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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

Buy a T-shirt or hoodie and help the cats!

Bonfire T-shirt fundraiserLook at our great new shirts and hoodies!! Please buy one to help us raise money for all of our kittens and cats at the Refuge! Our goal is to sell 50 by July 25th. Buy yours HERE. Orders will arrive approximately 14 business days after the fund ends on July 25, 2016.

Please Donate to our $20K Kitten Care Matching Grant!

Ninga is scared and confused after being dumped at our door.

Ninga is scared and confused after being dumped at our door.

Kitten-season is always hard, and here in the warmth of the South, it never seems to end. We always walk a tightrope between rescuing as many cats & kittens as we can while not taking in more than our budget can afford.

Please Donate to the $20K for Kitten Care!

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Kitten on VideoWatch this video and see how your donations let us recently save one tiny kitten from a kill shelter.

Bad eyes black colony kittenBad eyes orange colony kittenSo far, this kitten season, we have been managing pretty well…until mid-June.

the keeper of a colony of cats that we have helped in the past reached out to us again, saying that there were kittens at the colony dying due to illness and untreated eye infections. We were going to pull the four sickest kittens for treatment. It quickly became clear that taking out the four sickest was an impossible task. The kittens were in awful shape, so we ended up with eleven – all needing expensive eye medications (and some, down the road, may also need eye removal surgery), treatment for parasites, antibiotics for their colds, etc.

Dumped kittensDumped kittens 2Next, two separate individuals pulled up to the refuge, dumped out carriers filled with cats and kittens, backed up and drive off so fast we weren’t even able to stop them. Together, these two individuals dumped twenty-seven cats on us, including two pregnant moms and nineteen teenage kittens who all need to be fixed asap to stop the cycle.
Dumped cat

Please Donate to the $20K for Kitten Care!

Two incredibly generous donors have responded to our plea for help – together, they have pledged to donate $20,000 if we can raise the same amount by August 1st. This amount will help us get these many kittens healthy, vetted, and when the time comes, fixed, while also allowing us to continue to provide high quality care to our adults and forever residents at the Refuge. Please donate if you can. Every amount makes a difference, and it all adds up.

The cost to combo test, feed, vet, and take care of our current population along with over forty new and sick cats & kittens is daunting. Spay/neuter alone is $75 per cat. People are traveling, adoptions are lower, and we need all the help we can get to make it through yet another challenging summer at the refuge.

If we can raise $20,000 by 8/1, the cats get a total of $40,000. This is an awesome opportunity.

Please Donate to the $20K for Kitten Care!

We are a non-profit organization that depends solely on our supporters and their donations. Please help us meet this goal for our cats and kittens.

All your donations are fully tax deductible, the Goathouse Refuge is a 501(c)(3) certified non-profit.

Please come visit and see for yourself, we are open every day for visitors from Noon until 3:00 pm. Come see the wonderful work your donations are doing.

We can’t say it enough – YOU are what makes us a place that gives a home to kitties who would otherwise have to go to a public kill shelter. Public shelters often use tortuous methods to kill the animals with carbon monoxide chambers or heartsticks through their chestwalls. Your donations let us take some of those poor pets in who have been dumped by uncaring people or unfortunate circumstances.

Goathouse Crafts Fair is coming this Sept – Vendors should apply now!

Craft CatThe Goathouse Refuge Crafts Fair is a unique event that aims to help both local artists and our cat rescue by showcasing local artisans while raising money for the care of abandoned cats. Please fill out an application and join us!

Event Date: Saturday, Sept 17, 2016
Time: 10am – 5pm
Location: 259 Hillsboro St, Pittsboro, NC

Vendor application: Craft Fair Vendor Application Form
Application deadline: July 1, 2016
Number of accepted vendors: 30

Contact information: Barbara Zemskova (ghrefuge@gmail.com)

Provided amenities:

1) Each artist will be provided with one 6’ by 2.5’ table and one chair.
2) If you choose to use the provided table, you may not use any additional display that would not
fit on the table.
3) If you opt out of having a table, you may bring your own display (clothes rack, shelves, etc), but
you must stay within your allotted area of 6’ by 5’.
4) Electricity – can be provided upon request.
5) Tents – will be provided by the organizers; two vendors will share one tent.
6) Wi-Fi for credit card payment – artists must provide their own Wi-Fi equipped device.

Allowed categories:

1) Jewelry
2) Clothing
3) Toys, dolls
4) Soaps, candles, lotions
5) Printed media (photographs, calendars, post cards)
6) Pottery/sculpture/glassware
7) Drawings/paintings
8) Wooden crafts/carvings
9) Other (specify)

All money raised through entry fees and donations from sales will directly benefit the Goathouse Refuge, which is the largest no-kill cat sanctuary in North Carolina. Our September event combines art and animal rescue – two passions of Siglinda Scarpa, the founder of the refuge, who is a renowned potter and sculptor herself.

The event will take place in the heart of Pittsboro, NC, which is known for its free-spirited culture and love of local art. Pittsboro, NC is also strategically located near the densely-populated Research Triangle formed by Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. The timing of the event will be perfect for Halloween-themed items and early Christmas shopping so send in your vendor application now!

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