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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

Morris Featured on Ian Somerhalder Foundation Website

Last year the Refuge rescued Morris, a sweet, black kitten who was thrown from a moving car and required expensive medical intervention to repair a broken leg. In order to cover Morris’ extensive medical bills, we reached out to the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. Thanks to their generous gift, Morris’ story has a wonderfully happy ending!

See Morris’ full story at http://www.isfoundation.com/news/morris.

Vote for Us in IndyWeek’s Best of the Triangle 2017!

The INDY is polling for their “Best Of issue” and the Goathouse Refuge has a great chance to get free marketing or other prizes! We need YOU (and everyone you know) to vote and get the word out about the refuge!!!

To vote for the Goathouse Rescue as the “Nonprofit Organization in Orange/Chatham” County, visit http://indyweek.secondstreetapp.com/l/INDY-Weeks-2017-Best-of-the-Triangle-Nominations/Ballot/Services. Be sure you are on the “Services” category page and scroll down to “Nonprofit Organization in Orange/Chatham.” (alphabetical) As soon as you click “Nominate” to the right of Goathouse Refuge, your nomination is saved!

If we get the top four votes in our category by Sunday March 5th, we make the final ballot! If we win the top vote in our category we win free marketing and/or prizes!!! (results in June 7th Best of the Triangle issue)


Urgent Funds Needed: A Message from our Board

Dear Friends of the Goathouse Refuge,

As many of you know, I am a board member and have been a supporter of the Goathouse Refuge, a no-kill shelter for cats that is also a 501c3, to which one’s donations are tax deductible. Very simply, despite your past generosity for which we are most grateful, the Refuge still has not reached its goal of raising $50,000 from our GoFundMe site, but has only raised less than one-half of that amount. Please follow the link https://www.gofundme.com/help-the- goathouse-cat- refuge-2u53t82w to our GoFundMe site and consider contributing again if you are able, but also please send this plea on to your family and friends and ask them to post it to their Facebook timelines so that we can grow our donor base with your help. If you prefer to send a check, please send it to

Goathouse Refuge, 680 Alton Alston Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312

The funds collected will allow us to save many more lives and help us find loving homes for the dispossessed and abandoned. We currently average approximately 20 to 50 adoptions a month from our population of 350 cats and kittens. The Refuge has only survived these past ten years – finding homes for some 2,000 kittens and cats – because of the donations of many hundreds of individuals such as yourselves from around the United States.

At the Goathouse Refuge, the cats that we take in are treated humanely, given the best medical care, and are even treated if necessary at specialty hospitals or the Veterinary Hospital at NC State University. They are fed the highest quality food, and are able to roam freely in a fenced-in, heavily-treed, three- acre enclosure, located on an 18-acre farm.  At night, they have access, if they wish, to a building with heated floors upon which volunteers spread quilts for their comfort.  A network of loyal volunteers supports the Refuge’s work and come every day to help with the cats.  One of their tasks is to make sure they play with, pet and show the Refuge’s charges affection.  Many visitors comment on how well socialized the kittens and cats are.  Indeed, this is because of the dedication of the volunteers who play such a crucial role in the Refuge’s operation. The founder of the Refuge is the noted ceramicist Siglinda Scarpa who bought her farm fifteen years ago  to establish her ceramics studio and kiln and a home for her dogs, cats and four goats. Over the years, Siglinda has created a magical environment on the farm.  All the proceeds of her artwork from three kiln-openings each year go to supporting the needs of the Refuge. Once that was almost enough to support the work of the Refuge. But sales have slowed as our needs have increased and the Refuge needs greater and more consistent support.

Please also visit the Goathouse Refuge website at www.goathouserefuge.org and see some of the stories of the cats the Refuge has rescued as well as videos of the Refuge’s successes.

Thank you for your consideration of this request.


Jeffrey LaRiche

Director of Fund Raising

The Goathouse Refuge


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