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

Basil Adopted


The Animal Rescue Site and is promoting a contest where one can vote for one's favorite animal shelter or rescue organization and win cash and prizes that will help the organization continue its mission.  The Grand Prize in the New Beginnings Shelter Challenge is a $25,000 grant, and there are runners-up, state prizes, and regional prizes, so there are lots of opportunities to win. When Standish began the challenge, we really did not think we had much chance of winning anything, because we are competing against much larger shelters all over the country.  Recently we were ranked seventh in the number of overall votes obtained, so we now think we have a really good chance of winning.  We want everyone who supports Standish to vote once a day for the duration of the contest, which ends July 14, 2018.  Also, if you are on social media, please ask your friends to support Standish by voting daily. If everyone enlists the support of their friends and family, we might win $25,000.  Wouldn't that be great?

Click here to vote every day

Interested in adopting?  Go to Adoptions page to view available cats
 and for online adoption application.
To read our Spring/Summer 2018 Newsletter click the photo below.
Standish Humane placed 364 cats and kittens in forever homes in 2017


We are in desperate need of someone who is either willing to learn or has experience in requesting grants/grant writing. 

As a non-profit organization, we are losing out on thousands of dollars annually by not applying for many grants available to us.

Do you or anyone you know have any time or experience to help us with this ambition? Any and all leads are appreciated.

Please contact us by email to


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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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. 
If you are looking to buy or lease a new Subaru in the near future from
November 16,2107 and January 2, 2018 to get your new Subaru. When you do, please make sure to designate Standish Humane Society as your preferred "Share the Love" charity.  If you choose Standish, we will receive a nice donation as a result of your purchase. 

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.