Driving Dogs Steer Attention to SPCA Auckland

A trio of talented tail-waggers have become a driving force in the ongoing effort to promote the option of adoption by steering the world’s attention to all of the amazing dogs who are waiting for forever homes at a New Zealand animal welfare organization.

Capturing the collective interest of dog devotees, the video of three rescue Rovers from SPCA Auckland learning how to drive quickly became an internet sensation, and now two of the dogs can officially sit behind the wheel.

On December 10th Porter– a 10-month-old Beardie Cross– and Monty– an 18-month-old Giant Schnauzer mix– became the world’s first driving dogs when they passed their driving tests. The clever canines revved up MINI Countryman’s for the event, which was witnessed live by viewers who tuned in to Campbell Live on TV3.

The Spots’ skills may have helped them on the road to finding forever families, as a number of potential pet parents have offered to adopt Porter and Monty since their TV appearance. SPCA Auckland hopes that the campaign will also raise interest in Ginny– a one-year-old Beardie Whippet mix who also took the training course but did not take the driving test.

“Driving a car actively demonstrates to potential rescue dog adopters that you can teach an old dog new tricks. The dogs have achieved amazing things in eight short weeks of training, which really shows with the right environment just how much potential all dogs from the SPCA have as family pets,” says Christine Kalin, SPCA Auckland CEO.

Each year the Auckland SPCA provides comfort and care to more than 18,000 animals.

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Grace Sydney is the Assistant Editor of DogTipper.com and CatTipper.com, covering celebrity-related rescue news. She operates the @HollywoodDogs Twitter account sharing information on celebrity fundraising for rescues and shelters.