YAPS Animal Refuge rescue abandoned and unwanted dogs and cats in Cairns area, Far North Queensland. Our refuge animals stay with us and are lovingly cared for until their ‘forever families’ come along to adopt them.  Some end up living out their days with us as permanent guests.

YAPS also provide a dog and cattery boarding service – the biggest and best in the region!

All our facilities run so successfully because of the huge hearts and hard work of our dedicated staff, volunteers, supporters and members.


Adopt a Dog | Adopt a Cat

Dog Boarding | Cat Boarding

Foster an Animal



Volunteer info

If you are looking to get out and help out in the community what better place then YAPS…
-Assisting with the cats and/or dogs
-Dog Walking,
-Gardening, Kitchen Duties  
We will be happy to have you on board.
To volunteer at Yaps please complete our Volunteer Application form which you can find on our website (on our front page go to How Can You Can Help then click on Volunteers) or pick up from our office.
Once completed it can be emailed back to us at pets@yaps.org.au or dropped into the Yaps office


Each Wednesday night7 to 9 pm, from now until December 7th Cazalys hosts a Trivia night with half the proceeds going to YAPS.




 YAPS 2017 Calendars now available..
Available at the Yaps office or pick one up at our stall at the Cairns Show (Fred Moule Pavilion )

$7.00 each or 2 for $10.002017 calendar 


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