Driving stray animal message home

HOW about a dog for a chauffeur?

Three dogs, rescued from the streets of Auckland by the SPCA, have made world headlines after being taught to drive in a bid to show abandoned dogs are intelligent.

The clever canines - 18-month-old giant schnauzer Monty, 1-year-old whippet-cross Ginny, and 10-month-old beardie-cross Porter - have gained strong interest from families who want to adopt them, as well as international attention through the videos of their driving efforts.

While adoption offers have been pouring in for two of the canine stars of Campbell Live, a third driving dog is still homeless.

Porter, a 10-month-old beardie cross and Monty, a giant schnauzer cross, got behind the wheel of a Mini Countryman on TV3's Campbell Live.

Viewers had since shown "a lot of interest" in adopting the dogs, said Auckland SPCA CEO Christine Kalin.

But the people ringing in only seemed to want the rescue dogs with the most airtime.

"Probably the least interest has been in Ginny... I think because she has less profile driving the car," she said.

One-year-old beardie whippet cross Ginny also went through the same eight-week intensive training course but didn't front on the day.

The Auckland SPCA has not yet received any offers of adoption for the equally intelligent Ginny, said Kalin.

"We've had people offer to adopt Monty and Porter. We've had less interest in Ginny so she's the one we'd really love not to have in the shelter too long."

And despite the rush for the other two, no decisions have been made on where they will go just yet.

"The key issue for us is about finding the best home possible for those dogs because they've done an exceptional job of being ambassadors for all SPCA animals throughout the country so our desire is to find the best possible home for them," Kalin said.

"The whole purpose of this campaign was to find homes for our smart and intelligent dogs. It was always our dream that SPCA dogs would be seen as the dogs of choice in Auckland and throughout the country."

She said the campaign was a creative way of getting that message across.

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