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



I'm Lulu, a four year old female torbie, with tortoise shell and tabby coloring combined  in a beautiful pattern. I have a sunny disposition and a winning personality. While I love all people, I don’t care much for other cats which is okay because with a love bug like me, you only need one cat. You’ll be the center of my life and I don't want to have to share your affections.

When I came to Standish I was malnourished and underweight with a dull coat. I was an ugly duckling then, but now I am a swan with a lovely coat. I’ve been eating a proper diet and am back to a healthy weight. Because of my poor diet and lack of enough water before I came to Standish, I developed kidney disease. The Standish vet discovered this and was very worried about me. However, with the great care I have gotten at Standish, my kidney tests, which will never be normal, have improved dramatically and remain much improved today. To keep my kidneys as healthy as possible, I need to be given fluids a few times a week. I am very patient and cooperative when I am given my fluids. A small needle is put in the loose skin at the back of my neck. All I have to do is relax, and I’m very good at taking my fluids. It doesn't hurt me and it only takes a few minutes. Someone who has experience giving cats subcutaneous fluids would be the ideal person for me, but anyone can quickly learn to give me fluids. It is easy and takes only ten to fifteen minutes total per week. Standish will teach my adopter everything they need to know to keep my kidneys in the best shape possible. Standish will pay for my fluids and for all the medical expenses related to my kidney disease as long as needed.

I have been at Standish for six months and I am ready to be adopted. I know  there is someone out there who is willing to adopt me even though I have a medical  problem. I just have to find them! I will repay them many times over with love.


Please come meet me at the shelter to see how sweet I am, how entertaining I can be, and how relaxing it is to pet me. If you cannot adopt me, please share my story on  social media to get the word out. I'll be waiting for the phone to ring. Just call the Standish adoption counselor at (781) 834-4663 and ask to meet me. You won’t regret it for one minute!


Watch the video to see how quick and easy it is to give fluids to LuLu.
Interested in adopting?  Go to Adoptions page to view available cats
Standish Humane placed 302 cats and kittens in forever homes in 2016

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to see what's happening !

The sign furnished by Jimmy Henderson as his Eagle Scout project
 is now installed at the shelter.

Thanks to everyone who donated funds toward this project. 
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.  
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On April 25th, 2017, Planet Subaru Purchase Partner Klaire Perkins presented Standish Humane Society President Julie Salamone with a check for $43,703.51.

For every new Subaru sold from November 17th, 2016 through January 3rd, 2017, $250 was donated to the buyer’s choice of six charities during the “Subaru Share the Love” Program. During this time, the dealership sold 222 new Subaru vehicles. The majority of buyers chose Standish.

Planet’s donations, totaling almost $150,000 since 2014, have enabled Standish to create the Planet Subaru Home Forever Fund to help owners pay for vet care, prescription foods, and other special needs. Standish President Julie Salamone said, “Traditionally, shelters find homes for surrendered and abandoned dogs and cats. With the Fund, we’re reducing animal homelessness by intervening ‘upstream’ and keeping animals in the homes where they are already loved. The Fund has helped Mr. Pickles, Smokey, Princess, Taz, and many more animals.”

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

Please visit our Supporters and Recognition pages.

Who needs a fancy cat bed when I have this box?