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


Hi, I'm Ollie, a two-year old cat looking for a special home to call my own. I am very playful, loving, and sweet.  I will make a great companion for someone who wants a handsome orange boy cat who has come a long way since his rough start in life.  I am looking forward to a fresh start in a forever home


Recently on a cold, bitter night, good Samaritans found me outside and took me in. They gave me a warm place to sleep and fed me.  Had they not helped me, I probably would not have survived. They could not keep me, but they brought me to Standish. I was in heaven. I had a warm cozy room, I did not have to fight for my daily food, and I had human playmates they call volunteers.


I can be a little testy when I am tired of playing or being petted, so I need an understanding home where the people can read my body language.  I am in no way mean.  I just get tired sometimes, and I'll let you know that I want to rest.   


Also, I need to be the only cat in my new home.  When Standish had me checked by a veterinarian, they discovered I am FIV+.  Most cats with the FIV virus live a normal life, and FIV can only be transferred from one cat to another by an exchange of blood. Because I might nip another cat when I'm tired or annoyed, it will be best for me to live in a home without other cats. I haven't met many dogs, but I could live with a dog, because FIV cannot be transmitted to anyone other than a cat. You can read about FIV here so you will feel secure adopting an FIV+ cat like me:


I want a chance to live a full, long, and happy life with people I love.  I am looking for a very special home where I will be welcome. I'd love to get a chance to get to know you and show you what a great addition to your family I would be.





Interested in adopting?  Go to Adoptions page to view available cats
Standish Humane placed 364 cats and kittens in forever homes in 2017

Darcy, recently adopted, enjoys playing games with her new family members.
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.