Frequently Asked Questions

General

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?

Head to the ‘Contact Us’ section of our website for our bank details and if you’d like a receipt please contact us with your details using the form at the bottom of the page.
—> http://www.nqar.org.au/contact-us/

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 back 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.

Fostering

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.

Adoption

How can we meet the pets?

You can fill in a adoption enquiry form at the bottom 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.

If you have any further questions, 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).