I live in Atlanta but have been to the Goathouse Refuge several times, and have been donating to them for years. I had 4 cats; two were feral and 2 from rescue groups in Atlanta. The shelter cats had health problems common to shelter cats when I adopted them, but they were loved and cared for by the staff (one had to be bottle-fed) and had been excellent companions for 12 years.
After visiting the Goathouse, I swore that the next cat I adopted would be from Siglinda. I learned so much from her about things you can do to improve the health of cats. The shelter was very clean and the cats had excellent care and having the ability to roam and get exercise is a benefit that shelter cats rarely have.
After my beloved shelter friend died, I adopted a cat from Coweta County the day before he was scheduled to be euthanized. He had been in a tiny cramped cage for over 2 months and spent his first few weeks just stretching and getting his muscle tone back. If he had been at the Goathouse he would have been so much better off. The reason I didn't adopt from Siglinda was that this was an emergency situation, but I think she would approve of the fact that there is one less cat on death row.
I hope people who read this article will recognize the negative slant the writer took and see that it is indeed a worthwhile organization to support. Siglinda is a treasure and has saved hundreds of kitty lives!
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