Foster an animal - Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare
Raystede welcomes visitors to gain a unique glimpse into the work of an animal welfare charity.
Entry is free. To help control numbers onsite, visitors must please book a ticket – this is for the welfare of our animals and the safety and enjoyment of our visitors.
Book your visit!

Foster an animal

Do you miss the company of a pet but can’t commit to adoption?

We are now accepting new applications for:

  • Dog foster carers - ideally you will: have some experience of challenging behaviours, administering medication, be home for most of the day, and not have any other animals in the home.
  • Cat foster carers - ideally you will: have experience of caring for cats, be home for most of the day, and not have any other animals in the home.
  • Small animal foster carers - such as rabbits and guinea pigs. We are seeking experienced carers to house small animals indoors, to recuperate from illness or operations. Rabbits would need a quiet, rabbit-safe indoor space, such as a spare room.

Could you foster pets in need?

  • Do you miss the company of a pet but can’t commit to adoption? For example, you might enjoy your holidays or can’t afford a pet of your own.
  • Do you have time and patience to offer a pet? Fostering best suits people who are home most of the day, such as those who work from home or are retired.
  • We are here to offer you the necessary training, equipment and support, and veterinary care is provided through Raystede.
  • Pets need fostering for a variety of reasons; many have had difficult pasts or need support with more challenging behaviours. We carefully match pets with the most suitable foster home and we find fostering works best in homes without pets or young children.

The length of fostering varies depending on the individual animals' needs but is usually for around 3 months or until the animal finds a new home.

To apply to foster:

We find fostering works best in homes without other pets or children, and with carers who are experienced with pet ownership. Applicants must live within 45 minutes of Raystede and be at home for most of the day.

  1. Read through our Foster Carer Volunteer Role Description to check you can offer the ideal foster home.
  2. If you feel you may have the experience and type of home needed to help dogs or cats who need fostering, please complete our online application form below.
  3. If you feel like you have the space and experience to foster rabbits and other small animals, please contact the Rehoming Team on 01825 880468 or email to discuss.
  4. If your application looks suitable for fostering animals, we will contact your nominated referees and arrange a home visit with yourself.

We receive a lot of interest in fostering for which we are extremely grateful. However, please be aware that this means not all applications will be successful and many volunteers do not regularly have foster pets in their care.

For more information on fostering, please contact our Rehoming Team: or 01825 880468. We look forward to hearing from you.

Your kind donation helps us to rescue and care for more animals in need.

We rely on your support to save animal's lives & do the work we do.

Monthly Donation One-off Donation