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Pet Fostering

We have been overwhelmed by the number of people offering to foster animals for Raystede – thank you for your offers of support. As a result, we have a fantastic team of volunteers on stand-by to help the animals in need.

We are now only accepting new applications as follows;

  • We are keen to hear from you if you have experience with large dogs, bullbreeds, or experience helping dogs with more challenging behaviours through positive training methods. Applicants must have no resident pets or children, and be home for a large amount of the day.
  • Small animals, 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.
  • We are currently closed to new applications to foster easy dogs.
  • We are currently closed to new applications to foster cats.

If you feel you may have the experience and type of home needed to help dogs with more challenging behaviours, or small animals, 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 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 with 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.

Fostering is hugely rewarding and changes animals' lives.



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.

Step 1: Read through our Foster Carer Volunteer Role Description to check you can offer the ideal foster home.

Step 2: If you feel you may have the experience and type of home needed to help dogs with more challenging behaviours, or small animals, please contact our Rehoming Team via rehoming@raystede.org or 01825 880468

Step 3: 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; rehoming@raystede.org or 01825 880468. We look forward to hearing from you.

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