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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Thinking about adopting a pet but don’t know where to begin?

We’re here to help!

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of Raystede’s brand new Adoption Information Mornings, starting on Tuesday 17 January.

Free to attend, no need to book, just come along on one of the dates listed below and find out all you need to know about adopting a pet and welcoming them into your home.

Every Tuesday morning, 10am to 12 noon at the following locations:

Raystede Café
Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, The Broyle, Ringmer, BN8 5AJ

Tuesday 17 January
Tuesday 24 January

Tuesday 7 February
Tuesday 14 February
Tuesday 21 February
Tuesday 7 March


Raystede’s Charity Shop in Lewes town centre.
Raystede Charity Shop, 3 Eastgate Wharf, Lewes, BN7 2LP

Tuesday 31 January
Tuesday 28 February

NB – there won't be an opportunity to meet specific animals at this event, but you can register your interest and apply to adopt.

We will give you lots of information and support when you adopt.

  • At Raystede, we rescue, rehome and care for animals of all shapes and sizes from dogs, cats and rabbits to mice, guinea pigs and even horses. We work to improve welfare standards through education and awareness.
  • Adopting an animal is a big decision. Before you apply, have you thought about what is involved? Raystede’s Rehoming Mornings are the perfect place to find out more. Just pop along speak to one of our friendly team.
  • When animals arrive with us, we get to know them through behaviour and medical assessments. Our expert animal care teams carefully use this information alongside your application to see if the match could be a success.
  • All our animals are health-checked, neutered and vaccinated before being rehomed. There’s a fee which varies according to species. Raystede is with you throughout the process and on hand to provide support and advice for the rest of the animal’s life.

We will give you lots of information and support when you adopt.

  • At Raystede, we rescue, rehome and care for animals of all shapes and sizes from dogs, cats and rabbits to mice, guinea pigs and even horses. We work to improve welfare standards through education and awareness.
  • Adopting an animal is a big decision. Before you apply, have you thought about what is involved? Raystede’s Rehoming Mornings are the perfect place to find out more. Just pop along speak to one of our friendly team.
  • When animals arrive with us, we get to know them through behaviour and medical assessments. Our expert animal care teams carefully use this information alongside your application to see if the match could be a success.
  • All our animals are health-checked, neutered and vaccinated before being rehomed. There’s a fee which varies according to species. Raystede is with you throughout the process and on hand to provide support and advice for the rest of the animal’s life.

If you are ready to apply and have seen an animal on our website that you think would be a good match, please apply online here.

If you have already registered with us and are interested in a particular animal on our website, then please email info@raystede.org

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