Dogs Driving Cars: SPCA New Zealand Puts Rescue Hounds Behind The Wheel (VIDEO)

A trio of dogs have learned how to drive.

Yes, you read that right. As the video above illustrates, these hounds are perfectly at ease behind the wheel.

The somewhat startling sight is the product of two months of training with Mark Vette, New Zealand TV station Campbell Live reported.

His mother chased cars... now he drives them

The stunt is part of a campaign by the New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), meant to clear up "common misconceptions" about rescue dogs.

The gist of the campaign is to show rescue dogs may have been abandoned, abused and forgotten, but they're still smart.

"Sometimes people think because they're getting an animal that's been abandoned, that somehow it's a second-class animal," SPCA Auckland CEO Christine Kalin told the New Zealand Herald. "Driving a car actively demonstrates to potential rescue dog adopters that you can teach an old dog new tricks."

The stars of campaign are Porter, Ginny and Monty, and all are canines who fell on hard times. Their success on the road shows "just how much potential all dogs from the SPCA have as family pets", Kalin adds.

The animals trained in real cars, modified to accomodate their needs. They have all received verbal commands as guidance and some steering wheel adjustment.

Next week, star pupil Porter will take the Mini Countryman for a spin -- completely unassisted -- on Campbell Live, the Fraser Coast Chronicle reports.

Probably best to keep off the roads on that day.