It would be a horrible shame if this article ends detracting support for the Goathouse Refuge. If this piece keeps people from adopting, volunteering, or donating, then it hurts the cats. This article was not written in the spirit of discussing the issues and challenges that the refuge faces--it was written as an expose to counter all of the national attention that the Goathouse has recently received. "Hoarding? My investigation shows the NYT missed the real story!" the author tweeted yesterday. No, the Goathouse is not a hoarding operation, but that's a snappy attention-getter, isn't it?
I am a current Goathouse volunteer. I have seen the Goathouse evolve since I began volunteering in 2009, and I can say that I believe that it is a safe and nurturing environment for the cats. My family and I have personally rescued eight cats that Siglinda took in, and they received good care and were all adopted out except the most recent one, who has only been there 3 months. Every day Siglinda is inundated with calls, emails, and people just dropping by telling her of cats that need rescue. It is an enormously stressful position that would be difficult for anyone to handle. This article nearly brought me to tears because it paints such a negative portrait of the place I love. It's a portrait that I don't recognize. I know of the problems the Goathouse has had in the past, but lessons have been learned and the Goathouse continues to grow and refine all of the cat care procedures. This is a big rescue operation that needs community support, not condemnation.
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