The Raystede Centre
  • The Raystede Centre
    The Broyle
    Ringmer, nr Lewes
    East Sussex
    BN8 5AJ
Please give our many adorable rescue dogs, cats and little companions a second chance by providing a caring home for them. We rely on your support. The Raystede Centre - Animal Welfare - Lewes

The Raystede Centre


Animal Welfare

The Raystede Centre near to Lewes was founded by Miss Raymonde-Hawkins in 1952 to prevent and relieve cruelty to animals and to protect them from unnecessary suffering. Around 1500 unwanted and abandoned animals arrive at the centre annually.

Please give a rescue animal a new home.......

Dogs, cats and other small companion animals are found new caring homes while others remain in Raystede's care for the rest of their days.

Visit our website at to see some of our animals waiting for new homes.

Please help raise funds for The Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare ......

There are at present over 1000 animals enjoying a happy and peaceful life at the centre. These include horses, donkeys, goats, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, chipmunks, pet rats, mice, hamsters, gerbils, tortoises, terrapins, many different exotic birds and a sanctuary with several lakes for ducks, geese and moorhens.

The Raystede Centre is a charity (registered charity no. 237696) and totally relies on voluntary support.

Raystede not only provides a rehoming service for the many rescue animals that are brought to us, but also offers a great day out for the family, with the many walks, picnic areas, and film shows.

Come and take a look.........

Tea Cosy Cafe

Free entry – Aviary – Sanctuary walks - Picnic Area Gift Charity shop - Facilities for the disabled

We can now offer a great cup of tea or coffee, as well as cold drinks cakes and biscuits, and on occasion there will also be home made cake. 
Hot soup & crusty bread, toasted & fresh sandwiches daily.

Opening Times:

Raystede is open to the public between 10.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m every day except for Christmas day, boxing day and new years day. 

Visitors can enjoy various walks and see the work we do here. There is a Visitor Centre where films are on show and pictures and information displayed.

Raystede also has a gift shop, picnic area, parking and toilet facilities


We have exciting events happening throughout the year, so please refer to out website for further details.

Spend a pleasant afternoon visiting the Wildlife in our Sanctuary. Stroll around our beautiful grounds and support us in our work with animals in need.

Caring volunteers wanted - to foster pets temporarily to help families in crisis. Make a difference call:
Tel 01825 880478

Please see site for additional venues.

Volunteers Needed:

Volunteers wanted to help in our shop / café from 12 noon onwards,  2hours or more would be a great help.  Please contact Valerie Carus 01825 880473. Or for more information.

Please help raise funds for Raystede Animal Welfare

For an annual subscription of £5- members receive a Quarterly magazine with information, animal stories and details of fund raising events.   You can also sponsor the cost of your favourite animal's food for a month.


Friends and supporters of Raystede who use the online auction site eBay may be interested to know that they can now choose to donate a percentage of any sale to Raystede.

Please see our website for further details

We look forward to seeing you:

The Raystede Centre
Animal Welfare
The Broyle
Ringmer, nr Lewes

The Raystede Centre-Animal Welfare

Registered Charity No.237696

Registered Office: Raystede, Ringmer, Lewes East Sussex BN8 5AJ.

Registered in England No. 816674

Please mention "The Best of Lewes" when responding to The Raystede Centre- Animal Welfare Society, advertising in Animal Welfare Societies, Lewes

The Best of Lewes : Category : Animal Welfare Societies

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