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.

Adoption Statistics

1 .    With our new Shelter Manager system, we are now able to more easily keep track of adoptions. A total of 214 adoptions occurred in the prior 12 months ending in August, with a monthly high of 25 adoptions a low of 10 adoptions.

2 .    Do Markings and Age Impact the Likelihood of Adoption?

Anecdotal evidence suggests markings and age of a cat impact the likelihood of adoption, but is this true? Using adoption information from February to August of this year, the monthly rate of adoption by age and color group can be calculated to answer this question.

During this time period, our adopters loved Calico! Calico had a monthly adoption rate of 41%, compared to 20% for Black and 12% for Tuxedo.

The Consolidated monthly adoption rates by age group reveals a peak of 14% for the 4 Months to 1 Year group, steadily declining with age to under 1% for the Over 10 Years group. (Note the 0 to 4 Months monthly adoption rate of 4% represents kittens under 4 months of age who became older than 4 months within the next month, and hence eligible for adoption by being above the minimum age.)

So yes, markings and age do impact likelihood of adoption!

(Note the percentages add vertically but not horizontally as the Consolidated rates are weighted by the number of observations within each Color group.)

3 .    The lifesaving percentage is calculated by taking the total (I)take for cats and subtracting those animals that were humanely (E)uthanized or (D)ied while in the facility. That will give a (L)ive rate which is what Goathouse has (1) returned to owner, (2) adopted out, (3) placed in rescue or (4) is awaiting adoption.This (L)ive rate is then divided by the (I)ntake and multiplied by 100 to get the Lifesaving (P)ercentage.
I-(E+D)=L (Live Rate) then (L/I) x 100 = P (Lifesaving Percentage)

Calculating Lifesaving Percentage for the 12 months ending 8/31/2018:

337-(0+68)=269 then (269/337) x 100 = 80%

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