Shelter Reopening Update

Work is currently underway to repair the damage to our RSPCA Cairns Animal Care Campus from the flooding. The shelter will be closed from Friday 23rd February until the repairs are complete.  Unfortunately, we aren't able to offer some of our usual services during this time.

In the meantime, the best way to contact us is via phone on (07) 4055 1486, reach out through Facebook Messenger or email us at [email protected].

For sick and injured animals please call RSPCA 24/7 emergency hotline on 1300 ANIMAL (264 625).

Our Cattery and Dog Boarding Kennels will also be closed while the repairs are taking place. Any current bookings have been contacted already and we will not be taking any new bookings at this stage.

If you are looking to adopt, please visit our adoption page to view our animals that are currently looking for their forever homes. Fill in an expression of interest to start the adoption process.

We are unfortunately unable to accept any pet surrenders due to the limited space while repairs are made to our building. Should you be facing the difficult decision of needing to surrender your pet, please contact your local animal rescues or council.


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. Our call centre is open for animal rescue and animal welfare complaints, please call 1300 ANIMAL (264 625)

In addition to adoptions we also offer boarding facilities for dogs and cats. 

Our boarding facilities are ideally located just 10 minutes drive from the Cairns international airport, and operate 7 days per week for just $30 per dog, per weeknight (any size) incl. food, bedding and exercise. Cat boarding costs $25 per weeknight for a standard cat condo and $30 per weeknight for the deluxe cat condo incl. food, bedding and exercise. There is a surcharge for public holidays and weekends of $10 for dogs and deluxe cat condos, and $5 for the standard cat condos. Check out of pets is 12 Noon or additional charges apply. Check in is between 12pm and 4pm Monday - Saturday, and 12pm - 2pm on Sunday. No refunds on early checkouts or transfer and animals must be up to date with vaccinations (no exceptions). All peak periods Christmas/ New Year, Easter, school holidays to be paid in full at time of booking and minimum boarding periods apply. All other times a $30 non refundable deposit is required to secure the booking. See our full boarding facilities terms and conditions.

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