W’VE already praised the Volkswagen Amarok to the hilt for its rugged off-road manners and car-like handling.
Now it looks as though 800 cats and dogs, seven horses and a chicken called Bernadette all agree with us, although how they managed to read our report is something of a mystery!
Altogether, 1287 animals have been rehoused using a VW Amarok since it was loaned by to Southridge RSPCA centre in Hertfordshire a year ago.
The pick-up has proved invaluable in rescuing and rehoming a huge variety of animals, from desperate dogs to persecuted parrots – and apparently the animals and staff at the centre are all mightily impressed.
As well as rescuing animals in need, the RSPCA has used the vehicle as a trusty work-horse, using its large loadspace to pick up weekly pet food donations to feed its 250 live-in animals, mend fencing around its 16 acre site and tow horse boxes as far as Scotland for animals to be rehomed.
The team has even used the pick-up as a ‘search and rescue’ vehicle, using its headlight beams to search for a stray dog reported late at night.
Anna White, manager at the RSPCA Southridge centre, said: “Having the Volkswagen Amarok at the centre has been incredible – it has allowed us to just get on with things, without thinking about whether the vehicle would be able to cope.