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Pittsboro Animal Refuge Adoption Event to Offer ‘World’s Best’ Pizza

Come enjoy a world-famous culinary treat, “La Pizza Di Pulcinella” during a very special animal adoption event on Saturday, October 17 from 1-6 pm.

Pittsboro, NC, September 16, 2009 --( Have you ever been to Napoli, the very heart of Southern Italy, and tasted the original “World’s Best” pizza Margherita? It’s a delectable treat of warm, crispy crust, sweet tomato sauce, basil and creamy mozzarella that can only be found in one of those tiny pizzerias with windows that open to the vibrant street life and a view to Mount Vesuvio.

Until you embark on that Italian adventure, the closest thing locally to authentic Neapolitan pizza is baked in the wood-fired oven on the grounds of The Goathouse Refuge, and it’s best enjoyed in the wonderful gardens adjacent to the Refuge.

On Saturday, October 17 from 1 to 6 pm, The Goathouse Refuge in Pittsboro, Chatham County's non-profit, no-kill animal sanctuary, will be open for an afternoon celebration featuring authentic Neapolitan pizza, “La Pizza Di Pulcinella.” Visitors are invited to meet animals available for adoption, enjoy lively music and savor a taste of that world famous pizza.

Guests will be transported to Italy by traditional Italian folk music from Larry Vellani and his band. The afternoon will also include music from DJ Floyd and tours of The Goathouse Refuge, art gallery and gardens.

Guests will enjoy cooking demonstrations by Refuge founder Siglinda Scarpa while the pizza is prepared, baked and sold by the slice or by the pie to be enjoyed in the Refuge gardens. Guests also have the option to take pizzas home for later baking.

It’s a short trip to the Refuge, and tables, chairs and parking will be plentiful. For more information and directions, visit or call (919) 542-6815.

About Siglinda Scarpa and The Goathouse Refuge: A Dream Realized

According to her good friend and fellow artist Raymond Anderson, describing Siglinda Scarpa ( is like "trying to sew a button on a butterfly in flight, or, when it comes to her fierce defense of animal and human rights, on a hornet.”

Italian-born Scarpa's dream of an animal sanctuary began at a young age.
"When I was a little girl, my father came home with a wet and cold little gray tabby cat and put him under the blankets in my bed. I warmed him up and kept him on my heart until he started purring. That was where he slept for the rest of his life. I called him Muci."

When later, Muci became sick, Scarpa made many bicycle trips to the veterinarian, but she was unable to save his life. After her loss, Scarpa began to bring home and care for as many cats as her mother would allow.

"I formulated a dream for an animal refuge where no cat would be euthanized unless it was suffering with no hope of recovery,” recalls Scarpa. “The refuge would be a place where even cats that were unadoptable could live in comfort, with the care, attention and love they deserve. No cat would be refused due to age, illness or disposition. The cats would be cage-free. Groups of cats would live in large rooms, where they could roam and play without restraint. And, of course, all of the cats would be given human attention and interaction, along with high-quality food and on-site medical care."

Scarpa relocated to Pittsboro, North Carolina, in 1996 and finally realized her dream by founding The Goathouse Refuge, a non-profit, no-kill cat sanctuary. The Refuge provides food, shelter and medical care to over 200 cats surrendered by their owners or otherwise abandoned by society. All of the Refuge cats are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and tested for feline leukemia/FIV.

The Goathouse Refuge is funded through sales of Siglinda's pottery, adoption donations and generous gifts from the community, and is staffed almost entirely by volunteers. In addition to her large family of cats, Siglinda cares for several goats, chickens, a turkey, guinea hens, geese and dogs.

"It is therapy for all parties involved," says Scarpa of the work done at The Goathouse Refuge. "The cats become wonderful family members and the volunteers work tirelessly to help creatures with no voice.”

“Our ultimate goal is to find a loving home for the many cats who are suitable for adoption and to offer sanctuary at the refuge for as long as they need it to those who cannot be placed,” said Scarpa. “The Refuge is designed so that cats can enjoy a comfortable life in a cage free environment while awaiting adoption."

To learn more about The Goathouse Refuge, including volunteer and donor opportunities, visit or call (919) 542-6815.

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The Goathouse Refuge
Brenna Sowder
(919) 932-9985

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