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January 2, 2013. Pittsboro, North Carolina. . Ms. Scarpa's home is heated by a huge wood stove and has many of the structural elements exposed for the 40 or so cats that live in the house to play on.. Siglinda Scarpa, originally from northern Italy, runs the Goathouse Refuge, a no kill shelter for cats. Scarpa, who is also a ceramic artist, runs the shelter with 5 full time employees and currently has over 260 cats in the refuge..