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.


The Goathouse Refuge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, no-kill animal sanctuary dedicated to providing care and finding homes for dozens of homeless cats. Founded by Italian-born sculptor and potter Siglinda Scarpa, the refuge is located near Pittsboro, North Carolina, in Chatham County, on a 16-acre farm.

The Goathouse Refuge is the only no-kill animal shelter/humane society in Chatham County licensed by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Veterinary Division.  In addition, we are one of the largest licensed facilities of this kind in the state of North Carolina.  We take pride in the fact that the care of our animals and the maintenance of our facilities meet the strict standards of the North Carolina Animal Welfare Act.

We are open daily and love visitors, especially between 12 pm and 3:30 pm.  Thank you for your support of our cats!


Goathouse Gallery and RefugeThe Goathouse Cat Refuge
379 Goathouse Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312
(Try 680 Alton Alston Road if your GPS is confused.) Get customized directions from Google Maps.
(919) 542-6815 |

From Carrboro (or 54 West Bypass if you are coming from Chapel Hill or Durham):
Take Jones Ferry Road West (away from Carrboro) passing over University Lake. In about 8 miles you will come to a convenience shop on your right called Frosty Trading Post. Turn right onto Crawford Dairy road and go about 1.5 miles. Turn left onto Chicken Bridge Road and go about 5 miles until you come to a stop sign. Turn left onto Route 87. Go 2.6 miles and turn right onto Alton Alston Road. There is a sign for the Goathouse Gallery right at the road. Follow the road to the Goathouse Gallery and Refuge turning left at the mail boxes as indicated. Parking: You may park inside the gate and walk to the brown and orange building. Check first – if no one is in the orange building to assist you, please call the phone # on the door or walk down the driveway and ring the bell at the blue house. The refuge is wheelchair accessible and has a reserved disability parking space.

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