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



Yaps are looking for people to foster some of our medium/large dogs for Christmas approx Dec 22nd to Jan 4th.
Requirements for fostering is a minimum of a 1800 high fence around the property and if you have another dog they must come out to Yaps for a meet and greet before fostering is approved
A representative from Yaps will need to do a property inspection prior to fostering.
If you are interested please fill in our fostering application form and submit https://www.yaps.org.au/how-you-can-help/fostering-programs/ 
Please note this is for adult med/lge dogs only Thank you


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