Adopt

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

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

Donate

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

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Our incredible cats are in need of loving homes. We currently have a population of almost 200 cats. That number is always changing, so you’ll need to stop in for the most up-to-date roster. Some of these cats have biographies; some we are getting to know better. Quite a few you can see only by visiting the refuge, as they are very young or very shy and are in the process of being socialized. Please take the time to read some of their stories.


If you would like to meet the cats in person, we are open daily from 12 – 3:00 p.m. The kitties love visitors and will be happy to see you!

What’s Next?

Siglinda’s Advice for Settling your New Goathouse Cat into your Home

Siglinda has adopted out hundreds of cats and kittens from the Refuge as well as taking care of many different cats and kittens in her home. She is an expert at introducing a new cat into a strange environment and her method has worked for hundreds of cats. She strongly urges you to try this approach when adopting a new cat. It reduces the stress on you, your family, and the cat. Cats that are not properly introduced can have behavioral problems so please take the time to give your cat the best start it can have.

  • Get a medium sized dog crate (we can often loan you one).
  • Set it up in an area in your home where the family and other pets congregate.
  • Cover the crate on 3 sides and on top with a blanket or towels.
  • Put in a litter pan with our litter (given to you when you leave with your new cat).
  • Put in food and water bowls (food similar to what the cat is eating at the Refuge will be given to you when you leave with your new cat).
  • Put in comfortable bedding. Add in something with your scent on it (worn t-shirt or used towel).
  • Upon coming home with your new cat, put them into the crate. This lets the cat acclimate to the scents, sounds and routines of your house in a protected and safe environment. Meanwhile, because some the bedding contains your scent, it lets the other animals in your home smell your scent on the new cat.
  • Feed them twice a day and give them fresh water every day. We strongly recommend giving glucosamine and Vitamin C to your cat to avoid painful urinary infections and blockages, especially for male cats. We do this for all the cats at the refuge.
  • After a week or so, open the cage door and let the cat come out at his/her own speed.
  • Remember – patience, patience, patience is the key to bringing a new cat into your home. It can sometimes take several weeks for a new cat to adjust.
  • This approach lets your current pets get to know the new resident as well as let the new cat know the smells and sounds of your home. It’s better than isolating them in a room for a week and then let them out for the first time with the other pets who could then have territorial issues.

Sponsoring a Cat

Can’t adopt right now? How about making it easier for a kitty to be adopted by someone else by sponsoring a cat’s adoption fee of $100. Simply click on the Donate link, submit a PayPal donation of $100, and indicate which cat or kitten you want to sponsor in the “Add special instructions to the seller” on the PayPal review page. We’ll list them as sponsored on our cats and kittens page and it might just be the thing that helps someone make the decision to adopt.

Another Alternative… Adopt a Virtual Cat!

No room for another pet? Current pets won’t accept another cat in the house? Then adopt a virtual cat, it’s the next best thing to taking one home. Here’s how it works:

  • Do this by visiting our Cats and Kittens on our Adoption pages.
  • Pick the one who will make that perfect virtual pet for you or for a friend or loved one and make a note of that kitty’s name
  • Go to the Virtual Cat page, fill out the form and hit submit
  • Then use the PayPal Donate button to buy your virtual cat for only $20 and we’ll email you a photo plus the behind-the-scenes story on your new, virtual cat!

Other Adoption Resources

These articles may help you in your search for the perfect kitty companion.

Adopting a second cat can have multiple benefits. Learn more:

More helpful information:

Please Read: Letter from a Shelter Manager

I think our society needs a huge “Wake-up” call. As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all…a view from the inside if you will.

First off, all of you breeders/sellers should be made to work in the “back” of an animal shelter for just one day. Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you would change your mind about breeding and selling to people you don’t even know.

That puppy you just sold will most likely end up in my shelter when it’s not a cute little puppy anymore. So how would you feel if you knew that there’s about a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it is going to be dumped at? Purebred or not! About 50% of all of the dogs that are “owner surrenders” or “strays”, that come into my shelter are purebred dogs.

The most common excuses I hear are; “We are moving and we can’t take our dog (or cat).” Really? Where are you moving too that doesn’t allow pets? Or they say “The dog got bigger than we thought it would”. How big did you think a German Shepherd would get? “We don’t have time for her”. Really? I work a 10-12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs! “She’s tearing up our yard”. How about making her a part of your family? They always tell me “We just don’t want to have to stress about finding a place for her we know she’ll get adopted, she’s a good dog”.

Odds are your pet won’t get adopted & how stressful do you think being in a shelter is? Well, let me tell you, your pet has 72 hours to find a new family from the moment you drop it off. Sometimes a little longer if the shelter isn’t full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy. If it sniffles, it dies. Your pet will be confined to a small run/kennel in a room with about 25 other barking or crying animals. It will have to relieve itself where it eats and sleeps. It will be depressed and it will cry constantly for the family that abandoned it. If your pet is lucky, I will have enough volunteers in that day to take him/her for a walk. If I don’t, your pet won’t get any attention besides having a bowl of food slid under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out of its pen with a high-powered hose. If your dog is big, black or any of the “Bully” breeds (pit bull, rottie, mastiff, etc) it was pretty much dead when you walked it through the front door.

Those dogs just don’t get adopted. It doesn’t matter how ‘sweet’ or ‘well behaved’ they are.

If your dog doesn’t get adopted within its 72 hours and the shelter is full, it will be destroyed. If the shelter isn’t full and your dog is good enough, and of a desirable enough breed it may get a stay of execution, but not for long . Most dogs get very kennel protective after about a week and are destroyed for showing aggression. Even the sweetest dogs will turn in this environment. If your pet makes it over all of those hurdles chances are it will get kennel cough or an upper respiratory infection and will be destroyed because shelters just don’t have the funds to pay for even a $100 treatment.

Here’s a little euthanasia 101 for those of you that have never witnessed a perfectly healthy, scared animal being “put-down”.

First, your pet will be taken from its kennel on a leash. They always look like they think they are going for a walk happy, wagging their tails. Until they get to “The Room”, every one of them freaks out and puts on the brakes when we get to the door. It must smell like death or they can feel the sad souls that are left in there, it’s strange, but it happens with every one of them. Your dog or cat will be restrained, held down by 1 or 2 vet techs depending on the size and how freaked out they are. Then a euthanasia tech or a vet will start the process. They will find a vein in the front leg and inject a lethal dose of the “pink stuff”. Hopefully your pet doesn’t panic from being restrained and jerk. I’ve seen the needles tear out of a leg and been covered with the resulting blood and been deafened by the yelps and screams. They all don’t just “go to sleep”, sometimes they spasm for a while, gasp for air and defecate on themselves.

When it all ends, your pets corpse will be stacked like firewood in a large freezer in the back with all of the other animals that were killed waiting to be picked up like garbage. What happens next? Cremated? Taken to the dump? Rendered into pet food? You’ll never know and it probably won’t even cross your mind. It was just an animal and you can always buy another one, right?

I hope that those of you that have read this are bawling your eyes out and can’t get the pictures out of your head I deal with everyday on the way home from work.

I hate my job, I hate that it exists & I hate that it will always be there unless you people make some changes and realize that the lives you are affecting go much farther than the pets you dump at a shelter.

Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die every year in shelters and only you can stop it. I do my best to save every life I can but rescues are always full, and there are more animals coming in everyday than there are homes.

My point to all of this DON’T BREED OR BUY WHILE SHELTER PETS DIE!

Hate me if you want to. The truth hurts and reality is what it is. I just hope I maybe changed one persons mind about breeding their dog, taking their loving pet to a shelter, or buying a dog. I hope that someone will walk into my shelter and say “I saw this and it made me want to adopt”. THAT WOULD MAKE IT WORTH IT.

For those of you that care— please repost this to at least one other list in another city/state. Let’s see if we can get this all around the US and have an impact.

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