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 Cats

Hi, I’m Hank, the current Standish featured cat. I am very unhappy because I have not been adopted.  I have many assets. I am a stunningly gorgeous cat, so I can bring beauty into your home.  I truly like people.  I can join you on your sofa, and we can watch television together. I will head butt you to say I love you.  I am very social, and I am not afraid to meet new people.  I will follow you around your home like a puppy dog.  I am pretty near perfect, but I do require my people to accept my dominance.


Several people came to the shelter to adopt me. They said I was beautiful, and I purred, head butted their hands, and I even snuggled in a lap or two. They were very nice, and I would have loved to go home with each of them. But I am a dominant cat when it comes to people, and I wanted my adopter to know that. When I asserted my dominance when the people petted me, they decided to take home other cats.


Although I am fine with allowing people to gently brush my fur to keep it in tip-top condition, I don't permit people to pet or pick me up when I don't want to be touched. That is why I am looking for a very special person to adopt me.  My adopter must be an experienced cat owner, who understands cat behavior and body language and knows how to manage a cat like me.


The volunteers have discovered that I make friends easily, so I don’t need to be an only cat as the volunteers previously thought.  I have made a great friend at the shelter whom I love to groom and with whom I love to play wrestle.  Once he fell trying to jump too far, and I ran over to comfort him.  I put my paw around his neck and calmed him by licking him.  I really do have a good heart.   I also love people. 


I have asked Santa to bring me a forever home for Christmas.  Are you the special one who will love me and give me a home where I can shower you with love in my own way? 








Interested in adopting?  Go to Adoptions page to view available cats
 and for online adoption application.


 Come join Standish Humane Society at PETCO at North River Plaza in Pembroke

Saturday | December 8 & 15 | 1-4pm

The Petco Foundation and local animal welfare organizations are inviting you to make a memory and get a picture of you and/or your pet with Santa for a donation of $9.95! 100% of the proceeds benefit lifesaving animal welfare organizations in your local community through the Petco Foundation. This is the perfect opportunity to include your dogs, cats, puppies and kittens in the family Christmas card!

Don't miss our drop in style HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE December 16th from 12pm-3pm. We invite you to come by for some holiday cheer and treats. We will have crafts for kids, tours of the shelter, kitty snuggling, a wine basket raffle and of course appetizers and sweets. This is our gift to you to thank you for your support. 

If you would like to check out our wishlist for Santa you can find it here--->…/…/ls/2P1RCZ0KK8IJH/ref=cm_go_nav_hz
2019 February Annual Calendar Raffle

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 Thank You Planet Subaru in Hanover for the amazing support you provide to Standish Humane Society! During the Share the Love event Planet Subaru customers who purchase or lease a new Subaru can choose Standish to receive a $250.00 donation. If you are in the market for a new car please stop by Planet Subaru between November 15, 2018 and January 2, 2019 so you can choose Standish as your charity! Please visit for more details.

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.