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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

Snow Day at the Goathouse

You may have heard? It snowed a little bit. The Goathouse kitties are skeptical of this substance on the ground. Thank you to all our supporters who help us keep the kitties warm and dry!


As you know North Carolina was hit hard by winter storm Inga, and Chatham County received the highest total snowfall in the state where power is out to over 6000 residences. Road conditions are extremely poor as every road is icy and all daytime melt will quickly refreeze to glare ice. Our area of the state is still focused on clearing state maintained highways so secondary roads may not be plowed for upwards of 3 to 5 days. North Carolina is second only to Texas in the number and miles of highway maintained by the state.

Five of our staff sheltered here with me to ensure we could respond whatever the storm brought their way and care for the cats. At this time we have power, are operational, but are closed to the public. We are completely snowed in as Chatham County received over a 1′ of snow. If anyone with a plow can safely get to the six of us at any point today or as soon as possible we would ever so grateful. Every area of the refuge including Alton Alston Road, Goathouse Drive, our parking, the driveway beyond the gate leading to staff parking, garbage dumpsters, the adoption center, my home/gallery/public space are all covered with a foot of snow. Just getting from building to building to care for the cats and move supplies is a significant challenge.

The Adoption Center, water, gas heat, electricity and the back up generator are functioning. At my facility water, electricity, phone and gas heat are working, however the back up generator is NOT WORKING. The living quarters are adequately heated with a large wood burning stove, and the lower levels have gas heat. Power outages are still possible as the 6-8+ inches of snow in the trees can bring down trees, large branches and power lines. If the power goes out at my facility will be without power or water including the toilets or shower for everyone sheltering on site. In my home I also cares for all of the, permanent resident, geriatric, special needs cats and I foster a number of cats also. If anyone can safely get to us the refuge to fix the back up generator, that would be greatly appreciated.

At this time please limit calls and inquiries as we are functioning at a lower staff level and without office staff. We are also not answering emails or processing forms as our office is closed and will likely remain so for up to the next 3 to 5 days. Upon our office reopening please expect delays in responding while we catch up. Thank you for your patience. Please stay safe, bring pets indoors and check on your neighbors, especially seniors. Thank you to everyone for your concern, love, caring and support.

Siglinda Scarpa

Safety Tips: Essential Oils and Cats

This time of year, as the air gets dry, many of us turn on our dehumidifiers and essential oil diffusers. If you’re using essential oils in your home, in a diffuser or as a fragrance in a scented candle, for example, you should know that some essential oils can be extremely toxic to cats.

Cats lack an enzyme that helps break down a component of certain oils including those from Cinnamon, Clove, Thyme, Oregano, Savory, Citrus, and Pine. Never diffuse use these oils in a diffuser if you have a cat in your home, and do not pet your cat after using them on your skin. As will all toxic substances, keep them out of reach of all pets and children in your home.

For more information on essential oil toxicity in cats, see: http://meowlifestyle.com/6-essential-oil-safety-tips-for-cat-owners/.

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