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, I am Chloe, and I would love to be your best friend forever and your motivational coach.  I am a black and white girl cat about a year old.  I am very loving and affectionate, and I will help motivate you to reach your goals of being the best cat parent ever. If you need to be awakened to feed me at a certain time, I will be sure to do that.  If you are feeling down, I will snuggle up with you or entertain you, depending on your mood.  I will also motivate you to do your chores. When it is time to feed me, I will remind you.  When my litter box needs to be cleaned, I will insist that you clean it, and when I need to play, I will encourage you to get a laser light or a catnip toy so we can play together. 


I am very self reliant and resourceful.  You see, I somehow got lost from my original home, and I had to live the hard scrabble life of a stray.  I learned a lot from that.  I had to motivate myself each day to do what I had to do to survive.  Now I am ready to motivate you to do what you need to do to be a great cat parent.


In return, all I ask is that you love me and take care of me.  My needs are minimal--food, water, a litter box, and maybe a few toys.

Oh, and I would love a nice lap.  As for me, I will love you unconditionally more than you can imagine.  If you need some motivation to adopt me, just look at my sweet face.  I think you will be smitten.



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Petco Adoption Weekend event  October 3 & 4

 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.


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!