We're an animal rescue site near Lewes in East Sussex.
We rescue, rehabilitate and rehome a wide variety of animals.
We believe that every animal has the right to health, happiness and freedom from suffering. Supporters have told us that we 'go the extra mile' for animal welfare.
The site was originally started in the 1930's by a powerhouse of a woman, a stern ex Head Mistress with a deep passion for animal welfare, Miss M Raymonde-Hawkins MBE.
She made a commitment to provide 'facilities that were equal to or better than existing animal rescue centres', and, from the back garden of her cottage, Raystede was born.
Something that's a little different about our animal rescue site is that we're open to the public!
Although our main purpose is to rehome and provide sanctuary for animals in need, we also welcome people to visit the site.
The impact of this is twofold - Firstly the animals who need a new home get more exposure, which increases their chances of finding their perfect foreverhome.
Secondly, when people visit our animal rescue site they tend to also support our work, whether by making a donation, becoming a friend, a sponsor or just spending money in our fabulous cafe and charity shop.
It's a win-win.
We're so proud of our beautiful animal rescue site and we'd love to share it with you.
Over the years the animal rescue site has undergone numerous expansions.
Raystede now occupies 43 acres of land, including our beautiful Sanctuary, which is a peaceful area with lakes, where wildfowl come to visit us.
With help from our supporters we've been able to expand our facilities and now have state of the art kennels which can house up to 30 dogs at any one time. The cattery here at Raystede is also pretty special.
When people visit the animals, rather than being a dreary experience, they pick up on the fact that this is a fresh new start.
Many animals need to be rehomed through no fault of their own (often due to a death, change of circumstances like a relationship breakdown, or indeed neglect or abuse).
We're pleased that the atmosphere at our animal rescue site is a positive one.
We have such a wide variety of animals here, from cats, dogs, small animals and hens, all looking for new homes to our equine herd and exotics who are with us for life.
Not everyone can adopt an animal, we understand that.
You might really want to support us with our work rescuing and rehoming animals in need, and not be in a position to provide a home (perhaps you work all day or have very young children).
One of the most rewarding ways you can help is to sponsor the animals.
When you sponsor the animals it's the next best thing to adopting, because you can still come and visit your animal section on certain days of the year, plus you get regular updates about how the animals are getting on.
You may also be able to help by fostering an animal from our animal rescue site - providing short term respite for those who do not cope well at the centre, until they find their foreverhome.
Another way to support Raystede is by becoming a Friend of Raystede.
As a friend you get a set of benefits as well as invites to special 'friends only' private events, including behind the scenes tours at Raystede.
Want to learn more about how your support helps to save animals lives? Check out some of our success stories here.
And be sure to sign up to our newsletter to stay in touch and get updates from Raystede on how all the animals are doing at our animal rescue site.
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