If the question you have is not listed below, please don’t hesitate to contact us. (Please note that we are all volunteers and we will do our best to get back to you ASAP).


Do you have a shelter?

No, we don’t have a shelter, all of our animals live in foster homes around Cairns, with a few on the Tablelands.

How can I make a donation?

We’re extremely appreciative of all donations, no matter the value! At the top of the page, in the header there will always be a “Help us today” button. Simply click it and you can choose to either donate via bank transfer, or paypal.

I can’t find your phone number?

Yes, that is on purpose. We’re all volunteers who work full-time. We can’t answer phone calls during work hours, so you’re best to email us or contact us via our Facebook page and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

I emailed this morning but haven’t heard back?

Please remember we’re all volunteers with full-time jobs, we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

What’s the difference between foster and adoption?

Fostering means you only have the pet temporarily whilst it’s looking for a forever home. Adoption means you’re looking at being that forever home.

I’m going away for two weeks, can you foster my pet for me?

No, we only take on dogs and cats that are needing to be rehomed. What you’re looking for is a pet sitter or a boarding facility.

Can I get a dog/cat that’s not desexed?

No, all animals are desexed to make sure they don’t go on to create more puppies/kittens. There are enough pets looking for homes without bringing more into the world.

I am having some behavioural issues with my dog, who do you recommend?

We use and recommend Linda from Canine Training School. She runs classes in Cairns city and you can also organise one-on-one appointments with her.

Name: Linda – Canine Training School
Phone number: 0413 656 626
Email: info@caninetrainingschool.com.au

Website: http://www.caninetrainingschool.com.au/home

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cairnscaninetrainingschool

I have some secondhand goods to drop off, can you pick them up, or can I drop them off?

Whoops, it seems as though you’re looking for a separate organisation to us. Animal Welfare Cairns is located at 354 Draper St, Cairns. They can be contacted on (07) 40514 862
Shop Hours: 9AM – 3PM Monday to Friday 9AM – 12 Noon Saturday


How long will I have the animal for?

It’s hard to say how long a foster pet will be in foster care for. We have had some animals in foster care for only a few days, and some for a few months. If you can only look after a foster pet for a certain period of time, please let us know on the foster application. If you have a foster pet in your care and something comes up and you can no longer look after it, please let us know and we can do our best to find a new foster carer ASAP.

What will my responsibilities be and what will fostering entail?

Basically, it’s like being a “normal” pet owner but short term. Other responsibilities may include, teaching or correcting toilet training for both cats and dogs, attending training for dogs, attending animal friendly (adoption) events and liaising with potential adopters who’d like to meet your foster pet. As a foster carer for cats we require that they remain 100% indoors unless you have a secure, outside enclosure.

What costs are involved?

As NQAR pays for all vet work, the only thing carers have to pay for is food, and kitty litter (if you’re fostering a cat or kitten). Of course you can spoil your foster pet (we love that!) but food (dogs) plus litter (cats and kittens) are the only expenses.

Is there a limit of how many pets I can foster?

In short, yes there is a limit to how many pets you can foster. This is decided on a case by case basis and depends on a number of factors. Things such as your lifestyle, abilities, time available, experience, type and size of your property, neighbours, council restrictions etc. Please ask us if you’d like any further info.


How can we meet the pets?

You can fill in a adoption enquiry form at the bottom or side of the pet’s profiles and request to have a meet and greet. Our Adoption Coordinator will reply within 48 hours

Is there a trial period with pet adoptions?

Yes, every adoption has a two week trial period. All paperwork, payment, and a home check will need to be done before you take the pet home with you though. If things aren’t working out, we take the pet back into foster care and refund you the adoption fee.

What is included in the adoption fee?

Desexing, vaccination, microchip, worming, and flea and tick treatment are the basics.