Standish Humane Society

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

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Welcome to Standish Humane Society
We are a non-profit, tax-exempt organization of volunteers founded in 1969 dedicated to the care and placement of stray and abandoned pets in southeastern Massachusetts. We operate a no-kill shelter and adoption center in Duxbury, MA.  Through an active placement and reduced cost spay-neuter program, Standish works to reduce the critical pet overpopulation problem.  Standish Humane is dependent on charitable donations to provide for the care of cats and kittens awaiting adoption.  We find Forever Homes for more than 350 cats and kittens annually.


Meet our Featured Cat of the Week



 I’m Spumoni, an almost two-year old grey tabby girl.  I’m a very inquisitive cat, wanting to know what everyone is doing and what’s going on around me. I always want to join in when the other cats are playing with a volunteer-especially when it involves fun cat games. 


I was brought to Standish by a nice lady who befriended me after I was abandoned by my owner. It really hurt my feelings to be put out on the porch to fend for myself after being so happy in what I thought was my forever home.  I was very sad for a while, but I have a lot of spunk, so I dusted myself off

and decided to be glad that I’m at a wonderful place like Standish while I’m waiting for a new family to love.


I will make a wonderful Girl Friday when I get to my forever home.  I’m smart, organized, and I pay attention to details, particularly meal times, and I will keep you on track.  When it is time to feed me I will promptly let you know. I’m the type of girl who can assume a range of duties.  I can play with you and keep you laughing, and when you get tired, I can sit with you and just keep you company.  If anything new comes into the house, I’ll be right there to check it out and rub it with my head if I think I'd like it to be mine.


I’m very sweet, and I will love you unconditionally.  That is the kind of girl I am---a real sweetheart.  So, if you need a Girl Friday in your life, let's get together and make arrangements for you to adopt me. That will make me the happiest little tabby girl ever. 



 PetSmart Adoption Center   

After careful consideration, the Board of Directors has decided to discontinue Standish’s operation of the adoption center at the PetSmart store in Braintree.  Although we greatly enjoyed working with the staff at PetSmart and appreciated the additional visibility gained by having a presence in Braintree,  we believe that the small adoption satellite is no longer necessary to properly carry out our mission.  Over the past year, Standish has expanded its roster of wonderful foster homes and  we now have the capacity to care for all kittens in a home-like setting, which we believe is the optimum environment for the little ones.  Kittens can run and play and look out windows 24/7 in the foster homes and easily develop into happy, socialized cats and everyone knows that looking out for the kitties’ best interest is what Standish is all about!  We thank PetSmart for being such a gracious host to Standish for the past three years.


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Standish Humane Society is pleased to welcome Linny Pritchard as our Assistant Shelter Director. Linny has over 25 years of experience as a veterinary technician, with the bulk of her time spent in a “cats only” animal clinic. Linny has also been a longtime volunteer at the Plymouth Animal Shelter and has extensive experience in cat rescue work. Linny cares passionately about cat rescue, adoptions and spay/neuter and we are thrilled to have her join our team!
Standish Humane Society welcomes Dawne Goncalves to our staff as our Adoption Coordinator/Office Specialist. Dawne has spent most of her adult life working on the administrative side of several veterinary hospitals and she is a person who is very dedicated to the rescue, sheltering and placement of cats and dogs. Dawne is a purrrfect fit for Standish and the kitties are thrilled to have her join the Holmes House staff!