Meet Monty, Porter and Ginny – world’s first driving dogs. No, this is not a joke and you are free to feel awkward if you don’t have a drivers licence yet. At least this is how I felt when I first found out about the “Driving Dogs” campaign by SPCA Auckland alongside with MINI New Zealand. They teamed with animal trainer Mark Vette to teach three rescue dogs how to drive a regular car. The aim of this campaign is to change common misconceptions about the intelligence of rescue dogs. [Read more...]

Check out these amazing videos and see how these four-legged pranksters learned to drive. Don’t forget to read their cheerful stories also and be aware, that you can have one smart dog of your own by adopting and saving him from the shelter.

Website: Driving Dogs, SPCA Auckland


Hi I’m Ginny – back up driver 2. I’m a Beardie Whippet Cross. I’m 1 year old and I’m a girl. I’m also a driving dog. In June this year, I arrived at SPCA Auckland in a Police Car. I didn’t drive that time though. I let the Policeman, seeing as it was his car. I was very skinny when I first got there, but after lots of good feeds and some intense driving training, I’ve put on weight and am ready to find my forever home. Obviously I’m pretty good at driving, which is lots of fun, but if I had to pick my next favourite pass time, I’d say it’d be toys. And rough-and-tumble. And food. And balls. I am looking for an active home where I’ll get lots of exercise and fun things to do to keep me busy, when I’m not out driving or doing an oil change.


Hi, I’m Monty – back up driver 1. I’m a Giant Schnauzer cross. I’m 18 months old and I’m a boy. Oh, and I drive a MINI. In June I was surrendered to SPCA Auckland because my owners couldn’t look after me anymore. That was a sad time in my life but I’ve moved on. I drive cars now. I’m a big, strong boy so I’m looking for someone to handle my big personality. Some people say I’m bit of a goofball, but I reckon they’re just trying to keep me humble. My fur is a bit longer than most other dogs, so I need regular brushing to keep me looking sharp. I respond well to training (clearly) and once you set some rules and boundaries, I’ll be a great pet. I may even pick the kids up from soccer practice if you ask nicely.


Hi I’m Porter. I’m a Beardie Cross. I’m 10 months old and I’m a boy. I drive cars too. Before coming to SPCA Auckland in May, I used to roam the streets of Mangere East on foot, but I prefer to drive these days. I have what you might call an adventurous nature, so I need someone who can keep me in check, otherwise I’m likely to get up to mischief. That’s what they say anyway. When I’m not out cruising, I love playing with kids and chasing cats, which I’m still a little uncertain on. I can’t decide if they’re for chasing or befriending. I’m leaning towards chasing, just FYI.

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