January 2, 2013. Pittsboro, North Carolina.. Siglinda Scarpa plays with some of the cats outside the main refuge building where there is over an acre of fenced in grounds for the hundreds of cats to play and roam. . 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..