In a new campaign, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is trying to get the word out that shelter dogs make great pets — and with Mini's help, good drivers.
Mini of New Zealand has teamed up with the organization to raise awareness about rescue dogs throughout the world. Driving the campaign — literally — are three furry friends and one Mini Countryman .
SPCA chose Porter, Monty and Ginny, shelter dogs from Aukland, for the training course. After eight weeks, these old dogs learned several new tricks, including starting the car, accelerating in a straight line, turning a corner and braking.
Mini modified the Countryman's pedals, gearshift and steering wheel so the dogs could reach the components, but cautions that the stunts were done in a safe, controlled environment and should not be attempted by pet owners.
"We hope that Porter, Monty and Ginny learning to drive a Mini Countryman will encourage people to make the SPCA their first choice when adopting a dog," Simonne Mearns, Mini NZ brand manager, said in a statement.
Check out the program's Facebook page and watch the videos below.