Standish Humane Society

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

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Welcome to Standish Humane Society
We are a non-profit, tax-exempt organization of volunteers founded in 1969 dedicated to the care and placement of stray and abandoned pets in southeastern Massachusetts. We operate a no-kill shelter and adoption center in Duxbury, MA.  Through an active placement and reduced cost spay-neuter program, Standish works to reduce the critical pet overpopulation problem.  Standish Humane is dependent on charitable donations to provide for the care of cats and kittens awaiting adoption.  We find Forever Homes for more than 350 cats and kittens annually.


Meet our Featured Cat of the Week







Hi, this is Farrah again.  It has been almost three weeks since I became the featured cat, and I overheard the volunteers say that not one single person has called about me.  I am so discouraged, and I don't know why no one wants me.  Anyway, I am getting one final week to be the featured cat. 


I'll tell you a little about myself.  I am a tortie and white girl, only a year old.  I was a very young mother and my kittens have been adopted.  I am spunky, cute, clever, and very affectionate toward humans.  I must admit that I want to be an only cat.  I want my humans to dote on me, and I want to make them the center of my world.  I will greet you with my tail held high when you come home and look for affection and play time.  I will be overjoyed when you pay attention to me. In other words, I have tortitude, and that is why people love torties.


I am told by the shelter volunteers that I am so sweet and affectionate.  They all love me so much.  When I see volunteers coming my way, I beg them to pet and play with me.  I get so excited when I see one of them, and I give them lots of love and attention myself. 


I have to spend time in a cage because I share a room with other cats and we have to alternate times when one is caged and the others are free to roam our room.  This is not ideal for any of us and the volunteers feel sorry for me and the others.


So, if you want a cat full of love and personality who will make you the center of her world, please come to see me.  You can see how sweet I am.  If you come to see me, I am sure you will take me home.  It will be love at first sight, and I will be the happiest little tortie ever.


Laughing Please read what a volunteer says about Farrah's recent visit to her home here

 PetSmart Adoption Center   

After careful consideration, the Board of Directors has decided to discontinue Standish’s operation of the adoption center at the PetSmart store in Braintree.  Although we greatly enjoyed working with the staff at PetSmart and appreciated the additional visibility gained by having a presence in Braintree,  we believe that the small adoption satellite is no longer necessary to properly carry out our mission.  Over the past year, Standish has expanded its roster of wonderful foster homes and  we now have the capacity to care for all kittens in a home-like setting, which we believe is the optimum environment for the little ones.  Kittens can run and play and look out windows 24/7 in the foster homes and easily develop into happy, socialized cats and everyone knows that looking out for the kitties’ best interest is what Standish is all about!  We thank PetSmart for being such a gracious host to Standish for the past three years.


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Standish Humane Society is pleased to welcome Linny Pritchard as our Assistant Shelter Director. Linny has over 25 years of experience as a veterinary technician, with the bulk of her time spent in a “cats only” animal clinic. Linny has also been a longtime volunteer at the Plymouth Animal Shelter and has extensive experience in cat rescue work. Linny cares passionately about cat rescue, adoptions and spay/neuter and we are thrilled to have her join our team!
Standish Humane Society welcomes Dawne Goncalves to our staff as our Adoption Coordinator/Office Specialist. Dawne has spent most of her adult life working on the administrative side of several veterinary hospitals and she is a person who is very dedicated to the rescue, sheltering and placement of cats and dogs. Dawne is a purrrfect fit for Standish and the kitties are thrilled to have her join the Holmes House staff!