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

Due to the current situation we have cut our hours of operation and our phones will only be manned occasionally.
Please leave a message as we will definitely be checking messages a couple time a day or better yet send an email to pets@yaps.org.au as emails will be checked regularly 

We are still OPEN for boarding for both dogs and cats, there is an online boarding form on our website www.yaps.org.au or you can leave a message and we will get back to you ASAP.

 Dog Boarding 233-239 McGregor Rd Smithfield ph 40576373

  Cat Boarding 167 McCoombe St Cairns ph 40541041

If you would like to meet any of the dogs and cats on foster please email your details to pets@yaps.org.au and we will arrange this

Our Cat Adoption Centre in McCoombe St Cairns has closed temporarily so email will be the only contact.
(The Boarding Cattery is still operating)

Thank you for your understanding and stay safe

Given the current guidance and restrictions provided by the Federal and State Governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been decided to postpone attendance by Volunteers at the YAPS Shelter until further notice.  Please do not attend the shelter unless you are specifically contacted, though the likelihood of this occurring is very slight. 

Further information and ongoing updates will be posted on the website and social media

Thank you for your understanding during these challenging times and stay safe so we can see you again when this has settled down.

YAPS CATS are now located at
 167 McCoombe St Cairns (entrance of Cava Cl, opposite Arnel Fencing)
Phone 0408374411
The cats for adoption is located in a separate building across from the Cat Boarding Facility (on the same property).
 Viewing from 10.30 am to 4 pm 7 days a week.
Dogs for Adoption and Dog Boarding will remain at our Smithfield location.