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 Dog Connection

The Goathouse Refuge partners with nearby county shelters to include listings for dogs who are in need of foster and forever homes.

Even though we are primarily a cat refuge, we are always interested in the well being of animals that we can help. These are just some of the dogs that we could not turn away from…

If you are interested in adopting any of our rescued dogs, please email Siglinda at or call at (919) 542-6815. If you decide to fill out our online Adoption Application (set up for cats), just write in the dog’s name, we’ll figure it out! Come meet the dogs available for adoption at the Goathouse Refuge and find a new best friend. We are open Noon to 3 pm EVERY DAY!

Thank you for caring!


Cam with toyThis is Cam, a sweet boy who we think was used as a bait dog in fighting rings. He’s shy and uncomfortable around other dogs but his foster mom has been working diligently with him and says, “Cam is extremely adoptable! He is great with people and is becoming a very playful dog. Today, he started to learn to play fetch with me. Cam doesn’t try to drag me to other dogs or go after them. He is just very nervous around them. He will continue to become more comfortable with them as time passes. My description of Cam would include mentioning how sweet and playful he is with people. He would be best in a home where he is the only pet, but is fine to go for walks and see dogs and cats while on a leash. He is house trained and crate trained, walks on a leash well and likes going for car rides.” Do you think you could give Cam a chance? Fill out an adoption application for Cam.

Read this from Siglinda’s archive of ‘why we love dogs’, it will speak to your heart…

From time to time, people tell me, “lighten up, it’s just a dog,” or, “that’s a lot of money for just a dog.” They don’t understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for “just a dog.” Some of my proudest moments have come about with “just a dog.” Many hours have passed and my only company was “just a dog,” but I did not once feel slighted. Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by “just a dog,” and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of “just a dog” gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day. If you, too, think it’s “just a dog,” then you will probably understand phrases like “just a friend”, “just a sunrise”, or “just a promise”. “Just a dog” brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy. “Just a dog” brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person. Because of “just a dog,” I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future. So for me and folks like me, it’s not “just a dog” but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment. “Just a dog” brings out what’s good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day. I hope that someday they can understand that it’s no “just a dog,” but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being “just a man or woman.” So the next time you hear the phrase “just a dog,” just smile . . . because they “just don’t understand.”

By Richard Biby

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