Standish Humane Society

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

We speak for those who cannot speak for themselves

How would you like your donation used?
Please Visit our Wish List on
Join Our Email List
Tall Tails 
Fall/Winter 2017

Would you like to be added to our postal mailing list? 

Send your name and postal mail address to

Learn More about Volunteering Here
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



Dear Santa,


I have been such a good cat this year, even after I lost my human companion of many years due to her Alzheimers, which was very sad. I think you will find my name on your "Nice" list.  I am 8 years old, all white, playful, and very, very sweet. I should be listed under the name "Phoebe," from Standish in Duxbury.


All I am asking for Christmas is a new forever home of my own.  If you were here, I would sit in your lap and purr with happiness.  I am a real lap cat, after all.  I don’t want to share my people with other cats, so I wish to be the only cat. I will bring love and joy to my people all year long.


I am diabetic, but it doesn’t affect my life much at all. I get a quick insulin shot twice a day, just a quick prick that doesn’t hurt me at all. A diabetic cat can live a normal life span, and Standish will pay for my insulin and veterinary visits for my diabetes as long as I live.  Santa, please tell my new people giving me insulin is very easy.  I need blood tests at the vet twice a year and if I seem "off" my people can quickly check a drop of blood from my ear with no problem.


I can't wait to see which family I will get in my Christmas stocking.  I will be so disappointed if my stocking is empty.




Interested in adopting?  Go to Adoptions page to view available cats
Standish Humane placed 302 cats and kittens in forever homes in 2016

 Be sure to visit our EVENTS page 
to see what's happening !

Click Above for Prize List and Print Raffle Tickets
before January 25, 2018

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
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 love our pets. Please keep them warm and safe inside, especially during these frigid conditions.
Outdoor or stray cats might seek warm shelter in your car's engine compartment or on tires.  Be sure to tap on the hood to alert the cat to move out.

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

Please visit our Supporters and Recognition pages.

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.