Three women who were asleep when a fire started in their flat in Essex say they were warned of the danger by their cats.
The women had become trapped by the fire in their flat in Pennymead, Harlow, and had to be rescued by firefighters.
Harlow Station Officer Steve Pritchard said: "The fire was by the front door of the flat which was the only way out, so the three women inside did exactly the right thing, they stayed in a bedroom with the door closed to keep smoke to a minimum."
Though there was a smoke alarm in the flat, the women told firefighters they didn't recall it sounding, but said they were woken by their cats.
An animal charity in Cambridgeshire is urging anyone thinking of getting a pet to consider a rescue cat or kitten.
The Wood Green charity currently cares for 143 cats and kittens but says they have a staggering 506 waiting to come into its three centres.
During the same time in 2010 the Charity had 274 cats on the waiting list.