ADOPT a small animal

Are you interested in giving a loving home to small animals such as mice, hamsters, guinea pigs or rabbits? At Raystede we our small animal section cares for up to 60 animals at any one time.

Click here to view the small animals available for adoption

We do have some simple guidelines for our potential carers.  Each type of small animal requires different sorts of care and housing and in our Meet the animals section you can find more details. Our Small Animal team are happy to explain to potential carers what each animal needs.

All the small animals receive the very best of care while here at Raystede, including any needed medication, health checks, and neutering (where applicable). Rabbits also receive vaccinations and microchipping.

Adoption feesRat

To cover some of our costs, we ask for an adoption fee of;

  • Rabbits  - £30
  • Chinchillas - £30
  • Guinea Pigs - £20
  • Rats - £15
  • Degus £10
  • Mice, Hamsters and Gerbils - £5

Next steps

If you would like to find out more about adopting a small animal from Raystede, please call the Small Animals team on 01825 840252. You can fill out an application form at Customer Services, where the Small Animals team will also need to see clear photos of your potential pet's accommodation before your application can be approved.

Nearly there...

All that remains is to arrange a time to collect your new family members. Please phone the Small Animals team to book an appointment with our Rehoming team.


At Raystede we rehome many types of animal. This film focuses on our efforts to rehome our Chinchillas.

If you are interested in adopting chinchillas, please contact the Small Animals team. 


Raystede Rabbit Runs

The minimum sized run recommended by Raystede; 304 x 200 x 90 cm / 10 x 6.5 x 3 ft 

We also ask for a hutch/shed of at least 180 x 60 x 60cm / 6 x 2 x 2 ft                                                                 

Using aviary panels, a large rabbit run can be constructed both cheaply and quickly and moved around a garden easily.
Fruit netting would be a cheap option for use as a cover for your run, but something stronger and sturdier would be needed to protect against predators.

The Small Animals team are always here to advise.



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