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The Goathouse Refuge has many incredible cats in need of loving homes.


A strong, reliable volunteer force plays a crucial role in our rescue organization.


Tax deductible donations and gifts of goods to help run the refuge are always welcome.

Goathouse News

Help Us Reach Our $50k Goal

There are a few magical places left in this world. The Goathouse Refuge is one of them – a unique, no-kill sanctuary that takes in cats and kittens (and the occasional dog or goat)when there is no other place or hope left. If there was not a Goathouse Refuge, these animals would be killed, or suffer because their medical needs could not be met, or wander the streets, abandoned or injured. This has been a tough year for the Refuge and we are appealing to you to make a donation today. We aim to raise $50,000 to cover our operating costs for the remainder of the year.

Even with over 250 adoptions this year so far, we are stretched to our upper capacity on kitty guests, and they are eating us out of house and home. Cats arrive needing medical care – from initial testing to vaccinations and spay/neuters and often much more – and this can run up hundreds of dollars in vet bills very quickly for each cat. The storms andflooding this year have not helped either – we’ve had lots of repairs and clean up to take care of. And winter is close, and we need to add more gas heaters and get ahead of mounting vet and food bills. We are in a deficit situation and seriously need your help.

We do our best to fundraise, and we watch our dollars, but most of our funds are donated (adoption fees don’t come close to covering our costs), and there simply is not enough right now. We are ten years old and have never been in such dire circumstances before. It costs approximately $300,000 a year to run the refuge (or $25,000 per month). We are asking for $50,000 to cover the next few months of operations. Your dollars will help us pay for the bare necessities as we adopt out more cats and kittens, get ahead of vet bills, repair our storm-damaged physical plant, and can get back to a more sustainable level.

Please donate and share our campaign widely to help us raise the funds we need to keep the Refuge running.

UPDATE: Saying Goodbye to Wally

We’re deeply saddened to let you know that we lost sweet little Wally yesterday. He’d improved greatly, and was happy and seemed much better for two very good weeks. But, sadly, he started to go downhill quickly last weekend, and died on Wednesday. Wally was deeply loved by his foster family – to him his ‘forever family’ – and they, and all of us at the Goathouse, are heartbroken.

With your help, Wally was seen at the NC State Veterinary School, and was diagnosed with severe meningitis, likely brought on by the dreaded cat virus, FIP, for which there is no cure. Despite this diagnosis, he had many good days, and lots and lots of love from his family. With help from donors, we’ve paid just shy of $2000 of Wally’s $3400 bill. If you can help us pay the rest, we’d be grateful. We know that this is a lot of money to spend on a kitten – but at the Goathouse, all of our cats our precious, as if they were our own, and we do whatever we can to help them.

You can help us pay the rest of Wally’s bill by contributing to his care. Your generosity will help us continue to care for future kittens and cats.

Help Siglinda Load the Big Kiln!

Goathouse Volunteers and Friends:  Help Siglinda Load The Big Kiln on Thursday,  October 20, Friday, October 21, and Saturday October 22 at 10am!  This is a huge job and highly critical to Siglinda’s ability to produce her new ceramics for her November Gallery show! She needs volunteers to fill in from 8 until whenever the kiln is full on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Please contact  Siglinda and copy the Goathouse Office with “Kiln Help” in the subject line and tell us with your availability. You can come for a part or all – she will need the equivalent of 3 people each day for most of the day.  The job does not require heavy lifting, but does require careful handling! No special skills are required; Siglinda will teach you what to do!

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