It is essential to book a ticket as visitor numbers are limited for the welfare of our animals, and to provide a better visitor experience.
Aviaries close at 2pm every day for the welfare of our birds.
Break Away is the animal fostering service run by Raystede, focussing on helping people who are fleeing domestic abuse or facing short-term hospitalisation and can’t take their animals with them.
Animals who join Break Away will be matched with one of our wonderful foster families and they will stay in the foster carer’s home for the duration of their time with us. Animals on Break Away will be provided with any veterinary care they need, including neutering and vaccinations where appropriate.
Once the owner is in a position to have their animals back, we will arrange for their animals to be returned to them.
We are able to assist with a variety of animal types (not just dogs and cats), and cover East Sussex, West Sussex, and Kent. Break Away is run by an all-female team and all cases are handled confidentially.
Our ability to help is entirely dependent on the availability of our foster carers and as we are a small organisation, we can only help a limited number of animals at any one time. If we don’t have any available foster carers and your animal isn’t able to join Break Away, we will suggest alternative organisations to contact.
If you have any questions about Break Away or require fostering for your animal(s), please give us a call on 01825 880468, please leave a message if we are unavailable and we will call you back. Alternatively, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If Break Away is unable to help, we advise contacting the Links Group, who may be able to offer further support.
We are always looking for more foster carers to look after animals joining Break Away, if you are interested in finding out more about becoming a foster carer, please take a look at our fostering webpage.
When Layla arrived at Raystede we were astonished by her condition. This year we have had 1,076 requests to take in dogs, like Layla, who can no longer be cared for by their owners.
This is an animal welfare crisis.
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