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Goathouse Refuge: Cat crusader finds homes for hundreds of felines

Siglinda Scarpai and her Goathouse Refuge were featured on the Today show this morning.

Here’s the segment, if you missed it or want to watch it again. The sanctuary’s website went down under the crush of hits following the show, but is back up now. You can also visit and “Like” The Goathouse refuge at Facebook, and read their blog.

At her tranquil, nonprofit animal sanctuary tucked away on 16 acres in North Carolina, Siglinda Scarpa is living out her lifelong dream of rescuing hundreds of cats and kittens, finding permanent homes for many and caring for others that can’t be adopted. TODAY’s Jill Rappaport reports.

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    March 8, 2013 7:33 amPosted 2 years ago
    Nancy Robison

    cat house on the kings (Lynea Lattanzio)has already done it. not to take away from her but really..and the woman from today show.. goodness she was awful.she almost kissed this woman’s feet. it was majorly disgusting..I mean please

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      March 8, 2013 9:43 amPosted 2 years ago
      Editor (Author)

      Hi Nancy,
      Yes, the piece was fawning and short on substance. It brought attention to the sanctuary, though, and reminded the general public of the need for such places.

      You mentioned that the piece made you think of Cat House on the Kings. It made me think of Cat House on the Kings, too, as well as Rikki’s Refuge, in Virginia. I’d love to see Rikki’s in a nationally broadcast feature, but I think Rikki’s director Kerry Hilliard would want to be portrayed in a more down to earth manner.

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    March 9, 2013 11:07 amPosted 2 years ago
    Tasha Pate

    I am a volunteer for the Goathouse Refuge, and it is an incredible place. I am well aware of Cat House on the Kings, which has received national television coverage, but this is the first time for the Goathouse, and we really need the support. As Siglinda said in the feature, it takes thousands and thousands of dollars EVERY month to care for the cats. As far as the tone of the piece, if it was “fawning”, that was choice of the producers, not Siglinda. She told her story because she was asked to by the interviewer. If they had asked her about the plight of animals in NC, where we still have gas chambers, she would have talked passionately about that. The volunteers and staff of the Goathouse were thrilled with this national attention–we love our sanctuary, and Siglinda is an amazing woman, and the most dedicated person I have ever known.

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      March 9, 2013 12:00 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Editor (Author)

      Hi Tasha,
      I know that Cat House on the Kings has had significant national exposure … with a special feature on National Geographic Channel, for example.

      I personally made the connection between Goathouse Refuge and Rikki’s Refuge, which is similarly lesser known and, while extremely well run, also has to constantly keep raising money to meet month to month expenses. For efforts like these two there are two huge ongoing tasks – providing top care for the array of animals and paying the bills.

      I was v ery pleased to see Goathouse Refuge get the attention that comes with a Today segment, and I am certain it is well deserved. Otherwise, I would not have shared the story.

      If Jill Rappaport went down to Rikki’s and fawned all over Kerry it would be great!

      Thanks for writing.

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    March 13, 2013 9:58 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lloyd R Linn

    On the Today Show ,if I am not mistaken, it showed Shiglinda working on a potters wheel making pottery, if this is true is that pottery for sale?

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      March 13, 2013 10:07 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Tasha Pate

      Yes, she sells her pottery locally. The only piece she currently sells online is her cat mug. You can go to the Goathouse website and look for it under “shop”.


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