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.

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

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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

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Gigi is at the Goathouse now

This was a courtesy listing, but Gigi has come to the Goathouse now. Please come meet her soon!

Update: Gigi went into a foster home. We hope it turns into a forever home for the shy sweet girl.


Gigi needs a new home. She is 7 years old and lived in an indoor-only home. She is spayed and up-to-date on all vaccines.

Her owner writes:

"Gigi is a weird little cat that I personally rescued, seven years ago, from a parking garage in Chapel Hill. At the time, I took her to the Orange County SPCA and asked them to contact me if they couldn't find her a home - she didn't appeal to anybody so I took her back.

She's a shy cat who generally likes to stay in her comfortable "spots" - some out in the open, some more hidden. She gets along fine with the other cats and actually seems the happiest playing with the other cats. While she seems a little feral/shy, she doesn't swat or bite...she only hisses until you pet her, then she purrs. She was diagnosed with a heart condition early-on and prescribed medication. However, the process of trying to give her the medication only made her more reclusive, so we stopped.

I've attached some pictures. You'll notice one of her weird behaviors - if you take her into a smaller, closed room, she likes to jump on your shoulders. I learned this when trying to give her the heart medication years ago. I need to re-home this cat because my girlfriend has given an ultimatum."

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Cat of the Week: Beth

Beth is an absolute beauty! Super soft with fabulous markings, she's a sweet young girl who really wants a home of her very own. Beth is a little bit stressed about being around so many other cats at the refuge, and we are doing our best to help her feel safe. She gets along fine with older, laid-back kitties, but rambunctious cats make her grumpy. Beth would love to go to a home where she is the only kitty, but she'd also be okay living with one or two other calm, non-threatening cats. She hopes her human best friend will come for her soon! Approx DOB 2010.

See more photos of Beth.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Happy Anniversary, Polly!

Thank you to Karen for sending us an update about this sweet kitty:

Polly (formerly known as Baby or BabyBird) has been living with us for about a year now, and I thought you might like to see some updated pictures of her. She is still very talkative and will trill and mew at you when you talk to her. Sometimes I hear her talking to herself. She enjoys following us around and watching the wildlife from the window, and will sleep on the bed between our feet at night. She is the only cat I have ever known, however, who does not respond at all to a laser pointer. She just looks at me as if to ask why I am doing such an odd thing.

The first picture is a little dark, but it shows her nestling with me, which she loves to do. She's also kneading her feet, I think, which is another thing she does when she's very happy.

The second one is her perching on the back of our sofa. She likes to look outside from there and stalk wildlife, and, of course, she enjoys the soft blankets!

In the last one she is showing off her belly. She likes to do this to get our attention. Sometimes she'll groom like that, in which case she rolls from one side to the other, depending where she's grooming.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Happy Tails: Velcro

We love Happy Tails!

A note from Velcro's new family:

We adopted Velcro (now it's Catrah) and she has been a wonderful addition to our family. She has won over our hearts as well as the other pets in the house. A favorite game of hers is to attack the German Shepard's tail until she gets chased. We also found her and our older cat sleeping together last night.

Thank you so much, she is a wonderful little kitten and we adore her.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

June and July Adoptions

Thank you SO much to everyone who opened their hearts and homes to a Goathouse kitty!


Scarlett + Rhett
Mason + Twiglet
Miles + Solo

A beautiful photo of Charlie in his new home~

Charlie in his technicolor glory

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Cat of the Week: Cammie

It's not easy being a black cat. Black cats are often overlooked by people interested in adopting, and sometimes it's hard to tell them apart. But our Cammie has several things that help her stand out from the large black cat crowd at the Refuge. First are her vivid green eyes, so lovely. Next there's her meow, which has been compared to a frog's croak.

Then there's the fact that she always wants to be where the action is, so we tend to see her a lot. And lastly, there's the fact that almost every visitor to the Refuge who meets Cammie asks, Is that cat pregnant? Cammie would like everyone to know that she's NOT pregnant and NOT fat, she's just fluffy!

Please consider adding Cammie to your family. She's a wonderful girl. Approx. DOB March 2008

See more photos of charming Cammie.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Happy Tails: Mason and Twiglet

A note and some cute photos from the family who adopted kittens Mason and Twiglet (now named Mason and Lee).

Dear friends at the Goathouse Refuge,

The kittens are settling in nicely. They spent a bit of time exploring their room and getting comfortable yesterday, and playtime started shortly after that. I took today off from work to spend more time with them. They are eating and drinking well, and their tummies have settled from the move. They are adorable and have brought great joy to our home.

Thank you!