Canine Friends Pet Therapy is a New Zealand-wide network of people who share their friendly well behaved dogs with patients in hospitals and residents in rest homes/hospices. Canine Friends is 100% run by volunteers. 100% of our funding goes to expanding the number of places we can visit. Health research in New Zealand and overseas shows clearly that many people show great improvement in their health and attitude through interaction with visiting animals. Canine Friends experience and anecdotal evidence shows that the people we visit are often energised and comforted by our visiting dog teams. Patients, residents and staff look forward to the visits. Our dogs love being patted, hugged and talked to. Dog owners enjoy seeing patients and residents faces light up as they are transported through the touch of a furry coat.