Every animal that comes to Raystede is treated with compassion and dignity and is assessed by our veterinary team and behavioural assessors. If your animal has a medical condition that can be managed and our veterinary team are happy that they still have a good quality of life, then they can be rehomed.
Very rarely, our veterinary team may determine that an animal’s medical condition cannot be treated or managed, and is having a negative effect on their wellbeing. In these cases, it may be decided that the kindest action is to put that animal to sleep.
If an animal has behavioural problems, such as aggression with other dogs, we assess whether the problem can be resolved with time, training and care. If the problems persist and we cannot be confident of rehoming them safely and responsibly, Raystede may take the sad but necessary decision to put the animal to sleep. We care deeply for all the animals we look after and such decisions are never taken without serious thought.
We welcome pets of all ages and people do come to us looking to rehome one of our more senior residents. We know these animals still have much life and love to give so we would work hard to find your pet the perfect home to enjoy their retirement years.