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 just found out that this is my last week as the featured cat before someone else gets a chance to be featured.  I had such high hopes that I would be adopted when I was first featured.  I am a handsome, two year old tabby boy cat who is sweet, playful, and loving.


Not only did I not get adopted, NOT ONE person even inquired about me.  I am heartbroken.  What is wrong with me?


Now the volunteers are saying that I don't do well in a shelter environment. They say this because I no longer run to the door of my room and look out the door window when I see or hear a person coming.  They think I am depressed.  I am not really depressed, just demoralized.  I have been at the shelter so long that I have lost hope that I will find a forever home with my own, special person.


I know I would be fine if I could find a forever home.  I was fine when I came to the shelter.  I loved playing with the volunteers, and I was very affectionate.  The problem started when I was too affectionate.  I wanted to be around people so much that sometimes when a volunteers would leave, I couldn't stand the thought of being all alone, so I would hug the volunteer's leg to try to get them to stay with me.


The only thing that gives me any hope is that the volunteers said that two cats who were recently adopted had been a lot like I am now. The cats were withdrawn and seemed depressed. The adoption counselor made sure the adopters were willing to give the cats extra time to adjust to life in a forever home.  Everyone expected there would be a number of follow-up phone calls between the adopters and the shelter as part of the adjustment process. Instead, the adopters sent photos and emails showing very happy, lively, snuggling, playful cats who had adjusted to their forever homes in hardly any time at all.  I know that if I         were to get a forever home, I would adjust very quickly and I would thrive.  I am just not cut out for shelter living.


Please give me a chance to be the cat that I really am instead of the heartbroken cat who has not had a single phone call from a potential adopter.  If you take me home, I promise I will be the best cat you can imagine.



Mr. Purrkins

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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Thanks to everyone who attended Jimmy's fundraiser!  
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?