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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

Safety Tips: Essential Oils and Cats

This time of year, as the air gets dry, many of us turn on our dehumidifiers and essential oil diffusers. If you’re using essential oils in your home, in a diffuser or as a fragrance in a scented candle, for example, you should know that some essential oils can be extremely toxic to cats.

Cats lack an enzyme that helps break down a component of certain oils including those from Cinnamon, Clove, Thyme, Oregano, Savory, Citrus, and Pine. Never diffuse use these oils in a diffuser if you have a cat in your home, and do not pet your cat after using them on your skin. As will all toxic substances, keep them out of reach of all pets and children in your home.

For more information on essential oil toxicity in cats, see: http://meowlifestyle.com/6-essential-oil-safety-tips-for-cat-owners/.

Happy New Year from Our Family to Yours!

Can You Help? Our Cats Need Warm Beds and Litter Boxes

This is the time of year when our cats most appreciate soft, cuddly beds to keep them warm. As part of our intensive cleaning routine, which keeps the Refuge safe and healthy for humans and cats, we wash our beds very frequently and they get tons of use. They break down over time and we never seem to have quite enough. We are specifically looking for the high-sided, fleecy, stuffed cat beds (like this and this, which are easy to care for and extremely popular with our cats.

We also need rectangular, plastic litter pans (like this one).

Donations can be brought to us in person during visiting hours or shipped to us at:

The Goathouse Cat Refuge
680 Alton Alston Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312

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