In scenes conjuring up a Walt Disney cartoon, seven Portuguese cats have made it through blizzards in the Pyrenees and traffic mayhem in five European countries to new homes in remote Scotland.
The modern-day incredible journey began in Tavira, and was charted by two British animal lovers who say the five-day trip left them exhausted but happy.
Their feline charges would “never have found homes in Portugal”, Helen Smith and Lynne Dickson told Scottish newspaper The Press and Journal.
“It was really stressful at times, but the cats are now in their new homes. That’s what it was all about.”
The five-day road trip all began with Helen mentioning at the Tavira shelter where she volunteered that she was back off to UK for an MOT.
“The people at the shelter said ‘wouldn’t it be great if you could take some cats with you!’
“When it got to seven cats, I had to say ‘no’ to any more,” she added.
The seven lucky travellers are now settling in to homes. Two have even sailed to the remote islands of the Orkneys.
Said Lynne Dickson, the whole experience was “fantastic”.
“We did have a couple of hairy moments on the roads, but the cats were brilliant.
“On our first stop in San Sebastian in Spain we had an apartment booked. There was only one bedroom and of course the cats got that.
“Me and Helen slept on a pull-out bed. The cats really travelled first class.”
By NATASHA DONN [email protected]