Homeless Spaniel Holly was given a new home with a difference when she was found wandering the streets.
The caring canine was given a loving new life at a Dearne old folks home and was quickly given a job - as a ‘therapy dog’.
The two-year-old was rescued from the streets in Barnsley and now provides companionship for residents at Epworth House Care Centre in Thurnscoe.
Centre manager Tracey Jowitt, 44, said: “All of the residents really love her.
“They can’t wait to go on walks around the grounds of the centre with her and there is always someone stroking her in our communal areas as they watch TV and see the comings and goings at the centre.
“Holly really does put a smile on everyone’s face.”
She added that her daughter Chloe found the poor pooch on the street in Barnsley a couple of months ago.
The dog was in a poor state of health and was taken immediately to the vets.
Mrs Jowitt added: “Her fur was really matted and she was just skin and bone. It looked like she hadn’t had a good meal for ages.
“It was such a sad sight to see, We felt awful for her and can never understand why pets are just put out of the house.
“She was chipped and we traced the owners through the vet but they didn’t want her back.
“We couldn’t face putting her in a dog pound she we brought her here to the care home.”
The care home boss explained that having a pet at the facility brings health benefits for the elderly residents.
She said: “Holly is the first therapy dog we have had and she really is beneficial to our residents.
“It is a really pioneering scheme and I don’t think that many care homes have one even though it has been known for some time that therapy dogs can be beneficial.
“She puts a smile on everyone’s face.
“If our residents are happier then this helps to keep them cheerful and just makes daily life at the home that little bit easier.
“Some of our residents may also feel a little lonely from time to time having lost loved ones and friends.
“But having Holly there gives them a welcome boost and a new friend. She is our most popular resident.”