Cairns Animal Rescue

Since 2019, Cairns Animal Rescue has been providing exceptional care and support for dogs in need.

With more than 1,200 dogs successfully rehomed since we began, we have become one of the largest and most trusted animal rescues in the region.

We are passionate about helping dogs to find their forever homes. Our team operate across Far North Queensland, from the Torres Stait to Charters Towers, providing the highest level of care in a foster home environment.

Our experienced volunteers work tirelessly to assess each animal and match them with the perfect family.

Our foster dogs join our own dogs, cats and children and become immersed in our family life, allowing us to assess their behavior in a nurturing environment while we prepare them to join their new family.

Make a positive impact on the lives of animals in need.

How Can We Help




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Adopting a Rescue Dog

Adopting a rescue dog is a very rewarding experience. Not only are you gaining a new family member, but you’re rescuing an animal, often from less-than-ideal circumstances.

We like to think our dogs appreciate their new family more when they’re a rescue.

Animal Enters Care

When dogs enter our care, they often need some extra TLC and medication. We provide a nurturing environment to rebuild their health and trust, while assessing their interactions and nature.

Vet Visit

Our vet provides a health check, microchip and vaccinations. All dogs are wormed and treated with flea and tick medications. Adoption fees include desexing, vaccinations and ID microchip.

Register your Interest

The animals will appear on our website, Facebook and Instagram when ready for adoption. You can register your interest in adoption and request to meet any of the dogs you’re interested in adopting.

Adopting a Pet

Once our foster carers have matched you with one of our rescue dogs, all the paperwork, registration and fees are completed, you are ready to welcome your newest family member.

Follow Us Online

We always get very attached to our foster-babies, and love nothing more than to see updates of them enjoying their new life.

Use #cairnsanimalrescue when posting photos of your dog to Instagram or Facebook so we can see your posts.

Useful Information

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve put together a list of our most frequently asked questions. If this doesn’t answer your question, contact us.

Dog Training

Our friends at Cairns Canine School provide an excellent program at the Cairns Showgrounds.

Food, Bedding and Accessories

Petbarn Cairns has a fantastic range of food bedding, toys and accessories for you to care and spoil your pet.

Dog friendly Places in cairns

A list of the Cairns Regional Council dog-friendly facilities in the area. Remember to clean up after your dog!

Our Sponsors

Cairns Animal Rescue are a volunteer based not-for-profit organisation, supported by our amazing sponsors.

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