The Goathouse Refuge is a 501(c)3 non-profit no-kill animal sanctuary dedicated to providing care and finding homes for hundreds of homeless cats. We are located in Pittsboro, NC, and are open daily from 12 - 3:30.

Friday, December 30, 2011

December Adoptions

Congratulations to the 19 cats and kittens who found forever homes in December!

Belinda, Stewart + Selena (3 kittens from the same litter who went to a new home together)
Sawyer + Queenie
Antalya + O'Leary
Peggy + Butternut
Brice + Brock

Pancho and his new owner:

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Cat of the Week: Mia

We'd like to introduce you to the lovely Mia who would love to have a home of her own for the holidays.

Mia isn't a special needs cat (she's completely healthy) and she's not a black cat (in fact, she has very unique tabby fur, light grey with some peach swirled in). What makes Mia less likely to be adopted is the fact that she's six years old. She's by no means a senior citizen cat, but most people want to adopt kittens. Kittens are wonderful too, but there are many reasons why an older cat like Mia would be a perfect addition to your family.

Mia is an experienced house cat whose human family was forced to give her up. She will make a graceful transition into your home and lap; she won't climb the curtains or jump on the bed at night while you're trying to sleep. She's just as affectionate as a younger cat and she does enjoy playing, but she's more mellow. And as you can see, she's a true beauty with gorgeous eyes and a sweet face.

It's not easy for a cat like Mia to be uprooted from her home and moved into a refuge situation with so many other cats and new people. Mia was a little bit sad and homesick at first, but she's making the best of it and has settled into Refuge life. She enjoys relaxing on the futon in the Studio building and lying in the sun outside. She's so very sweet and grateful for all the petting and love she gets from volunteers and visitors. Please consider opening your heart and your home to Mia.

View more photos of beautiful Mia.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Happy Tails: Moon and Lorena

Kittens Lorena and Moon are getting big! They went to a family with three fun little boys. Everyone is doing great and are very happy. The cats don't sleep with the boys but do enjoy playing with them.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Cat of the Week: Gabriella

Gabriella is an extremely cute grey girl with a white locket on her chest. She has an adorable round face, big round eyes, and round body, very huggable. She's a little bit shy at first, but if you hang out and listen to her while she tells you all about her day (this girl loves to chat!), she'll become your friend and let you pet her. Then she'll follow you around. She's got the most lovely green eyes and did we mention how cute and round she is?!

She must have some British Shorthair or Chartreux relatives because her round cheeks, stocky build, and beautiful blue-grey coat are dead ringers for characteristics of those breeds. Once you have earned her trust, Gabriella will make a great little best friend and housecat. Come meet her soon!

See more photos plus videos of Gabriella.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

November Adoptions

Congratulations to the 10 kitties adopted in November!

Sarge and Lara
Linda and Alice
Mario and Marcelo
Avery and Binx

Linda and Alice on adoption day:

Cats of the Week: Henrietta and Matilda

These gorgeous sisters arrived at the Refuge in the summer of 2010 after their owner had to move to the UK for his job. They are experienced house cats who will be a perfect pair of feline companions for some lucky person.

Henrietta is a calico girl with a white chest and unique markings; Matilda is a tiny tortie with a sweet face and beautiful green eyes. Both of them are friendly cats who love people, attention, and treats!. Henrietta is easy-going and very sweet while Matilida has got some charming tortie feistiness in her. They were so scared when they arrived at the refuge; they are doing better now but in their heart of hearts, they really want to be family house cats again.  Please give Matilda and Henrietta a second chance at a forever home - they would love to come home with you and provide unconditional kitty love! DOB October 2008.

See more photos of Matilda and Henrietta!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Cat of the Week: Ears

This gentle eight-year-old tabby girl really needs a friend. Change isn't easy for any cat and seems to be harder for a middle-aged girl like Ears. She's been through a lot the past few months; she lost her home through no fault of her own, found herself on death row in a public shelter, and then came to the Goathouse. Being in a new place with so many other cats has stressed her out and she stopped eating; she's fragile and bony right now but will eat when someone pets her or holds her. We're keeping her in a cage so we can monitor her health and food intake.

Someone loved this cat very much at some point in her life; you can tell by how affectionate she is and how much she appreciates attention from people. She loves being petted and held, and has a prize-winning purr. Ears really needs a foster home (or better yet, a forever home) with a patient loving person who will help her feel safe and make sure she eats (and syringe feed her if necessary). Please call us if you are willing to open your home and your heart to this sweet tabby girl.

See more photos of Ears.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Happy Tails: Girasole

We love Happy Tails! Photos and an update from Girasole's new mom:


Girasole has evolved from a shy, unsure little boy to a rather confident cat testing the boundaries in his new home with his new friend, Meat Loaf.

He is very curious, follows me everywhere and has been sleeping on the bed with us from the first night. He still has quite a bit of kitten in him, as evidenced by his late-night playtime with his new toys and circle scratchers. A bit of catnip after dinner means a late night for everyone!

Girasole is still learning how far he can go with Meat Loaf, who is 17 and was needing companionship after the loss of her brother. She is taking to him -- slowly. And one day soon I know she will play when Girasole wants, but for now, she allows him to sleep in the bed and on the sofa with her -- as long as she gets to lay on the top in her spot.

Girasole seems to be settling into a contented life here and is relaxed -- no one bothers him and he gets fresh air everyday on our little deck. He is excited when I return from work, eats very well and sometimes enjoys a treat.

Lastly, thanks to everyone at the Goathouse, and especially you Siglinda, for giving us the opportunity to adopt Girasole and give him a second chance. He has been such a blessing in our lives. THANK YOU to everyone who cared for Girasole and made sure he was safe.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

October Adoptions

Congratulations to the Goathouse cats who found homes in October!!


Indy + Blue
Levi (his foster home became a forever home)
Amber (went to a foster home)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Kittens of the Week

Meet Ashe, Logan, Rusty, Joey, and Chiclet!

These five adorable male kittens are living in a foster home but are available for adoption through the Goathouse Refuge. If you would like to meet any/all of these babies, please call or email the Goathouse office, and their foster mom will arrange a time to bring them to the Goathouse. DOB June 2011.

Ashe and Logan
These tuxedo brothers "sing" for their supper. Where the other kitties meow when they want something, Logan and Ashe have a very extended meow that sounds a bit like an aria. They are nearly mirror images of each other and do everything together, including sleep, and they must be adopted together.

The short-haired orange tabby is named Rusty. He's a sweetheart.

Joey is a fluffy angora orange tabby who is very sweet and playful, and the most laid back of the bunch.

The mostly white and orange tabby is named Chiclet. He is the comical one.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Happy Tails: Nicodemus, Snappy, and Miro

We love Happy Tails! Here's a report from the family who adopted Nicodemus, Snappy, and Miro.

"I adopted Nicodemus and two kittens on Labor Day weekend and want to let you know that all three of them are doing really well. We changed Miro's name to Saavik, but Snappy is still Snappy and happy. The kittens are best of friends! They often sleep together, eat together, and play together. Saavik often bring out the kitten in Niko with some play wrestling and running around the house; the "old boy" seems to enjoy it.

Nikodemus enjoys sitting on the couch and hanging out on the deck with me. He also likes to snuggle next to my legs in bed, though not every night, and has started to hop into my lap as well as my daughter's. The three kitties bring lots of joy to my household. My kids and I really love them and I already can't imagine life without them--nor do I want to."

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Cat of the Week: Dixie

Meet Dixie, a lovable girl with a white chest and mittens, and thick calico fur the color of autumn leaves. She's such a sweet kitty with a shy, gentle personality. She's not the kind of cat who comes running up and jumps in your lap, but when you approach her, she's happy to see you, and grateful for the petting and attention. Dixie has been at the refuge since 2008, patiently waiting for her person to come. She will make someone a great little friend - maybe that someone could be you?

See more photos of Dixie.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Happy Tails: Gracie and Chris Jr.

A nice note from the family who adopted Gracie and Chris Jr.~

"These are pictures of former Goathouse kitties Gracie and Alfred (formerly known as Chris, Jr. -- honest, he picked the name himself! I called him King Alfred the first night he was home with me in May, and it was the first time he came to me & fell asleep immediately in my lap).

Alfred and Gracie are both just wonderful, hilarious, loving, fun kitties to live with. My older cat, Wick, loves them both too. They make me happy every day, and I try hard to return the favor. Hope you enjoy these, please share as you like!"

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Cat of the Week: Sassy

Sassy is adorable. She's a bright-eyed and sprightly little girl with fabulous grey and white tuxedo markings. An adult cat who is so tiny that she looks more like a kitten, Sassy can be a little bit shy at first, but once you make friends with her, you'll see that she's a gentle and loving girl who enjoys eating treats from your hand and being petted. She's been at the refuge for over a year now and would love to have a home of her very own. Please come meet Sassy soon!

View more photos of Sassy.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

September Adoptions

Thank you to everyone who opened your home and heart to a Goathouse kitty in September!



Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Cat of the Week: Madelena

What a serene and elegant beauty! Madelena is a mostly white calico with unique markings; she has a few orange calico spots on her head and back, and a dark striped tail. Madelena is a calm and quiet kitty who is very sweet and open to affection; she melts right into you when you hold her. This gentle and peaceful girl would love to come curl up happily in your home. Come meet her soon! DOB 2010

See more photos of the lovely Madelena.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Happy Tails: Felix

Felix is doing very well. We renamed him Oberon but for now we call him Obi because Oberon is a big name for such a little kitty.
Here are some photos of him. He forgets to put his tongue away a lot. :)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Kittens of the Week: Jack and Angelica

Jack and Angelica are two of the sweetest, most loving little kittens you'll ever meet. Favorite things include each other, people hugs, purring, and running around the room on little toothpick legs.

This brother and sister pair are adorable; both of them are mostly white with grey markings. Angelica loves to be held. Jack does too, but he's a little more independent. They are regular domestic house cats, but they have short, soft hair and big ears, characteristics of the Cornish Rex breed, which give them an interesting, exotic look. They were hungry and scrawny when they arrived, but they are getting cuter everyday. Sweet sweet kitties. DOB May 2011.

There are over 25 kittens available from the Goathouse right now. A few of them are in foster homes but most are at the Refuge; you can meet them all on the website kitten page. Tell your friends, tell your family, please help us get these babies into loving homes. And come visit us soon for complete Kitten Immersion in the Kitten Cabana!

See more photos of all the Goathouse kittens.

Friday, September 9, 2011

August Adoptions

August was a great month for adoptions. Thank you to everyone who opened your home and heart to a Goathouse kitty!


Einstein and Huxley
Aragorn and Zipper
Mr. Chubbs
Hope, Socks, and Savio


Malcolm and Martin

Foster Homes:


Beautiful Molly was pulled from death row at a public shelter, came to the Goathouse, and was adopted a week later!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Cat of the Week: Commander

Commander is a nice guy! He's a dark orange tabby fellow with golden eyes and a sweet disposition. He enjoys napping and lounging but is always more than happy to accept affectionate petting from a passing human hand! About his name - we don't know the story, but it's a funny name for such a mild-mannered cat. Commander would love to be your best kitty friend. Come meet this little buddy soon.

See more photos of Commander.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Cat of the Week: Playgirl

What a beautiful kitty! Playgirl is a silver-gray tabby with a white chest, and cute white toes and boots. She's a charming young girl who has made a lot of progress overcoming her shyness since she came to the refuge in 2009. She really enjoys being petted now and even comes up to ask for attention. It's been wonderful to watch her become more relaxed and trusting. Playgirl would love to find her human best friend who will give her a happy and loving home. Please come meet her soon! Approx DOB 2008

See more photos of Playgirl.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Happy Tails: Victoria

Thank you to Sarah for sending these sweet photos of Emmy (formerly named Victoria). The shy litte kitty is feeling more comfortable everyday and as you can see, has made herself right at home on the bed!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Cat of the Week: Avery

Avery is looking for love. He gets along fine with other cats, but it's people he is really interested in. When you pet this cat, he gets the sweetest blissed-out look in his eyes. It'll melt your heart to see how grateful this fellow is when you pay attention to him; he just soaks it up like a sponge. Avery loves to cuddle, and is the kind of cat who gets on your lap, nestles right in, and makes it clear that he plans to stay awhile. He's really hoping that someone will pick him out of the large black cat crowd at the refuge and give him a forever home.

Avery is a great guy who is ready and willing to provide unconditional kitty love to his special person. Come meet him soon! DOB 2008.

See more photos of Avery.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Cat of the Week: Ruby

Ruby came to the Refuge in the summer of 2009 when she was a very cute and very shy kitten. She grew up in our kitten room and while all of her little kitten friends got adopted, Ruby remained wary of people and no one adopted her. She's now a beautiful grey and white young adult with a cute black nose. She's still shy but has made progress. Once she gets to know you, she loves for you to pet her and sometimes she even purrs! Ruby would love to meet a patient and kind person who will give her the time, attention, and love she needs. Ruby loves other cats and would enjoy being part of a multiple cat family. Please help Ruby discover her Inner Lapcat! Approx. DOB June 2009

See more photos of Ruby.