Adopting a pet

Pets are a great addition to your family, providing companionship and protection.

Council does not adopt pets from our pound. But there are a range of organisations in Cairns that have rescue cats and dogs that  for adoption.

If you are looking for a new furry friend for your family, consider getting in touch.

Adopt Me Kittens

Adopt me kittens is dedicated to rescuing kittens left homeless, whether they are abandoned or surrendered by their owners.

Animals in care are fully vetted - desexed, wormed, flea treated, vaccinated and microchipped - and placed with foster carers while they await placement in their forever homes.

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Animal Rehoming Cairns and Tablelands District

Animal Rehoming Cairns and Tablelands District has been rescuing and rehoming companion pets in the region for the last 8 years, working with local councils, vet clinics and the community.

During this time they have also taken in, rehabilitated and rehomed more than a hundred greyhounds.

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Cairns Animal Rescue

Cairns Animal rescue is here to help animals in the Cairns region. The group is made up of like-minded individuals who all share a love for animals and a passion for rescue.

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North Queensland Animal Rescue

NQAR is a volunteer-run, foster-carer based rescue organisation in the Cairns region. The group aims to rescue homeless and abandoned pets from local pounds and private surrenders.

All pets are de-sexed, vaccinated, micro-chipped, wormed and flea and tick treated, before being adopted out to new, approved homes.

NQAR is a registered charity that can accept tax deductible donations.

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Rags to Riches

Rags to Riches a small, home-based, self-funded rescue and re-homing service dedicated to finding forever homes for at risk animals.

The group focusses on cats and kittens but the group will always try to find space for any animal in need.

Rags to Riches is committed to spreading the message that desexing pets is an essential part of responsible pet ownership and can facilitate heavily subsidised desexing for cats and dogs.

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RSPCA Queensland

The RSPCA Cairns Animal Care Centre takes in dogs and cats for rehoming. They come in via the inspectorate, surrender appointments or from other organisations.

Animals stay in care at the shelter, or go out into foster homes until they are ready to be adopted out.

All animals are behaviourally tested, health checked, microchipped, desexed and up to date with their vet treatments when available for adoption. 

The campus also offers a boarding facility for dog and cats.

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Shelter details:

RSPCA Cairns Animal Care Center
Corner Arnold Street and Greenbank Road, Stratford
Open 10am to 5pm (closed public holidays)

YAPS (Young Animal Rescue Society)

Yaps Animal Shelter takes in and care for homeless and abandoned dogs and cats.

Animals in care are vet checked, vaccinated, micro chipped, and desexed before being rehomed back into the community.  Adult dogs are heartworm tested.

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Last updated: 16 June 2020