Bentley - Spring - Momma's kitten # 2 Bentley - Spring - Momma's kitten # 2 Read More
Cindy Lou Who (FIV+) Cindy Lou Who (FIV+) Read More
Clover 2 - Greta kitten #1 - in foster Clover 2 - Greta kitten #1 - in foster Read More
Birdie (in foster) Birdie (in foster) Read More
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Annie 1 (Permanent Foster) Annie 1 (Permanent Foster) Read More


The Goathouse Refuge has many incredible cats in need of loving homes.

Behind the Scene

Special Stories of Special Cats Your Support Helps


Tax deductible donations and gifts of goods to help run the refuge are always welcome.

Goathouse News

A Journey Into The Simple Beauty Of Italian Food – Sept. 18






















Rescheduled from June! This event is tentatively scheduled for September and will be held outside. We will continue to monitor what happens with the covid situation and post updates if needed.

Tickets $45 Each

The Kitties Need a New Generator!

Generac Guardian 18000-Watt (LP)/17000-Watt (NG) Standby Generator with Automatic Transfer Switch in the Home Standby Generators department at Lowes.comThe Goathouse Refuge is an amazing place and part of the charm is it’s remote location. Unfortunately, being off the beaten path has it’s draw backs. We are on a well for our water so if the power goes out, so does our well pump! We also lose our heat or air conditioning and we have hundreds of cats and kittens that rely on us to provide them with fresh water and a comfortable living space. We received an offer for an awesome Guardian 22 KW Home Back Up Generator! We need to raise the funds to purchase the unit and have it installed. Please help us reach our goal! The price is good until the end of July so please donate ASAP and help our cat refuge stay comfortable when the power goes out! Thank you!



Please Help With Vet Bills

Urgent help needed for Pinnochio and Julio!

The Refuge is a place where no cat will be refused due to age, illness or disposition. Even cats that are “unadoptable” can live in comfort, with the care, attention and love they deserve. The sanctuary also accepts FIV+ cats and is devoted to their care like any of the other residents and no cat will be euthanized unless it is suffering and there is no hope of recovery. Our goal is to find every cat their own home but they can live at the refuge their entire life if that goal is not met.

Pinnochio has been undergoing treatment for cancer to give him a good quality of life. His vet bills have understandably added up though. We have set up a Giving Grid fundraiser to help with the bills for Pinnochio and Julio as well. Can you help us?


Goathouse $20,000 Summer Matching Gift Campaign Reaches 82%

The summer matching gift campaign has already reached 82%!
Thank you to all who have donated so far!

The refuge is still struggling to pay all the bills while also trying to help some of the many homeless kittens in dire situations right now, one of our long time supporters has offered to match any donations 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 August 15th deadline by donating today by clicking on the donate button.

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 nowhere else to go.

Goathouse Refuge is excited once again this year to participate in the Clear The Shelters Campaign partnered with Greater Good Charities. “The Clear The Shelters Fund” will allow people to learn about the Goathouse Refuge and donate directly to us. Our kitties will also have the opportunity to have their pictures highlighted on the local NBC affiliate, WRAL-TV.


NBC and Telemundo owned stations’ Clear The Shelters nationwide pet adoption campaign returns for the seventh consecutive year and runs August 23 to September 19, 2021.

Goathouse Refuge Open Sat & Sun 11-3, Friday by Appt

The Goathouse Refuge is back open from 11am to 3pm Saturdays and Sundays without an appointment.
Fridays continue to operate by appointment. Masks are still required for the safety of the cats. 

 *For Friday appointment click here: https://calendly.com/goathouserefuge
   If you cannot make an appointment, please cancel it through calendy .

*For questions email: goathouserefugeoffice@gmail.com and please allow 24 hrs for a reply. We look forward to seeing you soon!

We Now Have Venmo!

Do You Know the Mission of the Goathouse Refuge?

Donors, supporters, friends, many of you have not gone through all the information on our website, we would like you to know what is in our Mission Statement, who we are, why we do what we do… because you like us, love what we do and trust us but maybe you have never read it… so Here it is:………

“There aren’t many places in today’s world that offer ongoing, unconditional care to animals in need, but that’s exactly what we provide at the Goathouse Refuge. We are a cat sanctuary, a place where cats that have been abandoned or lost can be safe and warm and happy, where cats who have had to live at the margins of the modern world can find a place where they are welcome.

The Refuge is a place where no cat will be refused due to age, illness or disposition. Even cats that are “unadoptable” can live in comfort, with the care, attention and love they deserve. The sanctuary also accepts FIV+ cats and is devoted to their care like any of the other residents and no cat will be euthanized unless it is suffering and there is no hope of recovery.

Our ultimate goal is to connect every cat with a loving family who wants to share their life with a wonderful feline companion. Typically, 25 – 30 cats are adopted every month from our facility, and since we keep all of our cats up to date on their vaccinations and check-ups and make sure they lead interactive, social lives, adoptions from Goathouse Refuge are easy and effective. Since our founding in 2007, we’ve placed over 2,500 cats into loving, permanent homes. Unfortunately, not every cat is destined to be a typical pet. Some have medical issues that require daily care; some grew up as feral cats and don’t have the disposition for domestic life; and sometimes, there just aren’t enough homes to go around. But Siglinda Scarpa, who founded Goathouse Refuge years ago, believes every cat has the right to a life free from both danger and indifference.

The Refuge is designed so that cats can spend long periods of time here comfortably, awaiting adoption. In fact, it is designed so that a cat could spend years, or even its entire lifetime, at the sanctuary. This means that cages are only used in intake when a new cat arrives and needs to adjust and feel safe, or in the infirmary to be able to medicate and care for ill kitties, or for feeding cats with special diets (but only for feeding and then the cats will be free to roam and play around with the other cats in the refuge indoor and outdoor safely).  We only spay and neuter kittens once they weigh 5 pounds, to insure that their organs and their bones are well grown and well-formed and they have strong teeth. They are adopted after they have been spayed/neutered, fully vaccinated and microchipped. Old cats get their dental surgeries… injured or sick kitties will go to our veterinarians and/or specialty hospitals including the Vet School… and Homeopathic/Alternative Veterinarians. And, of course, all of the cats are given human attention, love and interaction, along with high-quality food and prescription food if needed.

This is the philosophy we operate by at Goathouse Refuge, a no-kill shelter that serves two important roles: a stopover for cats on their way to permanent homes, and a permanent shelter for cats that just need a place they can call their own.

That’s what we do at Goathouse Refuge. We think it’s worthwhile work. We hope you think so, too.”

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