Time is flying

Hi all,

Time is flying by so quickly this year and Russell and Norma jean are STILL at YAPS as well as other long termers, beautiful sisters Aretha and Oprah.  All beautiful natured dogs, a quirk or two but loving and in need of a forever home.  YAPS also have some darling little senior dogs… Pedro and Blazer, 9yo and 14yo.  Sadly their owner passed on and now the seniors need a new home.  If you are a senior couple and enjoy walking, these guys do too.  I have walked them and they were so happy and loved being out and about.  Talk to YAPS staff if you need more information about any of the furbabies.

Friends of YAPS have been doing a few bbq fundraisers outside IGA Piccones  on Pease St.  Our volunteers love this venue for fundraising so we try and book a spot when we can. Thank you to all our cake makers who donated their delicious cakes for our stall, your efforts are appreciated.
The $100 money board was won by a lady whose name was not given to me but she donated the money back to us, so kind and generous, thank you.

The latest raffle is the Christmas raffle and tickets are available from the YAPS office, as well as Marlin Coast Veterinary on the highway at towards Trinity Beach turnoff.

Yorkeys Knob State School will be having their 60th anniversary and Friends of YAPS were invited to have a stall to help promote YAPS and fundraise.  This should be a great event so make sure you check it out.

If you didn’t see the beautiful crop of sunflowers at Freshwater, you missed out on a beautiful scene.   Unfortunately some people did pick the sunflowers which resulted in a sign to say no picking.  If everyone picked a sunflower, there would be none left for the community to see.  Anyways the farmer is now starting on another crop.  He planted the sunflowers for his daughters wedding.  He did a fab job and I thank him for it and to allow the public to come and take photos and populate social media with sunflower pics.  People were very creative too.


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August 2017

Hi to those who actually flick to WordPress for a look.

So the Council decided to let YAPS keep the dog registration $ that come their way upon people adopting a dog so that’s something.

Onwards and upwards and YAPS still kicks on and has a neverending supply of mama dogs and pups plus the surrendered, those from the pound, those found and taken to YAPS and not claimed, those neglected and abused.  There will always be a steady supply because people still choose not to desex their pets and forget about the birds and the bees apply to dogs and cats too.

Cute little puppies embrace YAPS ..  little C puppies and their beautiful mum Cabaret.  Another mum Storm and her 3 pups,  and there will be more to come.

Great news, long termer Roxanne was adopted .. how brilliant is that. She had been out on foster care a few times, to give her a break from the kennel environment.  Fingers crossed it sticks.   Darling Ted the Staffy x also got a home.  He is such a love and although he can get super excited, he is well behaved and just loves people.  I am so happy for these two long termers. Now we need to get Norma Jean adopted.  Russell is will have been at YAPS for 2yrs soon..  He is a special case and it takes a very caring and considerate family who will be able to handle his outbursts if a motorbike goes along.  Maybe he can be desensitized with training ? as I said, a special and understanding family will be needed .. but the staff will be able to tell you more about him and his needs.

Norma Jean..  I went into her yard she shares with Russell after I had taken them separately for a walk .. and I just got smothered with their kisses..  they really enjoyed having me spend 5 minutes just talking to them and giving them back rubs and cuddles .. it was really moments to treasure.  It is always a good idea to spend time with the YAPS dogs because you find out more of their personality and character.  PicsArt_08-13-04.06.28

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half way mark

HI everyone,

So you have read the news about YAPS losing their $35,000 funding from the Cairns Regional Council..  pretty shabby indeed.  Well Cairns dog and cat loving community and  have banded together to support YAPS by signing a petition ..  Over 5000 signatures already … pretty amazing.  Also a Facebook group called Yaps Matters has been created by a YAPS supporter .. which you are welcome to join and share a pic of your ex YAPS furbaby or even one not from YAPS.  To those already who have signed the petition, THANK YOU !!


Check out the latest edition of Yappy News… under the newsletters menu option.

We need a pic for the blog so here is one I took one arvo of  sisters (litter sisters) Oprah and Aretha.  They have been at YAPS since they were a few months old and are still waiting for their forever home.  Beautiful girls they are and they clearly love each other, but they do get to hang out with other dogs at YAPS and not just with each other.. as they are cruisey girls.


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Happy Easter

Happy Easter to everyone who reads this blog.   Easter Monday and YAPS is open for business again after just two days closed to the public I think.  Of course work doesn’t stop at YAPS as there are dogs to be fed, kennels cleaned, medication to be given to those with ailments.  It just doesn’t stop but they do close to the public.

Now further to my previous blog post, April the giraffe at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville USA,  gave birth to a strapping male calf .. according to my clock as I watched it live streaming on youtube and then on Facebook Live, it was 11:55pm Qld time.  It sure was a brilliant thing to witness with my 10yo daughter Eve.   He has yet to be named and they are doing a competition for that.  $1 per name.

April’s calf

Some great news during the week, Tilly the long termer tortoiseshell cat was adopted.  I really hope she settles ok and her and her new family love each other.  Fingers crossed for Minxy Moo as she is the next long termer.  Good luck girls.

Russell still awaits a home but thankfully he has Penny to have playdates with in the yards. .. Norma Jean is another long termer now, she hangs out with Sir Reginald. ..  a year is way too long to be in a rescue.

Now don’t forget we are selling the 2017/18 Entertainment books.  Please email friendsofyaps@gmail.com or purchase online from our link


Coming up on 22 April is Animal Education Day at Gordonvale.  If you are lookin gat adopting a pet, there will be numerous rescues and dog/cat related products being promoted.  If you already have a dog, take it down for a morning out and if you don’t have pets and don’t want one but still adore them, a good opportunity to pat some dogs.

30 April at Palm Cove near the jetty, is Palm Cove Dog Show .. dress your dog up and yourself even, pay $10 to enter the comp and you could win a prize.  It is a fundraiser for YAPS so you know where the entry free goes.  It has been a great event the past two years I have been. One think I noticed, Palm Cove people love their dogs.   Flyers are on the ‘upcoming event’s page.

cheers Anna


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April .. soon to be Easter

Hi all,

April the giraffe still has not given birth .. I know it’s crazy !!   many thousands of us have been monitoring youtube  since February and she is pottering to the finishing line though.. The signs of pending labour are there .. like full udder, swollen vulva (yes I know it’s a weird word) and lack of appetite.  If you want to follow April, go to http://www.aprilthegiraffe.com and click on the ‘watch the giraffe cam’.  That is the only official live stream of April, anything else is fake.   Animal Adventure Park are milking the craze and supplying tshirts and soft toys and even a text alert for when April does give birth.  You know what .. that’s ok .. it’s a happy thing.  I have loved watching April, learning about giraffes, checking out the fb page and knowing that amongst the gloom of world news that we see so often, something joyful is about to occur by way of April the giraffe giving birth.   To be pregnant for 15 months is ridiculous though.  I know after 10 months I couldn’t wait to give birth.  Poor April, many a mother sympathises.

On another note, there are always dogs and cats that go missing and cannot find home and Romeo the cat from Gordonvale, Bear Bear from Trinity Park,  ..   Please keep an eye out for these furbabies .. dearly missed by their humans.   Also make sure your pet is microchipped .. essential for reuniting your pet with you when it’s gone for walkabouts.

Another note, please check the upcoming events page as we have two coming up.  Animal Education Day at Gordonvale on 22 April  and Palm Cove Dog Show on 30 April.  Check our event page for flyers with info.  ps >> HAPPY EASTER  ..

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March already !

Hi all,

I’m a bit slack with the blog .. life gets in the way and also now the madness I am into is April the giraffe .. she is at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville USA.  There is a webcam with a live stream to youtube in the giraffe enclosure where April is housed as she is due to give birth to a little giraffe any day now. Of course she isn’t in labour yet as I type this but people from all over the world have been watching the stream. It is amazing just to watch April.  Oliver the father of her calf is in the stall next to her.  If you want to check it all out  ..  go to Animal Adventure Park on Facebook OR .. a site created just for April  .. http://www.aprilthegiraffe.com  and you can find the official youtube live feed.  There are other fake sites etc so it is best to go to the website and go from there.  It’s a whole big production with giraffe emoticons and apparel  .. such a great thing for people to see as we have so much doom and gloom in the news and makes a change from politics.  Any woman who has been pregnant for 10 months knows the end game and how uncomfortable you are .. well 15 months pregnancy for a giraffee !!  April looks so uncomfortable and finds it difficult to lay on the ground now.  Harpursville is about 15 hours behind our Cairns time.


At YAPS at this point in time there are loads of dogs .. and puppies too  so if you are up for a new family member, swing by and check them out.  Take them away from the kennels in order to get a true vision of the furry four legged friend as all of them are so different away from that environment.


Ruby came out with me a week ago and she loved being out with different smells.  She gets a little too overwhelmed by the heat and doesn’t want to go too far but just being out helped with her mental wellbeing.  She is a beautiful girl.

Roxanne is out on foster which is great as is Sugar and Jayda .. of course unless they have been adopted by their foster families ..

Ripley loves the wet weather especially when there is a muddy pool of water, she plonks in it and then you have a half muddy dog.  She is gorgeous though.





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What happened in December 2016

Hi everyone,

Sharing below the photos from Friends of YAPS Facebook page  ..   I am hoping this works and you can click on the image and it will take you to a fb page where you can see the photos individually.  Amazing local artist Hayley Gillespie is photographed with the beautifully decorated tree with her own creations.

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Welcome to 2017

Welcome lovely people to January 2017, a new year of fundraising ahead of us.

First up is Paws on the Path, well, other things might crop up in the mean time as March is 3 months away and kids still have to go back to school on 23 Jan.  Time flies these days.

Anyways thanks for sticking with us and supporting Friends of YAPS and YAPS.  The updated cover of our FOY fb page. 🙂
I have yet to update our blog banner so that will come in the next few days.


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Have your pet photographed with Santa at PetStock Smithfield

Hi lovely people,

This weekend is going to be a good one as Santa is coming to PetStock Smithfield from 10-2pm so if you want to bring your pet down for a photo for $5, then give the Smithfield store a call and book a time.    Last year we had cats come in as well as a guinea pig, Bearded Dragon  so unusual is cool.  We are lucky Matt Hagan the Cairns Snake Catchers kids didn’t bring a snake as I think Santa may have peed his red pants.

Also PetStock have the wishing tree so spread the word that donations will be accepted to go under the wishing tree.

We also have the Christmas Party 80’s theme at Edge Hill Bowls Club.  Any animal loving person is welcome, so if volunteers have a bestie they would like to come along, please email friendsofyaps@gmail.com to book seats.     Should be a fun night with 80’s music .. which is a fave of mine .. Remember Billy Idol, Wham, Duran Duran, Bananarama, Culture Club,.  just to name a few.

So please come along.



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What’s going on !

Hi lovelies.

We have had the trivia night at Barron River Hotel on Thursday 29 September, was another successful night of fundraising and raised $800 including money board and raffle tickets sold.  Thanks to James and his crew at the Barron River Hotel as it was another great night of fun, yet tricky questions.  20161002_russell-blessed

Sunday came and Russell, YAPS long termer was taken out by Tricia to be blessed at St Peters at Kewarra Beach.  It is an annual service to bless animals and was conducted by Rev Elisabeth Daniels who is the human mum of doggy Lilly, a former YAPS dog.  Russell came back to YAPS with a bandana which he was bless in and I took a photo of him.  He is such a well behaved boy when he is out and about.

Another YAPS dog had leave on Sunday too and it was darling Kelpie x called Trouble.  He is no trouble though but was natroubles-day-outmed because it was a bit of trouble in catching him as he was roaming across from the tip at Smithfield and people trying to help him had no luck until another person tried the following day and I believe she just opened the car door and he hopped right in.  The darling boy can be timid and wary of strangers but once he is used to you, he is the sweetest affectionate boy.  Having the Kelpie gene in him, he needs to be active and the working dogs like instructionst too.  Anyways Trouble had his tail between his legs a lot of the time we were out and only freaked a bit when a bunch of youths came near to go into the shop and he backed up scared.  He has no problem with my (almost 10yo) daughter Eve  so it’s not the youth factor, it’s more just strangers in general.  Regardless of his environmental anxiety, he was still well behaved and I think enjoyed being away from the kennel environment.


Just a heads up, YAPS will have a stall at Stratford at the markets this coming weekend, not sure which day .. and also at Palm Cove.  Some YAPS dogs may be out and about too having some day leave from YAPS.

cheers .. Anna



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