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



Hello, I'm Smokey, a silver gray five-year old boy.  I’m a very sweet fellow. I love people, and I get along with the other cats at the shelter. I like to play with toys, and I handle all my bathing and hair care needs on my own-I’m very fastidious.  While I’m very sweet and loving, I’m also told that I am very handsome.


I had a home once, but somehow I got lost and lived a rough life on the streets.  Just when I thought I’d never survive the freezing cold without enough food and shelter, I was rescued by a kind person and taken to Standish.  I really like it at Standish, but what I want most is for Standish to help me find my forever home. I do believe in miracles-don't you?


I’m named after  Smokey Robinson.  I’ve already had one miracle by coming to Standish  I would love it if you would take me into your heart and home.  I’m a lot of fun to watch—and I’m even more fun to be with.  Hope to see you soon. 


Love, Smokey


Wednesday, June 15, 2016   5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Ninety Nine Restaurant, Church Street, Pembroke, MA
Enjoy a meal and the restaurant will donate 15% of your check to Standish.
Print the voucher here and bring it to the event 
(Vouchers will not be available at the restaurant)
 Be sure to visit our EVENTS page 
to see what's happening !
See the results of Planet Subaru's Share the Love Campaign
Standish Humane goes to the Duxbury Free Library
On Sunday March 20 at 2:00 PM, the Sunday Salon program hosted author and dog lover, Peter Zheutlin, as he presented his book, Rescue Road. In the book, Zheutlin recounts the tale of Greg Mahle, a wonderful man who literally saves thousands of dogs with his business, Rescue Road Trips. Greg was featured in a 3/2/14 Parade Magazine article written by Zheutlin. Alexandra Horowitz, author of Inside of a Dog, says of the book, 'Heartwarming doesn't suffice to describe it: this tale ...restores faith in humanity.' This program is sponsored by Westwinds Bookshop, Standish Humane Society of Duxbury and the Duxbury Free Library.
Pictured are Dot Leach, Nancy Cullen, Donna Denicola, Marilyn Phillips, Brenda Williamson and Linny Pritchard.
 Another "Standish Cats Helping Dogs" Success Story.
Kaylee Rose is an 8 yr old white German Shepherd. Her previous owners had her since she was a puppy. Kaylee Rose's owners had to rent a house and the landlord said NO DOGS. They boarded her for a while until they couldn't afford it any more--all the while thinking they could find another rental that would let them have a dog. Boarding became prohibitive and Kaylee Rose moved from foster home to foster home until they were convinced the best thing for Kaylee Rose was to give her up. Sadly they asked Donna, a Standish volunteer who also helps with dog rescue, to start looking for a home for Kaylee Rose. Kaylee Rose was kept at Kingston Animal Shelter until Donna found her a home with a great couple who also have a 13 yr old shepherd and a 2 yr old French bulldog. Kaylee Rose had never been spayed and her shots were overdue. Donna asked Marilyn, the spay/neuter assistance coordinator for Standish, for a voucher to get these things done. The new family will use the certificate for the spay, and the new family will pay for all the extras including a micro chip, kennel cough vaccination etc. In Donna's words: "I know she will do great with this new home and she deserves it." Thank you Donna and Marilyn for all you do for the animals. And thank you to you, our friends, for allowing Standish to help those in need. We truly appreciate your support. Happy Life Kaylee Rose!