Standish Humane Society

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

We speak for those who cannot speak for themselves

Volunteer Opportunities

Standish Humane Society could not further its mission if it were not for the many loving volunteers who give their time and energy to keeping the shelter running.  Many of our volunteers spend their time doing “daily shift” service in which they clean shelter rooms, change litter and feed and socialize the cats.  This shift work is very important, but Standish also has other opportunities for volunteers if you are interested and have a bit of time for orientation to new tasks.   Some available volunteer tasks can be handled right from your home and on a flexible schedule.  If you are a current volunteer, taking on other volunteer tasks could be done as an addition to your current shift duties or in substitution for such duties.  If you are not currently volunteering at Standish and are considering it, but do not know how your skill set would benefit us, we would love to take advantage of your special interests and skills (accounting; computers; carpentry; landscaping; veterinary; grant writing, creative writing, etc), so please let us know if there are activities that you would like to participate in to benefit Standish.  We want to put your energy and skills to work in the best possible way! 
Big thanks to Jimmy Henderson and Troop 105.  They cleared brush out front in preparation for the new sign.
Help is needed at the Duxbury shelter to care for the cats.  If you can give two hours mornings starting at 8:30, even one day a week or every other week, we have openings for you!  Adults and teens age16 and older are welcome.  Please call or email to learn more about the days where shifts are waiting to be filled.  We also need volunteers to play and socialize with the kitties ... a wonderful perk of volunteering!

Applications now being accepted for VOLUNTEERS to help Standish Humane Society find more great homes for amazing cats and kittens! NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED! Do you have allergies or are you unable to get to our Duxbury location? No space for fostering? Do you wonder HOW you can help? Standish is looking for help contacting media outlets to get our message out to more people. We also can use help writing thank you notes, updating our sponsors on "their" cats who are waiting for forever homes.  Many other opportunities working from home or at our shelter available! If you would like to know how YOU can help, email or call 781-834-4663. 

  • To be a shelter "daily shift" volunteer for direct cat care, you must


    • Be at least 16 years old to work in the Shelter; 13-15 year-olds must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
    • Be able to carry a bucket of hot water.
    • Be able to bend and reach to clean the floors of cages.
    • Be able to carry 10-25 lbs.
    • Have steady, firm -- yet gentle -- hands.
    • Be able to mop a floor with a feline supervisor playfully perched on your shoulders. 


  • People typically volunteer with us once-a-week, twice-a-month or once-a-month, and usually donate between 1.5 hours-4 hours each time.  


                             SUPER VOLUNTEERS TO THE RESCUE


It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no…’s a Super Volunteer to the rescue!  Everyone at Standish works very hard each day to keep the shelter neat and clean and comfortable for our kitty friends, but sometimes we just can’t keep everything as “bright and shiny” as we’d like.  Good thing that we have caring volunteers such as Joyce Keyes who took matters into her own hands and organized a fantastic and much needed refreshing of “Genny’s Room” in the lower level of Holmes House.  Joyce and her husband John, along with a Hanover High School senior named MacKenzie spent MANY hours planning the renovations and purchasing paint,  cabinets and other items and then spent several days taking the room apart and creating a whole new beautiful  and functional environment!  Longtime kitty residents Laverne, Maxine and Antoinette give a BIG THANKS to Joyce, John and MacKenzie for giving them such a “spiffy” room to live in! 

Photos of Joyce and John and newly refreshed Genny’s Room are below.  Photo #2 is the old sink area.

Volunteer by Providing Needed Services
A fine example of other ways to volunteer is provided by Milly at Happy Tails Self Service Dog Wash and Grooming in Plymouth and Sandwich.
Although the business is about dogs, Milly grooms cats who are in the shelter at no charge.  This is a valuable service for cats who arrive at the shelter with matted coats and to help the cats looking their best while waiting to be adopted. 
There are many tasks beyond daily shifts where your time and skills will be appreciated.
For more information about volunteering,  email
Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon and Raffle Drawing   January 25, 2015