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Thu Jan 10, 2013, 12:54 PM

300 Cats, Yes. Craziness, No.



LIKE her name, Siglinda Scarpa seems to be from another world. And not just Italy, where she was born. But one in which you can hear the animals speak, and everyone gets along.

Ms. Scarpa, 72, lives in a wooden house painted robin’s egg blue, in the middle of an open woodland, with old oaks and pines rising over sandy soil. With its second-story porches covered with the canes of Lady Banks’ roses, Carolina jasmine and wisteria, the house could be something out of a children’s book.

Some people come here to adopt a cat from the Goathouse Refuge, the animal sanctuary she runs, tucked back in the woods. Others come to buy her pottery or ceramic art, which is displayed in the sunny showroom on the first floor of this whimsical house: abstract pieces that evoke storms brewing in the sky; clay roasting pots shaped like squashes, with frogs or artichokes on their lids; or teacups molded like the face of a cat, the lines of cheek and jaw, nose and mouth drawn by a knowing hand.

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IT was a tiny kitten, nearly drowned in a storm, that changed the course of Ms. Scarpa’s life when she was 7.

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Then one night, after she was in bed, her father brought her a tiny gray tabby.

“He lifted up the blanket and put this little frozen thing on my chest,” she said. “I held that kitty with such love. He changed my loneliness. I could understand everything he wanted and he could understand me.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/10/garden/300-cats-and-counting.html

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Reply 300 Cats, Yes. Craziness, No. (Original post)
Liberal_in_LA Jan 2013 OP
MADem Jan 2013 #1
2naSalit Jan 2013 #3
MADem Jan 2013 #5
REP Jan 2013 #2
xchrom Jan 2013 #4
ceile Jan 2013 #6
agracie Jan 2013 #7
2naSalit Jan 2013 #9
agracie Jan 2013 #33
OneGrassRoot Jan 2013 #8
Ikonoklast Jan 2013 #11
OneGrassRoot Jan 2013 #12
agracie Jan 2013 #32
Liberal_in_LA Jan 2013 #13
OneGrassRoot Jan 2013 #14
juajen Jan 2013 #30
joeybee12 Jan 2013 #10
snooper2 Jan 2013 #15
TygrBright Jan 2013 #16
Voice for Peace Jan 2013 #17
Liberal_in_LA Jan 2013 #18
Skip Intro Jan 2013 #19
ReRe Jan 2013 #22
UnrepentantLiberal Jan 2013 #27
Flaxbee Jan 2013 #25
ReRe Jan 2013 #20
littlemissmartypants Jan 2013 #21
malaise Jan 2013 #23
sinkingfeeling Jan 2013 #24
In_The_Wind Jan 2013 #26
hamsterjill Jan 2013 #28
japple Jan 2013 #29
LiberalLovinLug Jan 2013 #31
Iwillnevergiveup Jan 2013 #34

Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 01:05 PM

1. The Old Woman Who Lived in the Shoe...

She had so many kitties she did not know what to do!


Actually, her last name means "shoe" in Italian...!

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Response to MADem (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 01:30 PM

3. But it does seem that she does know what to do.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 01:41 PM

5. And she's not mean to them, either!

She gave them some broth without any bread;
Then whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 01:30 PM

2. Great article. Thanks for posting!

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 01:37 PM

4. Du rec. Nt

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 01:44 PM

6. what a beautiful lady!

thank you for posting this.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 01:45 PM

7. This is a life well lived. What a lovely story... n/t

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Response to agracie (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 01:49 PM

9. She ceratinly has

the life I have dreamed of... house in the woods, lots of kitties to love and making pottery. *sigh*

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 07:16 PM

33. Oh my, yes... a dream come true... n/t

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 01:47 PM

8. That's not far from me.

I'm going to visit Goathouse Refuge and this wonderful soul.

The way it's described, I may never leave....


K&R

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 01:58 PM

11. Please do, I would love to hear back.

Souls like hers are rarely found on this ball of rock.

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Response to Ikonoklast (Reply #11)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 02:01 PM

12. I agree! I'm going very soon for sure. :)

I can't believe I'd never heard of this sanctuary before. I will definitely report back. Wish I had a camera or a phone with a camera; maybe I can get one. I may go tomorrow -- I love Ms. Scarpa and The Goathouse Refuge already!

BTW, for anyone on Facebook, here is their Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/TheGoathouseRefuge?group_id=0



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Response to OneGrassRoot (Reply #12)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 07:12 PM

32. Please please report back ! n/t

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 02:12 PM

13. I would love to hear back also.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #13)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 02:16 PM

14. Thank you for the post, Liberal_in_LA!

I'm very grateful.

I'll be sure to let you know after visiting.



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Response to OneGrassRoot (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 04:01 PM

30. I wanna go too. Kitties, doggies, and clay! Heaven.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 01:53 PM

10. KNR!!!

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 02:19 PM

15. The look on that cats face LOL, begs for a caption..

"I get theze a lot"


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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 02:21 PM

16. The longer I live, the more convinced I become that animals are here to teach us how to be human n/t

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 02:23 PM

17. that's my fantasy life and I can't imagine

why any cats would want to be adopted out, once they're there.


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Response to Voice for Peace (Reply #17)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 02:32 PM

18. pics from other website







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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #18)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 02:37 PM

19. That's awesome. nt

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #18)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 02:46 PM

22. Wow! You just won't quit...

...delighting us with kitties... Kittyville, USA. Those are some well-cared for cats. I'm so happy for them!

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #18)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 03:36 PM

27. It's a cat paradice.

 

We have five cats so my house looks like that sometimes.

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Response to Voice for Peace (Reply #17)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 03:15 PM

25. If I had the money, no doubt that's what I'd do...

I don't know how I could ever turn any away, though, so I imagine I'd be overrun in about 30 seconds. I'd empty every kill shelter in the world if I could...

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 02:43 PM

20. Those two are in a trance!

A trance of pure-tee love and all around mutual affection. Thanks, Liberal_in_LA, for bringing this article that has brightened our day!

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 02:45 PM

21. I love her. n/t

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 02:51 PM

23. Beautiful

Thanks

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 03:09 PM

24. Loved the slide show.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 03:29 PM

26. Bless her heart.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 03:58 PM

28. Lovely story.

I cringe when I see animal "Hoarders" on television because those types of shows tend to create such a negative image of anyone with more than a couple of pets. There are plenty of people who are capable and financially able to care for larger numbers.

This lady is obviously a great example. Kudos to her for being able (and daring enough!) to live her life the way she wishes, and do some good in the process.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 03:58 PM

29. What a lovely woman and a great story. Thank you

for this, L_I_LA. This is my fantasy, too.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 04:45 PM

31. Cats..........Pottery..........

Not a good mix.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 07:42 PM

34. Well, this story made my day

It has a dream-like quality to it, but the work Ms. Scarpa is doing is hard and never-ending. Bless her! Now where is my beautiful orange and white kitty Georgy who showed up in my yard as a tiny feral kitten 10 years ago....gotta give him another hug!

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