Easter at the museum

The Surrey Museum will host its fifth Easter Fair Saturday, April 23.

The 1-4 p.m. all-ages event will include a showcase of 12 animal rescue groups that have teamed up to teach about the “real Easter Bunny” and other animals.

Organizers say the event was conceived as a fun way to tackle the problem of abandoned holiday pets. Every Easter, adopted rabbits are abandoned or neglected as the novelty of owning them wears off and new owners realize that rabbits require as much care as other pets.

Surrey Museum programmer Oana Capota began co-ordinating the Easter Fair in 2006 as a way of educating the public on responsible animal care. The event grew until it encompassed not just rabbits, but also dogs, cats, rodents and other animals.

Animal rescue groups at this year’s fair include the AireCanada Airedale Terrier Rescue Network, Surrey SPCA; C.A.R.E.S.; Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary; Little Mischief Rescue; Small Animal Rescue Society of BC; Chihuahua Club of BC and Canada; TnT Sharpei Rescue; the Westcoast Society for the Protection & Conservation of Reptiles; Wildlife Rescue Association of BC; and, Without Borders Boxer Rescue. Admission is by donation. The museum is located at 17710 56A Ave.