About Raystede

ReceptionAt Raystede we are passionate about the wellbeing of all animals and are committed to giving them the best possible life.  We rescue, rehome and provide sanctuary for more than 2000 animals each year.

We have been caring for animals for 60 years but we are always looking to the future, improving our services and facilities as funding permits. As a registered charity we rely entirely on voluntary donations. We are very proud of the professionalism of our staff and volunteers.

Raystede is free to visit almost every day of the year and very important to our work is our educational service, used by schools in East Sussex and beyond. We also offer guidance to all ages on caring for animals.

Our Sanctuary, with its sizeable lakes, offers a safe haven for visiting waterfowl as well as for our chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese. We also offer a lifelong home for goats, horses, ponies and donkeys which are no longer wanted.

We are always seeking more help and support for our work, and there are many possibilities for sponsorship of animals and donations. We also receive support in kind from people offering their time as volunteers and fundraisers.

  • Success Stories


    Success stories from Raystede

  • Our History


    Raystede was founded in 1952 by Miss M Raymonde-Hawkins MBE with the aim of preventing and...

  • The Team


    We have a team of 80 full and part-time staff who are passionate about the welfare of the animals...

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