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

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

Goathouse News

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.”

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 and Price Reduced!

We still have just 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”.
Priced Reduced to just $10 (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.

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