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Easter Bunnies Pay Veterans a Visit at Surbiton Care Home

Easter bunnies made an early appearance at Royal Star & Garter when an animal petting experience visited the charity’s Surbiton Home.

A macaw parrot, Pomeranian and Russian toy poodle dogs, Polish chicks, corn snakes, leopard tortoise and bearded dragons were also among the visitors brought to the Home by Shae Bunnies petting experience on Wednesday 5 April.

The animals spent hours at the Home, where they were cuddled and stroked by veterans in the reception area.

Afterwards resident Anne said: “It was a lovely morning. The animals were so beautiful.”

Ashley Brown, from Shae Bunnies, said: “It was absolutely amazing to see the smiles on so many faces.”


Animals are regular guests at Royal Star & Garter. Research shows stroking them can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and increase social interaction and physical activity. It has also been shown to help battle depression and loneliness.

In January, two alpacas visited the Home, and last year residents got up close to winged wonders including an African spotted eagle owl and Harris hawk during a birds of prey presentation. Pets as therapy (PAT) dogs also regularly visit, and relatives often bring their dogs to the Home when seeing a loved one.