As well as helping animals, the RSPCA’s flood teams have also been assisting other emergency services and have so far rescued 36 people.
Among those was a semi-conscious elderly man who had to be stretchered out of a nursing home and transported on an RSPCA boat before he was taken to hospital.
The RSPCA said they have received calls about 77 flooding incidents since Friday with 20 flood trained officers travelling from across England and Wales to join their colleagues to assist the ongoing rescue operation.
So far RSPCA flood rescue teams have rescued eight dogs, seven cats, four rabbits and three chickens.
Inspector Ben Strangwood, who has coordinated the RSPCA’s flood response, said:
Four flood rescue teams of specially trained RSPCA officers have been out rescuing animals and people during Storm Desmond.
Cats, dogs, rabbits and even chickens have all been rescued, mainly from residential properties across the north of England, where their owners were forced to evacuate the rising flood waters.
Stangwood said the RSPCA was likely to have flood rescue teams working in the north of England throughout the rest of the week.
Owners of animals in areas at risk of flooding are advised to move them to higher ground or other areas of safety.
Members of the public are urged never to put their own or another person’s life in danger to attempt an animal rescue.
Anyone who wishes to report an animal emergency can call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.
The RSPCA’s full flood advice is available here.