CATS had a lucky escape after an animal care centre was flooded.
Torrential rain earlier this month almost resulted in soggy moggies at mypetstop in Washington.
Luckily, staff managed to pack 15 felines into cat boxes and carry them to safety, without even a damp whisker.
Centre manager Mark Brown was celebrating his birthday with friends at the Lambton Worm, in Sunderland, when he was called by a worried supervisor.
He said: “Pet carers were doing their normal jobs feeding, walking and caring for all animals when the thunderstorm happened.
“Within minutes water was coming through the cattery and into the main arena where there was dog training starting.
“All staff rushed and helped to move all cats and customers into a safe area.
“Staff worked throughout the night to clear the water and disinfect the whole centre.
“They also came in the next day to do this, so not much sleep.”
Mark and his friends rushed to the pet centre in Follingsby Lane and spent the night mopping up flood waters.
Some staff worked 13-hour shifts and more in a bid to get the centre up and running.
No pets were hurt and only a small amount of damage was caused.
Mark added: “We had to move cats into different parts of the centre without any harm towards them.
“We had to shut the centre to clear the water and clean it all, which finally ended at 3am in the morning.
“Staff then arrived at 6am again to continue doing this.
“After all the hard work the only things that were damaged was a few cat posts, wet bedding etc.
“We managed to clean the whole site and have it ready for the doggy day camp to start at 8am the next day, as customers still needed to get to work.”