Members of a volunteer group in Rotorua are sharing their best friends with others in the community.

The Canine Friends Group was founded in Wellington in 1990 by Eileen Curry who was moved by the despair of an elderly woman going into care and unabled to take her beloved dog with her. Curry offered to visit her with her own dogs and quickly realised this could be a service that would bring comfort to many people.

The Canine Friends Pet Therapy Group has been in Rotorua since 2008. For the past eight years Mary Barton and her Sydney silky terrier