January 2, 2013. Pittsboro, North Carolina. . One of the 40 or so cats that live in the private home of Ms. Scarpa sits in the kitchen.. 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..