The RSPCA Cairns Animal Care Centre rescues and re-homes animals from Far North Queensland. Animals come to the shelter from as far away at Townsville, Torres Strait, Weipa and Cooktown, and are rehomed to Cairns and surrounds.

Check out our animals available for adoption and apply to adopt online to express your interest.

To report sick or injured wildlife please call our 24/7 emergency hotline on 1300 ANIMAL (264 625). For other enquiries or to report a cruelty complaint, please call 3426 9999.

To access our Community Outreach services, please get in touch via [email protected] or visit our Working with Communities page for more information.

If you'd like to keep up to date with the latest news, events, special offers and promotions from our shelter, please visit our Cairns Facebook page

Cat and Dog Boarding Facilities

Our boarding facilities are ideally located just 10 minutes' drive from the Cairns international airport, and operate 7 days per week.

Please read our boarding terms and conditions prior to enquiring about our boarding availability. To find out if we have boarding availability, please complete our application for pet boarding form and we will email to let you know if we have availability during your requested times.

Check-in is between 12pm - 4pm Monday to Saturday, and 12pm - 2pm on Sunday.

Check out is before 12pm or additional charges apply.

Per-night boarding fees are as follows:

  • Dogs - Weekdays: $35
  • Cats - Weekdays Standard Condo: $30
  • Cats - Weekdays Deluxe Condo: $35
  • Dogs and Cats weekends and public holidays surcharge: $10
  • Owner provided medication surcharge: $3