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

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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

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 email: goathouserefugeoffice@gmail.com and please be aware that a 24 hr notice is required.  Stay safe and we’ll see you soon!

A DESPERATE PLEA FROM THE GOATHOUSE REFUGE in this desperate fall time of year!

All of us have struggled with the impact of the pandemic, from financial to mental stress, individually and with our families.  Compounding this has been the many months of national unrest and controversies leading up to the elections this next month.  No wonder we as a nation and as family and friends are tired, worried and distracted! 

Our team of cat care givers are facing their own family health and financial issues, but they still come to the Goathouse to perform their duties, seven days a week!  Caring for the cats cannot be done from home!  It requires a full team of people to feed, change litter, adjust bedding, and administer medications.  

Unfortunately, the Goathouse has been operating without an emergency reserve.  You helped us out when the Covid-19 pandemic first reared its frightening head the past March.  Things were all right until August when our donations suddenly fell almost in half!  Normally this time of year people are beginning to think about holidays and end-of-year gifting and generosity is in the air.  We hope this will be the case this year—perhaps once we get past this riveting first week of November.  For now though, we need to desperately reach out to you our Goathouse friends and family.  Without your help our funding is not enough to get through to the next several weeks!  

Please look past the news and see the faces of the cats and kittens, young and old, cute and ‘odd looking’ , healthy and a little infirm:  we desperately need your help to pay for their care now.


We appreciate all the support you have provided to the Goathouse over the years, but we need to ask for additional support.  Any additional contributions; small or large; one time or recurring; are much needed and will do a lot to help us through this difficult time.

We know that you value the work the Goathouse Refuge does in saving lives that otherwise probably would not get a second chance. So please share with your friends, family and other animal lovers in hopes that they will find it in their hearts to help in any way they can for the cats!

Can you please consider donating now?  https://www.goathouserefuge.org/donate/

   All the best,
Jeff Vojta
               Helena Openshaw

Goathouse Refuge Annual Day of Giving with $25,000 Match!

Two very generous donors agreed to match funds raised in our new Goathouse Refuge Annual Day of Giving and $25,000 Match Campaign! It was created in honor of Siglinda’s recent birthday and to help us get much needed funds for all the recent vet care, general operation costs, and for some infrastructure needs. Any amount will help because even $10 will now become $20!! We appreciate your generosity and thank you for all your support! Have a purrrfect day!

Jeff, Helena, Susan, Julie, Randy, Meredith, Judy, and Cindy

To make a matching donation, Click on Donate button :             

Or to become a Monthly Sustainer, click on Subscribe button:  

CARES Act and Charitable Giving


The remaining months of 2020 provide an extraordinary opportunity to donate to the Goathouse Refuge and other charities of your choice and reap some of the same highly favorable benefits afforded corporations and the very wealthy.


—-This includes cash and in kind contributions to qualified charities, such as the Goathouse Refuge. It also includes 100% of the market
value of donations of your appreciated stock or 100% of the donation of your required minimum distribution from your tax qualified
retirement account (IRA or 401-k).

*You should be sure to consult your financial advisor or tax professional for advice as to your particular circumstances

Help Us Help Them Medical Fund

What is FIP?
Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) is a viral disease that occurs in both wild and domesticated cats. It is a type of coronavirus that attacks the intestinal walls and linings of the infected cat. Up until recently it was considered a fatal illness in merely a few weeks with no known treatments.

This all changed during the last few years with investigational treatments by researchers at Kansas State University, Wichita State University, and the University of California, Davis utilizing a drug similar to Remdesivir – the antiviral currently under investigation as a promising treatment for COVID-19 in humans.

This is both good news and bad. Great that there appears to be a highly effective series of treatments to allow these cats to live a long healthy life. FIP is NO LONGER a death sentence. The bad news is that it is extremely limited now with the stockpiling of Remdesivir for humans and the Covid 19 pandemic.It is expensive.

Most animal rescues would euthanize a cat infected with FIP. But not the Goathouse! When our team heard two kittens were about to be euthanized with FIP, our team jumped into action. We took in these cats and started treatments. However, the supply of the needed drug is in short supply. We scraped by needed funds and started a separate Go Fund Me Page to raise additional funds. This is the Goathouse!

The prognosis for our FIP babies, Miss Foxy and Rosemarino, is steadily improving. Through your generous donations we are hoping to see these kittens adopted into their forever homes. It’s through the efforts of our team and dedicated volunteers that we help the doomed cats find refuge and permanent homes.

Your generous donation each month will help us to feed these animals, obtain and administer medications, provide veterinary care, and attend to their daily physical needs. Please consider becoming a Monthly Sustainer to allow us to help more FIP Babies! Any amount from $5 to $500 per month will help us continue our mission. Thank you for helping us help the cats at the Refuge!
Helena Openshaw and Jeff Vojta
To make a matching donation, Click on Donate button :             

Or to become a Monthly Sustainer, click on Subscribe button:  

Or consider donating using our Go Fund Me Page:                             

Sustainers’ Matching Gift Challenge Update

It’s been three weeks since we launched our Sustainers’ Matching Gift Challenge and are excited to report we are over 1/3 of the way to getting our $5,000 Bonus Donation!

The Challenge was simple. For new and increased sustainers, a generous donor has provided us a bonus contribution of $5,000 to increase our monthly sustainers level from $9,000 to $12,000 per month. We have a few more weeks to hit our goal and collect the bonus!

Your generous donation each month will help us to feed these animals, administer medications, provide veterinary care, and attend to their daily physical needs. Any amount from $5 to $500 per month will help us continue our mission by using the Subscribe link below.

Thank you for helping us help the cats at the Refuge!
Helena Openshaw and Jeff Vojta

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

Or to make a one time donation, Click on Donate and follow instructions on our website:

Smitten For Kittens! Spay & Neuter Fundraiser Hosted by Cat Tales Cat Cafe

Our wonderful partner and friends at Cat Tales Cat Cafe are hosting a spay & neuter fundraiser for the Goathouse kittens!

Please check out the details of this fundraiser to see what an amazing opportunity we all currently have with The Humane Society of the Piedmont for the kittens. https://tinyurl.com/smittenforkittens


Every kitten has to be completely vetted before it can go to the cat cafe and potentially find a forever family. so please help get these kittens across the finish line so they can find their FURREVER homes!For more information, or to send a payment directly, please contact them at info@cattalescatcafe.com

New Article on Siglinda and the Goathouse Refuge in the Chatham News & Record

Check out the article on Siglinda and the Goathouse in the local paper this week!

Thank you Chatham News & Record for the terrific article.
“A place of love, hope, and art for its owner and inhabitants”

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