At Raystede they rescue, rehome and provide sanctuary for more than 1500 animals each year. It is free to visit almost every day of the year and very important to their work is their educational service, used by schools in East Sussex and beyond. They also offer guidance to all ages on caring for animals.
They say: “Our Sanctuary, with its sizeable lakes, offers a safe haven for visiting waterfowl as well as for our chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese. We also offer a lifelong home for goats, horses, ponies and donkeys which are no longer wanted.”
This little person is named Sweetpea, and she is sooo friendly and gorgeous! You can see in the background the fields in which the goats can go to play.
Sweetpea again, what an adorable face!
This is Toffee! Isn’t he a splendid gentleman? Here he is standing in front of the stables and next to the climbing frame.
Toffee again – here he is trying to reach for a piece of paper I am holding. I love his beard!
Reach! Now he’s going for my camera.
Mmm! Tasty. He has a lovely soft tongue, he licked my fingers.
Hello there! Rocky is 7 years old. He likes people and scratching.
This is Lettie – she is taller than the other goats, so she can stand on her hind legs and eat off of the trees. Isn’t she so delightfully pretty?
Lettie again, having a good back-rub on the side of the stable
Snowdrop having a good scratch
This is where the goats live and spend a lot of their time.
Sadly, while they do a lot of good for some animals, Raystede sells meat, fish, eggs and dairy in their cafe, thus paying for a lot of animal suffering and encouraging their supporters to do the same. A two year campaign of letter writing and a petition asking them to make their cafe vegan has received no response from those in charge who seem to think they are not answerable for the betrayal of their founder’s mission to make the world a better place for ALL animals.