The UK Government have applied an Avian Influenza Protection Zone across the UK. This means that we must close our Aviaries to the public until the restrictions are lifted.
We do NOT have this virus at Raystede but we are required to put in place a range of measures to protect our birds. We are still open and welcome visitors to the rest of the site – please book your ticket.
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Equine Loan to Rehome

Our loan to rehome scheme is for people looking to adopt an equine from Raystede. The first year involves taking an equine on loan then, if all goes well, the loan will turn into a permanent adoption.

What is Loan to Rehome?

For many years the animals that come into Raystede’s equine department have always remained with us in sanctuary for the rest of their days. Horses, ponies and donkeys are a real commitment to keep, due to the care they need, and they are also one of the most expensive animals to look after. People often ask us to take their equines in, but despite our best intentions to help, it is not always possible because we have a number of our own.

In light of this, we are now making many of our equines available to be loaned out to homes as companion animals; some individually and some in pairs or small groups. Raystede will undertake assessments and home checks both before and after the loan of an equine is agreed, and after a year of loaning you can officially adopt your equine (subject to successful home checks). We will make sure they are just as loved and well cared for as they would be with us. This will then allow us to help more animals in need of space at our site. Then in time, we will hopefully be able to find homes and families for the new animals we have been able to care for and help.

Submit your application form

Please complete an application form to tell us about your home, lifestyle, experience, and the type of equine you are hoping to share your life with.

Loan to rehome application form

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We consider applications for our Equine loan to rehome scheme from the radius shown on the map below:

To apply to rehome an equine:

Please see our Loan to Rehome Information and FAQs, and then complete a Loan to Rehome application form. Once received, a member of the team will contact you to discuss your application.

If you would like more information about loaning one of our equines, please get in touch with our Rehoming Team on 01825 880468 or email

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