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Goathouse Refuge Open By Appointment Only

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Goathouse Refuge is closed to visitors beyond essential staff except by weekend appointment only.  Masks and hand sanitizing are required. If you are sick or have symptoms, please stay home for the safety of our staff and cats.

*If you are interested in adopting from us, please complete our online adoption application and you will be contacted to schedule an appointment.

*If you are interested in just visiting, please schedule an appointment here: https://calendly.com/goathouserefuge

*For questions email: goathouserefugeoffice@gmail.com and please allow 24 hrs for a reply.
Stay safe and we’ll see you soon!

Goathouse Winter Matching Gift Campaign Reaches 22%

 

Several amazing donors have stepped up to do a matching gift for the start of 2021! They will match dollar for dollar all the way up to $20,000! This challenge will go a long way to help with food, spay/neuter costs, vet bills, cleaning supplies, and other expenses.

Help us reach the goal before the February 28th deadline by donating today by clicking on the picture.
 
 The first of the year is a hard time for the Goathouse Refuge as funding slows down after the holidays and people hunker in for the chilly winter days. But our kitties must eat every day, have their litter boxes cleaned and more importantly heat the enclosures for them to shake off the winter chill!  We appreciate your generosity and any gift from $5 to $1,000 will help us tremendously to carry on our mission to care for cats that may have no where else to go.
 

CARES Act Incentives Extended for 2021 — with a small boost!

The C.A.R.E.S. Act of 2020 has been extended for 2021!

Allowable deductions for donations made by December 31st, 2021 to qualified charitable organizations- including The Goathouse Refuge! – have been greatly expanded. Here’s what you need to know to take advantage of this opportunity:

Do you take the standard deduction?

The CARES Act applies a temporary universal charitable deduction for all taxpayers of up to $300. Ninety-two percent of taxpayers take a standard deduction rather than itemizing their charitable giving—under the new provision, taxpayers who do not itemize can now directly benefit from their charitable cash donations of up to $300.

Are you itemizing deductions?

The adjusted gross income (AGI) limit for cash contributions was increased for individual donors. For cash contributions made in 2021, you can now elect to deduct up to 100% of your AGI (increased from 60%). The qualifying deduction can be cash, in kind, or appreciated stock.

Charitable Transfer of Stock Gains

For those with significant stock market gains, this year’s C.A.R.E.S. Act tax break can be an especially valuable opportunity. Transferring the stock directly to The Goathouse Refuge allows our charity to enjoy the full appreciated value of the stock and the taxpayer may deduct the full value of the donated stock (and offset equivalent income) without paying the capital gains tax they would otherwise owe on the appreciated value upon the sale of the stock. Making donations of appreciated stock is easy! Simply have your broker transfer the shares of stock to:

Edward Jones DTC # 0057

Goathouse Refuge Account # 35723358-1-2

Goathouse Refuge Tax ID # 26-0893521

What about IRA Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD)?

The QCD allows individuals over 70 ½ years old to donate up to $100,000 in IRA assets directly to charity annually, without taking the distribution into taxable income. While the C.A.R.E.S. Act did not change the rules around the QCD, remember that under the C.A.R.E.S. Act an individual can elect to deduct 100% of their AGI for cash charitable contributions. This effectively affords all individuals over 59 ½ years old the benefits similar to a QCD; they can take a cash distribution from their IRA, contribute the cash to charity and may completely offset tax attributable to the distribution by taking a charitable deduction in an amount up to 100% of their AGI for the tax year.

Alas, all of the above opportunities are available only for donations made by December 31, 2021. Be sure to speak to your accountant or tax advisor now to maximize your charitable donations to The Goathouse Refuge or the charity of your choice!

Thank You and Happy New Year from The Goathouse Refuge!

Thanks to you and your support the Goathouse Refuge continues in our mission to provide sanctuary to kittens and cats of all ages and conditions. Your generosity enabled us to make it through a very difficult 2020, which would not have been possible without the support of our friends and donors. Even through a pandemic we were able to adopt out 360 cats this year, including 11 seniors! That is a whisker shy of 1 cat per day finding their forever family and YOU made that possible.
As we step into 2021 the cats, kittens and all of us at the Goathouse look to you in gratitude. We hope 2021 will be a good year for you and yours and that you will continue to be well. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and 
Happy New Year from the Goathouse Refuge!
Looking to adopt? Click below to browse adoptable cats and kittens!

Goathouse Refuge Year End 2020 Message

As we prepare to close the books on 2020 and look anew at a hopeful new year, there is still time to give to the Goathouse Refuge for your 2020 Federal and State Income taxes.

Remember if you are like 92% of all taxpayers and take the standard deduction, under the CARES act you can now directly benefit from a charitable cash donation of up to $300.

We are excited about what the new year will bring for the Goathouse and the cats. There is much work being done to help us position the Goathouse to thrive in the years to come. However, we our day-to-day work goes on with tending to the cat’s daily needs, meeting physical needs, preparing those for adoption by their prospective families

As you prepare your final year end donations, I hope that the Goathouse is at the top of your list. We also have a new way to donate your appreciated stocks and securities directly to the Goathouse as well.

Edward Jones DTC # 0057
Goathouse Refuge Account # 35723358-1-2
Goathouse Refuge Tax ID # 26-0893521

We appreciate your generous support and look forward to sharing news of the Goathouse and our efforts to grow and thrive in a new year. Thank you for helping us help the cats at the Refuge!

Jeff Vojta, Volunteer and Cat Father to 5 Cats

To Donate, click on Donate button:

Or to become a Monthly Sustainer, click here :

Goathouse 2021 Calendars Are Here!

The 2021 Goathouse Refuge Calendars are here, just in time for the Gallery Open House!

This year, we ooh and aah with the adorable theme of “Kitten Tales”. Only $15 (plus S&H). Order one today!

They make great gifts for every cat lover and help support the Goathouse kitties.

To order, visit our Shop page.

Goathouse Reflections on 2020

With all the turmoil 2020 has presented all us, it is nice to hear about happy stories. Recently, an adopter shared an update on their cat whom they adopted from the Goathouse Refuge. Their story was so touching and heartfelt to know the joy this cat has brought into their home and adventures. I hope as we all get ready to celebrate holidays socially distant from our loved ones and ring in the new year; this story will bring a smile and some joy to you.

The Goathouse has been adopting cats for over 20 years. Adoption may not be the best term. More often than not, just like the Harry Potter story where the wand selects the wizard, the cat selects those who it wants to wait upon them! Many of us cat servants may wonder if our cat has magical properties to know when to come and sit our keyboard, track mud into the house, throw the litter out and other uncanny behaviors. Cats can also tell when we are down and come to soothe us with their gentle purring. I find them quite magical and entertaining and thank them for the privilege of letting me care for them.

Through November 2020, The Goathouse Refuge our cats and kittens chose 327 human households to grace their homes and allow these human families to care for them. That’s quite an accomplishment! This is all made possible by the generosity of our donors, volunteers and friends. With this incredible level of support, we would not be able to do what we do and enable stories like Pewter’s, listed below to occur. We thank you.

To continue to fulfill this magic and find humans for our other cats here now and those to come, we need your support. During this holiday season, we would appreciate your generosity to help us keep the cats warm, fed and get ready to welcome their new families.

Thank you
Jeff Vojta, Goathouse Volunteer, Sustainer and Supporter
https://www.goathouserefuge.org/donate/
Pewter’s Story (from Pewter’s Humans)

“To all the good folks at the Goathouse Refuge,
It’s coming up on the 3rd year since the cat you knew as Pewter came to live with us and its past time for us to thank you for saving this most wonderful cat! The info about him along with his photo when he was up for adoption said he was “complex”. We were not sure what this meant but have come to understand it. Through the years we have had many cats but none quite like Pewter. He is by far the most intelligent cat we have ever encountered.

He settled into his new life quickly and seems quite content. When the weather is nice, he loves to be on the screened porch and never shows any disappointment that he cannot go out in the yard. He is also very affectionate and a true snuggle kitty. Very attached to his humans and sticks close to us throughout the day. He is in excellent health thanks to all the Goathouse Refuge did to save him when he was with you.

Since we joke that cats have 9 lives, we think they can also have several names. It struck us that he must have had quite a past, has a military air about him and because of his considerable size we call him Major Biggs. Biggy for short. He likes routine and runs the household like a ranking officer should. He knows what he wants and how to communicate it and we are more than happy to focus on him. We love him dearly and he makes us happy every day.

Thank you for all you do. Each and every cat is worth saving and deserve a second chance like the one you gave Pewter/Biggy.”

By Permission of Major Biggs!

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