Brooks (in foster) Brooks (in foster) Read More
Clarka (sponsored) Clarka (sponsored) Read More
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Betty (Sponsored; needs foster or adoption) Betty (Sponsored; needs foster or adoption) Read More
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Little Feller (Sponsored) Little Feller (Sponsored) Read More


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.

Goathouse News

Spring Matching Campaign Supports Our Senior Cats

Some amazing donors have stepped up this spring to do a matching gift campaign. They will match dollar for dollar all the way up to $16,500 to help pay for the medical bills for cats that are in need or oral surgery or thyroid treatment. Help us match that goal. Please visit our GoFundMe page, watch our beautiful volunteer donated video (below), donate if you can and be our hands and feet by sharing this post or Alison’s GoFundMe so we reach as many people as possible by March 31 when our campaign ends!

Poor dental health can lead to more serious health problems and seriously damage a cat’s quality of life. Good dental care is essential, especially for older cats. Older cats are also more prone to thyroid problems that can severely impair their daily lives. Today we’re launching our Dental Surgery & Iodine Therapy Drive to raise funds to keep our older cats healthy and spry so that they have the best chance at finding a new lease on life. Watch the video below for more on these common senior cat health problems. When you donate this month, your contributions will help us fund dental and iodine therapy treatment for cats in need.

Discounted 2018 Calendars for Your Daily Dose of Inspiration!

Now only $10, Goathouse Refuge Calendars brighten up your home or office with inspiring stories of our kitties! 100% of proceeds go directly to the Refuge so we can continue to fulfill our mission. Since before our founding in 2007, Siglinda Scarpa has worked with rescues, owners and adopters regarding the health of cats. Health conditions can be a challenge and people often do not know there is often more they can do. We hope to empower and inspire you with knowledge about options to support health, chronic conditions and pain. Compassion, dedication, knowledge, empathy, creativity and love, these are just a few of the Seasons of Grace.

Our apologies for the delayed launch. As you may know we lost an integral member of our Goathouse Refuge family, Carolyn Busse, who designed many items including our calendars. At the last minute another volunteer stepped in to ensure we had a calendar for 2018. Although there were some challenges we are glad it is finally here to share with you!

Purchase one (or more!) in the Goathouse Refuge Shop.

Relief for Your Wallet and For Pets

The new tax plan is anticipated to make an impact on charitable giving, as many of us won’t be able to accrue enough deductions to exceed the new standard deduction of $12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for couples. But with a little creativity, there is some tax relief available—and it can mean help for your wallet and a lifesaving medical procedure for a pet in need.

Fluffy catPeople who are 70 ½ years old or older are required to take minimum distributions from their retirement accounts. They’re taxed at withdrawal—unless the gift is being transferred not to their bank account, but to a charity like the Goathouse Refuge instead. This allows the donor to make a gift of impact while bypassing Uncle Sam.

The new tax plan maintains the advantages of donating shares of stock to charity. You can still donate appreciated stocks you’ve held for a year or more, and avoid the capital gains tax on the stock’s increased value. For example, if you purchased stock for $2,000 over a year ago, and it’s now worth $20,000, there would be no tax on the appreciated value of $18,000. (For stock transfer instructions, contact our President of the Board Allen Scazzero 919 845 6649 ex 200)

Gifts from donor-advised funds are also accepted at Goathouse Refuge. The tax deduction is made when money is added to the fund, not when donations are issued.

Keep in mind that when giving from a personal check, gifts exceeding the standard-deduction threshold ($12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for couples) are still tax-deductible.

With the pets’ many different needs, gifts of all sizes and shapes make an impact. And every penny of your donation is spent on direct care for pets. Goathouse Refuge does not receive any government support and is not a part of any national groups. The pets only have you to count on to heal them, body and soul.

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