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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

Goathouse Refuge Temporarily Closed to Visitors

The Goathouse Refuge continues to be closed to all outside guests beyond essential staff due to the current COVID19 situation and for the safety of our staff. If you are interested in adopting from us, please complete our online adoption application and you will be contacted to schedule an appointment.
Please stay safe and we look forward to seeing you soon!

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:

Sunday, Sept. 13th is Siglinda’s Birthday!


We would like you all to join us in wishing her a very happy birthday!

We are so glad that she is able to spend her special day at home with all of her fur babies who are helping her heal from the surgery.

She has done so much to help animals throughout her lifetime and is definitely a very special and unique person.

If you would like to make a donation in honor of her birthday, we would love to surprise her with it and know that she will appreciate it very much. Thank you!   https://www.goathouserefuge.org/donate/

Sustainers’ Matching Gift Challenge

Update on a special cat:
Tiny Tina


In June a small tuxedo 3-month-old kitten arrived at the Goathouse Refuge with two broken legs and a fractured hip! So adorable and so sweet. In most animal rescues or shelters, she would have, without much veterinary consultation, been put out of her misery.


Volunteers took her to the Goathouse vet for x-rays and consulted a specialty surgeon who determined the injuries were correctable. She would be able to be a kitten, full of life, and hopefully a long playful life. The team and volunteers at the Goathouse created a GoFundMe page and raised funds for the surgery. Another previous adopter agreed to foster her and work with her on her recovery. This is the Goathouse!


Now three months later, Tiny Tina had her surgery and is recovering. Her foster father fell in love and permanently adopted Tina. Her new dad is a musician with a drum set and Tina likes to play the kick drum! Please help us continue to take in kitties like Tiny Tina who just need a second chance.

Your generous donation each month will help us to feed these animals, administer medications, provide veterinary care, and attend to their daily physical needs. Please consider becoming a Monthly Sustainer now and allow us to help more Tiny Tinas! Any amount from $5 to $500 per month will help us continue our mission.
To become a Monthly Sustainer, click:  https://www.goathouserefuge.org/become-a-sustainer/
Or to make a one time donation, click:  https://www.goathouserefuge.org/donate/

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

Petco Holiday Wishes Campaign -Help Us Earn $100,000!-Only 1 more day to submit your story!

Has yoImage may contain: cat and textur Goathouse Refuge cat changed your life? Has your cat given you much needed companionship during the pandemic?  Has he or she eased your stress? Did you adopt to have a companion while working from home?
Share your story and help us earn $100,000 this holiday season!
The Petco Foundation, together with BOBS from Skechers, want to know all the ways, big and small, that your adopted pet has changed your life for the better. Winning stories will receive up to a $100,000 Holiday Wishes grant award for their adoption organization PLUS winning adopters will receive a Petco shopping spree and BOBS from Skechers shoes!
Submit your Holiday Wishes story by September 23!
1. If you’ve adopted from The Goathouse Refuge, share how your cat changes your life for the better each and every day. Write your story in 500 words or less.
2. Upload at least four photos to support your story: one photo of your cat by him/herself, one photo of you or your family with your cat and two additional photos. You can add video too to help illustrate the bond between you and your pet. Visit http://petcofoundation.org/holidaywishes to read prior year’s winning entries and get some inspiration. Remember, good stories will show how your cat changed your life.
3. Include our organization’s contact information so that we can be eligible for a grant award:
• The Goathouse Refuge
• Siglinda Scarpa
• goathouserefugeofficemanager@gmail.com
• (919) 542-6815
• EIN: 26-0893521
4. Use the same link as above http://petcofoundation.org/holidaywishes to submit your story.
Winners will be announced during the holiday season. Finalists will receive a Petco shopping spree up to $1,000 and BOBS from Skechers shoes, and the organization they adopted from will receive a grant award ranging from $5,000 up to $100,000!

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”

Help Us Help Them! Medical Fund

We need your help more than ever! Any amount is appreciated! 

The Goathouse Refuge has many special needs kitties and we need your help with medical care for some of them. We have several kittens with FIP that require many medications and special treatment in order to stay healthy and alive. Foxy (pictured) is one of the FIP babies.  She is adorable, very sweet and so courageous… the refuge believes we can help heal these sweet babies but it is expensive and we hope you can help us help them! Any amount is appreciated and we will keep you updated on their progress!

We have set up a gofundme page for their medical fund and you can donate at gf.me/u/yp5b5f

The Goathouse Refuge is dedicated to providing cage-free care for cats regardless of age, medical issues or disposition until a permanent loving adoptive home can be found. We rescue cats that most shelters and other rescues won’t. We believe every cat deserves a chance at a happy and healthy life. Will you help us help them?


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