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.


In the News

A Special Visit to the Goathouse with Katzenworld – April 2018

Goathouse Refuge Featured in New Book – March 2018

The Goathouse Refuge saves a tiny kitten from a kill shelter – June, 2016

The Goathouse Refuge sets record number of adoptions for 2014 – January, 2015

Five Minutes to Heartbreak – don’t dump you cat to go on vacation – July, 2014

Man Opens Shooting Range Next To Cat Refuge: Internet Gets Angry – June 20, 2014

Siglinda’s cooking pots are mentioned by an article in the Wall Street Journal – May 2, 2014

Cupid of the Goathouse Refuge is featured in Life With Cats – February 6, 2014


Pie and Pets Pizza Event Fundraiser Pictures at – August 3, 2013

Garden Gourmands Fundraiser Pictures at – May 19, 2013

Story broadcast on WGHP (Greensboro- High Point) by Bob Buckley – April 25, 2013

Goathouse Refuge Video on NBC’s Today Show – March 7, 2013

Goathouse Refuge on Time Warner Cable News 14 – February 21, 2013

Animal advocates work to reduce euthanasia rates, News & Observer – Raleigh, NC – January 12, 2013

300 Cats, Yes. Craziness, No., New York Times – New York, NY – January 10, 2013

Meet Siglinda Scarpa, a Cat-Loving Artist Who Opened Goathouse Refuge – September 28, 2012

Making New Friends (an article about volunteering at the Goathouse, September 1, 2012)

Real Nurses
UNC Health Care – Chapel Hill, NC – July 25, 2012
An RN in the Newborn Critical Care Center at UNC Hospitals spends a lot of her time outside the hospital taking care of hundreds of cats at an animal sanctuary

Children Find Calm and Companionship at Pittsboro Cat Refuge
News & Observer – Raleigh, NC – May 6, 2012

UNC Students Partner with Cat Refuge
Reesenews – Chapel Hill, NC – February 1, 2012

A Place to Call Home
Animal Wellness Magazine – January 31, 2012

The Story with Dick Gordon (around the 40 minute mark)
WUNC-FM – Chapel Hill, NC – January 19, 2012

Shelter Cat Care Questioned – Chapel Hill News, May 25, 2011
Chatham County’s privately run Goathouse Refuge, for instance, runs a small “cat house” with multiple places to hide and sleep; kittens live in a screened-in area. The cats also have the run of a fenced-in portion of the wooded property during the day.

The Healing Power of Pets Siglinda’s email to The People’s Pharmacy, April 2011

Amazing Magic at Goathouse Refuge The Triangle, March 2011

Cats Roam Free at the Goathouse Refuge The Examiner – October 31, 2010

The Goathouse Refuge, Cage-Free Cat Sanctuary Love Meow, October 7, 2010

The Cats Meow – Letter to the Editor
Chapel Hill News – Chapel Hill, NC – August 18, 2010

Nikolai Featured in “Least Likely to Be Adopted”
Independent Weekly – Durham, NC – August 2010

Shelby Featured in “Cat Shelters Stretched Thin”
News & Observer – Raleigh, NC – October 31, 2009

Rivers Agency: Giving Back in Creative Ways May 28, 2009


Presented by UNC Health Care, July 2012


Presented by UNC-TV, March 2011

This was captured just moments after we opened the gate for the first time so that our cats could enjoy their new, 3-acre enclosure!

Taken by Raleigh News & Observer staff writer Sara Peach during the summer of 2008.

30 Seconds in the Life of a Goathouse Refuge Kitty

Additional video of cats on the refuge grounds available on our Flickr page.

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