Dog-friendly movie event leads campaign to allow pets in public places

Dog-lovers say they can have difficulty finding places to go with their four-legged mates.

So on Saturday, 100 pooches joined their owners at the movies - the first 'bark' in a campaign to make New Zealand more dog-friendly.

Among the pack, Poochie Mama, Dogfather, Jinxy and Willow joined their owner Kathleen Schubert. 

"We want to do everything with our dogs,"  she said. 

From a Rottweiler dressed in a Chinese New Year dragon jacket to matchy-matchy doggies to miniature dachshunds and pound pups, no one was denied entry to watch The Secret Life of Pets 2 at Academy Cinemas in Auckland's CBD.

"We've never been to the movies since we rescued him six months ago cause we've never left him on his own," one owner told Newshub. 

Once inside, they snuggled in to see their brothers and sisters on the big screen.

Organisers say the reason behind the event say it is to create a more dog-friendly New Zealand.

They say we're behind many countries when it comes to allowing dogs in public places.

"When we've been to America we've been into really nice restaurants and people just walk on in with their dog on a lead, sit down under the table and have a meal like it's just no big deal," Organiser Caitlyn Coulston from Fur Child Supply Co told Newshub.  

"You know straight onto the train, go out in public just basically wherever you go."

Proceeds went to the SPCA, and more can be expected on the campaign to allow dogs into more public places.