Alessandra (at Cat Tales) Alessandra (at Cat Tales) Read More
Dante 2 (in foster) Dante 2 (in foster) Read More
Victor (FIV+) Victor (FIV+) Read More
Sophie (Sponsored; Special Needs) Sophie (Sponsored; Special Needs) Read More
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Goathouse News

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 75%


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.

Valentine’s Day Greeting From the Goathouse!

In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, thoughts turn to our loved ones, however, the cats and kittens of the Goathouse Refuge are hoping they can find their Valentine this year! During January, 34 cats found their forever homes and lots of hugs and treats. Some of our cats, like Jill and Tiger II, have found their Valentine, but are awaiting dental surgery so they can go to their forever home. We have numerous other cats and kittens like Sunny, Ryder and Zorro, and more who anxiously await their matches!

 At the Goathouse, the dark wet winter days and pandemic restrictions provide few visitors for the cats and kittens at the Goathouse. All they need is a home and companion to share these winter days and nights with. These adorable cats and kittens are anxiously awaiting spring and to find their forever homes!

Adopt: https://www.goathouserefuge.org/adopt-a-cat/      

Elvis and Julian are ready to offer many purrs and leg rubbings. Lap cuddles and face nudging are available. All they need is your love and support. They need your support to help provide for their feeding, cleaning, and care while they await their forever companions.

 So, this Valentine’s Day we ask that you help the Goathouse by considering a donation, big or small, to help us fulfill our mission of providing love and a safe environment while the cats await their own valentine. And remember your donations are matched during our Winter Matching Campaign, so your generous support is doubled! 

To help the cats each month, we have a Sustainers’ campaign that can make monthly giving easy. Any amount from $5, $50 or $500 is appreciated.

To become a Monthly Sustainer, click on Subscribe button and follow instructions on our website:

Jeff Vojta – Cat Dad to 5 Great Cats All whose names start with “Z”, a Goathouse Adopter and Supporter

Winter Heating Bill Assistance Still Needed

The last couple of nights have been the coldest of the year here so far in our part of North Carolina with more winter weather ahead. Outside in the bitterly cold wind, I wondered about the wild, lost and stray animals burrowed away trying to stay warm.

The buildings at the Goathouse, from the main refuge to intake, the kitten cabana, and the infirmary, keep the cats safe and warm in the winter months. To keep them warm in the hills of rural Chatham County, we rely upon propane to heat the facilities. The propane gas bills are always head-shakingly high in cold winter days just as our fundraising takes a first of year dip.

We need your help to keep the kitties warm during these cold dark days while we wait on spring. For the next few weeks, we will need $5,000 to help pay for the gas. Any assistance form $5 to $500 will help us keep the heat going.
Thank you for helping us help the kitties.
Helena Openshaw

Goathouse 2021 Calendars Still Available!

We still have a few 2021 Goathouse Refuge Calendars!
What a great way to kick off your day by enjoying all the cute kittens pictured on different days throughout each month.

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.

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!
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