathouse, where every volunteer--and most of all, Siglinda--fiercely protects and respects the needs of the cats while working to place them in permanent homes.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted two wonderful cats from the Goathouse Refuge. I was thoroughly impressed with their dedication to the animal's well-being, and with their staff and volunteers. They are a serious group of people and advocate for their orphaned cats via an intensive, but fair vetting process, and a check in 6 months later.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was introduced to the Goathouse by a dear friend and it was love at first sight! Based on Siglinda Scarpa's amazing vision, the Goathouse provides a cage-free environment for cats and kittens waiting for adoption or a forever home to those who can't find a family. You really can't imagine the magic that happens at the Goathouse until you visit, which I encourage you to do. Even though I live in California, I have to focus my efforts on helping sustain the work put into this wonderful facility. As with her pottery, Siglinda's attention to detail and unique outlook on life combined with her passion for the well being of all animals really do make a difference in the lives of the animals and the people associated with them! Please visit our website and help us help the cats! George Covino

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first visit to the Goathouse was shortly after hurricane Katrina in 2005. I met Siglinda Scarpa in her studio with a dozen cats, some of which she had rescued from the hurricane. I fell in love with the setting and Siglinda’s passion for animals, picked up a scoop to help clean the litter boxes and have been a part of the Goathouse’s mission ever since. The studio is now the cat refuge with 2 acres of fenced kitty playground and houses 200 adoptable cage-free cats and kittens. It is, in fact, NC’s largest no-kill sanctuary and is truly a remarkable resource for the area.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Goathouse Refuge is an amazing facility, and the staff, with owner, Siglinda Scarpa are truly beautiful people that have such wonderful hearts and passion for each animal at the refuge. I was lucky enough that they were able to place 3 of my feline children when I moved out of state & was unable to take them with me. I am forever thankful, and will continue to donate and support the refuge as much and as often as I can. I encourage anyone reading this to do the same!!

Cheryl41

Client Served

Rating: 5

If i were a cat in need if rescue..i would hope Siglinda and the Refuge would be my interim home to my forever home. The cats here get medical attention,, food, love and lots of other cats to play with...Cats roam in the fenced in area in a wooded area where they can be free of predators and lounge or play with one another. The few cats in cages are there for comfort or medical care and usually the door is left open for them to come out once they feel ready.i have never seen so many cats in one area that get along as well as these in this refuge. You can sure sense the love and caring atmosphere. Definitely worthy of a Gold Star Award

Joan17

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first experience was when I was transporting rescue cats from a very high kill shelter to Goathouse Refuge. I was amazed at the level of care the rescue cats receive here. All the cats I saw were happy, healthy and content. The love they are shown by all the staff and volunteers makes Goathouse one of the best places a rescue cat can go until they are adopted. Siglinda and her staff love each and every one of them equally. They work tirelessly to make sure the facility is maintained and safe for the cats.

Dee_7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The cats here can be outdoors, indoors, or just plain couch potatoes! They can sleep on the bed, or any of the hundreds of other shelves and beds in the building or out in the compound. I've never seen a place where the cats had such free range (even my own cats : )

Debbie30

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a cat lover and have quite a few of my own. I visited the Goathouse just so I could provide some love and attention to the cats there. Was I ever impressed! I felt like the Pied Piper walking around with loving cats following me and wanting attention. Everywhere I looked there were cats, all healthy, happy, and well cared for. Only those needing special care were confined. And each cat had its own story which the founder knew by heart. The Goathouse now has a special place in my heart. It's an impressive place that deserves the support of all animal lovers.

Summer F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The first time I visited the Goathouse I was amazed. All those kitties walking around all over the place, happy and healthy. A far cry from any other animal shelter I have been to, where the animals were all caged and just pitiful to look at. The cats at the Goathouse get the best of care, no matter how young, old, sick, healthy, pretty, or whatever. This is a great non-profit & I am proud to be a part of it. I even adopted a few kitties from the Goathouse.

John S.

Donor

Rating: 5

Goathouse Refuge is a cage-free sanctuary that's doing great work for homeless animals. Please consider helping their program through volunteering, donations of supplies or funds, or by adopting one of their healthy and loving cats.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I started visiting Goathouse recently, and have been very impressed with their dedication to the many rescued cats they have taken in. Many were taken from kill-shelters when there time was up, and given a second chance in a loving environment. Goathouse Refuge cares for the physical and emotional needs of these animals, and makes the most of the resources they are given.

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