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

Due to the current situation we have cut our hours of operation and our phones are not always manned.
Please leave a message or  send an email to pets@yaps.org.au 

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 is open each Saturday from 11 am to 3.30 pm or other times by appointment 
(The Boarding Cattery is still operating)

Thank you for your understanding


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