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 

Surrender Your Dog | Surrender Your Cat

Palm Cove’s Annual Dog Show

Sunday, May 15, 2022   8 am to 1 pm

To register please go to the Palm Cove Dog Show fb page

Who let the dogs out?

Grab your woofer and show everyone how amazing your pooch is by joining us for the Palm Cove Annual Dog Show!

Enter into categories on the day such as Fancy Dress Dogs & Handlers, Palm Cove Puppy Under 3 Years, Owner/Dog Look-Alike, Dapper Senior Dog, Over 10 Years, Best Rescue Dog,  Palm Cove Prince, and Princess, and many more!

As proud partners of Y.A.P.S Cairns, we will be donating all proceeds from the event to help them in their endeavour to rescue doggos, woofers, puppers, and floofs of all shapes and sizes.

Date: May 15
Time: 8:00am – 1:00pm
Cost: $10 per entry
All proceeds are donated to YAPS Cairns.
Show ticket on arrival for entry.

Judging Categories:
– Fancy Dress Dogs, Children Under 14 Years
– Fancy Dress Dogs, Handlers 14 Years and Over
– Themed Fancy Dress, Cartoon/Movie/Characters
– Pair/Group Fancy Dress
– Dapper Senior Dogs, Over 10 Years
– Owner/Dog Look-a-like
– Best Rescue/Adopted Dog
– Palm Cove Puppy Under 3 Years
– Palm Cove Princess and Palm Cove Prince, Judged on Personality


Chicken Parmy Night each and every Wednesday at Dunwoodys Tavern and the Mt Sheridan Tavern
For each Chicken Parmy sold every Wednesday $1.00 will be donated to YAPS.
So get out there and enjoy a chicken parmy meal at one of these 2 great locations and support those who are supporting YAPS


We’re all about supporting the local heroes in our local community. This year we’re super excited to be supporting YAPS by donating $1 from every Parmy sold every Wednesday, how good! So what are you waiting for? Rally the troops this hump day for some quality food and drink whilst raising much needed funds for the legends over at YAPS (Young Animal Protection Society).


YAPS Supporters

180 Degree Solutions IT Solutions..  GT Automotive Redlynch… 
Cairns Dog School…

Bryant Family Butcher Southside Shopping Centre…  Piccones IGA… 
Pet Cafe Anderson St…
Bendigo Bank & BACC… Just Purple Web Design… Petstock… Cairns Vet Clinic… Marlin Coast Vet Clinic