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.


You can fill out our Intake Application and we will post your pet on our facebook page as a community posting.

Please do not take your animal to a kill shelter, as North Carolina has one of the highest euthanasia rates in the country, at about 9 out of 10 animals going into shelters are euthanized. Additionally, “owner surrenders” or peoples’ pets can be euthanized immediately and don’t have to be held for the “stray period” of 3-5 days before euthanasia. Some shelters use carbon monoxide gas chambers and the animals slowly suffocate to death while others use heart-stick practices with no sedation to kill the animals. Please sign a petition to outlaw the use of gas chambers in animal shelters.

For anyone who doesn’t understand what happens to animals when they are given up and abandoned in shelters, read Raining Cats and Dogs…and please try to find a way to keep your pet. YOU ARE THEIR WORLD.

Rehoming Tips

There are many things you can do to find your animal a good home. The two most important things to ensure a safe, responsible home are: (1) ask for and call personal and veterinarian references for any potential adopters, and (2) request a small fee for vet expenses. Both of these will help exclude dishonest people looking for free animals to sell to animal research laboratories or to train fighting dogs to kill.

Here are some tips to help you find a safe home for your animal.

  • Make a flyer: Write a short bio. Include basic facts about the animal and its ideal home. Take a good photo that shows the animal’s face.
  • Put flyers up in vet offices and anywhere else you can. Ask vet assistants and vet techs if any of them foster (some of them do). Some vets also do their own rescue work and may assist you in placing this animal.
  • Neighborhood email listservs are a good tool for spreading the word about rehoming a pet.
  • Post your animal on pet rehoming websites, such as Triangle Pet Rescue and Include lots of searchable keywords.
  • See more rehoming ideas at Pet Foster Network.

Behavior Problems

If you are dealing with behavioral issues and feel like you are at the “last straw,” please take a moment to review the following resources.

Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Services

If you are planning to rehome your animal due to the cost of medical care and vet expenses, consider the following low-cost services.

SNAP-NC offers a low-cost spay/neuter service for cats (about $70), as well as other services including testing, microchipping, and vaccinations.

If you live in Orange, Wake, Durham, Person or Caswell County and believe your income is low enough to qualify for a $20 fix (spay or neuter), visit AnimalKind. You will need to complete the application, get approval, receive a voucher, and then make an appointment with an approved provider.

If you live in Chatham County, please click here for the $20 fix information through C.A.R.E.

If you live in Alamance County, please click here for the Humane Society’s information and low cost program.

Rescue Groups and Resources

The following is a list of other rescue groups and vet resources in central North Carolina:

We believe that with some effort, you can find a good, responsible loving home for your animal.


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