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




I'm Tilly, a beautiful  one and a half year old girl with a sweet, calm demeanor.  I would make a great companion –and I’d be very good at it. I’d learn all about you before I start my job as your right-hand cat. When I meet people, I evaluate them first, get to know them, and get to know their habits.  That way I can be a better companion.  I won't jump into your lap and start rubbing all over you.  I will sit quietly beside you and keep you company for as long as you like.  Most people like their companions to be loving, unobtrusive, and have the people's best interest at heart.  That is just the way I am.


I was originally abandoned at a vet's office where things were chaotic with all the dogs barking, and I’m too refined for that type of atmosphere.  The vet's office asked Standish to take me in.  I was so grateful they did, but then, lo and behold, I found out that the place was full of all kinds of cats.  I was terrified and stayed hidden in my single room behind a curtain.  Finally, a lovely volunteer invited me to be a foster cat in her home, and that was when Standish discovered what a wonderful companion cat I am.  When my foster mom went on vacation, I came back to Standish where they get new cats every day.  I’m doing much better at shelter life, and I am not scared anymore.


If you need a professional cat companion, please call Standish.  I will happily work for room and board and a little catnip.  I am very sweet and know I will fall in love with my human companion, and we will be best friends for life. You can watch my video at and then call Standish at 781-834-4663 and ask to meet me. Please give me a job and give yourself a lifetime of love.


Love, Tilly

 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!