Parts of the sanctuary, lakes area and aviaries will be closed to the public until further notice
The Government introduced an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) across the whole UK at 5pm on Wednesday 3 November. No Raystede birds are affected by this virus 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. Our animal rehoming services remain unaffected and will continue as normal; our bird rehoming service will be limited
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Foster an animal

Do you miss the company of an animal but can’t commit to adoption?

We are now accepting new applications for:

  • Experienced dog foster carers - ideally you will: have some experience of challenging behaviours, and administering medication, be home for most of the day, and not have any other animals in the home, and be happy to take on bull-breeds and larger breeds of dog.
  • 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.

If you feel you may have the experience and type of home needed to help small animals (rabbits and rodents), please contact our Rehoming Team via rehoming@raystede.org or 01825 880468. Otherwise, please check this webpage for future updates and thank you again for your support.

For those who have applied already, we will be in touch in due course.

Could you foster animals in need?

  • Do you miss the company of an animal but can’t commit to adoption? For example, you might enjoy your holidays or can’t afford an animal of your own.
  • Do you have time and patience to offer an animal? 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 with the necessary training, equipment and support, and veterinary care is provided through Raystede.
  • Animals need fostering for a variety of reasons; many have had difficult pasts or need support with more challenging behaviours. We carefully match animals with the most suitable foster home and we find fostering works best in homes without animals 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 animals or children, and with carers who are experienced with animal 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 cats, please complete an application form via the link below.
  3. If you have the experience to foster dogs or small animals, please contact our Rehoming Team via rehoming@raystede.org or 01825 880468 to discuss in further detail.
  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 animals in their care.

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

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