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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 : )
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.
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