Standish Humane Society

P.O. Box 634, Duxbury, MA  02331   781-834-4663

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Welcome to Standish Humane Society
Standish Humane Society is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization founded in 1969 dedicated to the care of homeless and needy animals in southeastern Massachusetts. We operate a no-kill shelter and adoption center for cats in Duxbury, MA and a reduced-cost Spay and Neuter Program for dogs and cats. We adopt out an average of 345 cats and kittens annually. Standish Humane is dependent on charitable donations to accomplish our missions.   


Meet our Featured Cat of the Week



Hi, I'm Alex, a rather dignified four-year old gentleman cat who wears a silver grey coat.  I'm named after the conqueror Alexander the Great, and I'm a great cat who wants to conquer your heart.

I had a nice home with a man who was my best friend.  We got along wonderfully and dearly loved each other, but he fell sick with an illness that affected his mind.  He no longer knew me, and he threw me out of our home.  I tried many times to let him know who I was, but he never recognized me again. A neighbor gave me food until I could be taken to Standish.

Standish is lovely place  but I was shy at first, as I often am with strangers. I soon made friends with the volunteers and the other cats. I am gentle, easy going, and partial to catnip.  I also practice my hunting skills by playing with wand toys.  I have been here a while now,and I am an experienced pet looking for love again.

I really need a human companion.  I promise to be the greatest cat I can be if you will just give me a chance to love you and serve as your honored pet.

Respectfully and with love, Alex 




Thank you to all who participated.
Fundraiser at Not Your Average Joe's in Norwell
Fund Raising Event for Standish Humane

Stray Cat Strut 5K Walk/Run   September 22, 2018
We need more runners and walkers to meet our goal. 
 Please join us and tell your friends and family about the event.

Go to Events page for details and to sign up
 Volunteer Sign Up for Stray Cat Strut

Go here

We won! Thanks to all who voted for The Shelter Challenge--Standish Humane Society received the most votes in Massachusetts and we will receive $1000 from The Shelter Challenge. This is a huge accomplishment, we are truly humbled by the support we received from all of you. Our staff, volunteers and cats all THANK YOU!! 

To see all the winners, please click on this link.


Interested in adopting?  Go to Adoptions page to view available cats
 and for online adoption application.
Planet Subaru on Rte 53 in Hanover MA has again chosen Standish Humane Society as one of local charities to be the beneficiaries of Subaru USA's SHARE THE LOVE CAMPAIGN in 2018.  Standish received $22,890. We thank Planet and their customers once again for helping us receive such a generous donation. Please visit their site Planet Subaru
Does your pet require care that you are struggling to afford? 
Thanks to the Share the Love campaingn, Standish Humane has created the Planet Subaru Home Forever Fund for pet owners who need financial help to care for their beloved pets in their forever homes.  
Click here to read more
To read our Spring/Summer 2018 Newsletter click the photo below.
Standish Humane placed 364 cats and kittens in forever homes in 2017

We could not do what we do without the support of generous donors.  

Please visit our Supporters and Recognition pages.
The shelter is open by appointment only. Our Adoption Team is made up of volunteers who are not at the shelter full time, but we try our best to schedule appointments at the potential adopters' convenience.