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News 25.09.20

Welcoming our visitors back to Raystede

From Monday September 14th we will be welcoming back general visitors but tickets must be booked in advance.

We are delighted to announce the re-opening of Raystede to general visitors via a new ticketing system. Tickets are free of charge and can be booked online HERE.

Rehoming, adoption and surrender of animals will continue to be by appointment only.

Please use the email address: with any enquiries and they will be allocated to the relevant section. You can also call our Customer Services Team on 01825 840252

Useful Telephone Numbers/email:

Customer Services: 01825 840252

Rehoming: or 01825 880468

Peaceways Pet Crematorium: 07985 925378

Fundraising and to donate: 01825 840747

Raystede Charity Shop: 01825 880475

You can also donate via our website via this LINK

When can I visit?

From Monday 14th September tickets are available to book, half hourly arrival slots are being used in order to manage social distancing. Every visitor over the age of 3, needs a ticket. Unfortunately, admission will not be granted without a valid ticket. You can stay with us until 4pm when the Centre closes. You can book your tickets HERE

I wish to adopt an animal or give up a pet - do I need a ticket?

We are accepting online applications to adopt a pet and introductions, reserving an animal and adoptions are all by appointment. Those that have an appointment will not need a ticket to enter the site. To download an application form and learn more about adopting through Raystede, please visit our adoption pages.

For more information about giving up a pet click here.

Our Rehoming team can be contacted on 01825 880468 if you cannot find what you need on the website.

Will you be accepting donated items for the Raystede Charity Shop and animal food/pet goods when you re-open?

From Friday 18th September we will be accepting donations for our Charity Shop and donations of animal food and pet goods on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (only) 10am to 3pm. If you are donating items on these days and wish to also visit Raystede you will need to book a ticket prior to your visit. If you are only donating items and not visiting the site, Shop or Café there is no need to book a ticket as donations can be left in a storage facility in the car park without accessing the main site. Please note that it costs the charity vital funds to dispose of items that are unsuitable or in an unsellable condition so please don’t include these, here is a list of what we cannot accept. If you are unsure about donating any goods for our Shop please call our Charity Shop Team on: 01825 880475 to check if we need and can use your items or call Customer Services if you are unsure whether we can use any pet goods or animal food. Please note we can only accept unopened food/treats for our animals in its original packaging.

Am I still able to buy Pet Food, Cat Litter and other Pet Goods from Raystede?

We are continuing to offer a Pet Food and Pet Goods collection service by appointment please call our Customer Services Team on 01825 840252 or email: with your requirements and we will reply with availability and prices. Our Pet Goods shop will be open as usual to general visitors on site who have a valid entry ticket for that day.

Do I need a ticket to visit the Raystede charity shop?

Yes. There is no access to any area on site, including the Raystede Charity Shop, unless you have a valid ticket for that day.

Will the Café be open to Visitors with a ticket?

Refreshments on site will be available from “Little Grazers” takeaway van. From October 5th, our Café will be open also. We politely ask that you do not bring a picnic to Raystede, please support us and use our Café.

Do I need to wear a mask?

It is optional to wear a mask around the site but as per government guidelines if you visit any of the shops, Customer Services or the mobile catering facility on site you will need to wear a mask. When the Café re-opens visitors will be required to wear a mask for ordering takeaway, not when you are seated at your table.

Data protection

We are collecting your data and issuing tickets to help reduce the risk of a local outbreak of Coronavirus and in line with government guidelines. We want to do everything we can to protect our staff, customers, visitors and the wider community. The data you give when booking, will be used in relation to your visit to Raystede. Please be aware that your data will also be stored for 21 days in relation to COVID19 Track & Trace. We will only share your data with NHS Track & Trace, if asked, in the event of another visitor/customer testing positive for coronavirus. It will not be used for marketing or other purposes unless you give us permission. All businesses that take personal information must comply with relevant data protection law. You can see how we will keep your data secure here.

How you can support Raystede going forward

Please consider making a one-off donation to Raystede, whatever you can, every penny counts. To make a one-off donation click HERE

  • You can also make a regular monthly donation by clicking here
  • If you have a standing order/direct debit, why not increase the monthly amount for a while by emailing us (with your supporter number if you have it) at:
  • If you are on social media, please share our Facebook posts and retweet on Twitter, this really helps.
  • Join our Lottery here
  • Buy something for the animals at Raystede from our Amazon Wishlist
  • Let friends know that we are selling pet supplies and they can check availability and prices by emailing their requirements to: or buy from us on site when they visit with a valid entry ticket.

We look forward to seeing you at Raystede very soon!

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