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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

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!