Adopting a small animal is extremely rewarding but is also a big commitment. Each animal has their own individual and specific needs, so it’s very important that you understand and meet their individual requirements.
All our small animals available for rehoming are listed on our website with a detailed description of their characteristics and needs, so you can see if you think any may be a suitable match for you. The website is updated regularly with new arrivals, so don’t worry if you haven’t spotted a potential match just yet!
All visits to Raystede to adopt or give up an animal are by appointment only. We accept online applications to adopt an animal and will consider reserves, introductions, and adoptions on a case-by-case basis. Due to the high volume of enquiries being received we are not currently able to respond immediately to every application we receive.
Step 1: Submit your application form
Tell us about your home, lifestyle, experience, and the type of animal you are hoping to share your life with.
Due to the high volume of enquiries we receive, we regret that we are not able to respond to every application but please be assured we have your details.
Step 2: Don’t be a stranger
Once you have registered with us, please keep an eye on our website for new arrivals.
If you spot an animal that you think may be a suitable match, there is no need to submit another application. Please contact us directly to highlight your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01825 880468.
When animals arrive at Raystede, we get to know them through behaviour and medical assessments. Our expert animal care teams carefully use this information alongside your application to see if the match could be a success.
Step 3: A meet & greet invitation
You will be invited to Raystede to meet any animals who might suit your home. We will discuss the animal's background, health, and behaviour. This sometimes requires a few visits. Please note that booking a visitor ticket to Raystede does not enable you to meet an animal you are interested in adopting.