As an RSPCA inspector, Matt Brown faces challenges every day.
But this one left him particularly dirty - as these hilarious photos show.
Mr Brown posed for the images, with his face and uniform covered in soot, after rescuing a kitten who had been stuck up a chimney for four days. He successfully helped to free Lola after she got trapped eight feet up the chimney at her home in Crosby, Merseyside, the Liverpool Echo reports.
It took the RSPCA and firefighters a gruelling four hours to rescue the dazed cat.
Mr Brown told the Echo: "We got the call at 8.30am and we finally managed to free her at 12.30pm. By the time we got her out, we were completely covered in soot - but getting her safely freed was worth a dirty uniform!
Mr Brown holds Lola the kitten, with his face, arms and uniform covered in soot
The RSPCA and Merseyside Fire Service worked together to free the cat after she got trapped eight feet up the chimney
"She came out looking bedraggled and dazed."
Lola's owner had initially feared the kitten had gone missing - before hearing her distressed cries from inside the chimney.
In a bid to rescue the animal, rescuers first clambered onto the roof, where they poked rods down to see if they could free her.
They then moved the fireplace and coaxed her down using long poles.
"Lola had been trapped up there for four days," said Mr Brown.
"Her owner initially thought she had gone missing - but it wasn't until she heard her crying that she realised she was inside the chimney."
Brown said Lola's owner initially feared the kitten had gone missing - before hearing her distressed cries
"We had to devise a plan to get her free, so at first we climbed up on the roof and were poking rods down to see if it would help her get down.
"When they didn't work, we took the fireplace off and, using long poles, managed to free her. It took some time but it was definitely a worthy job.
"We were all so pleased to have her free."
Lola, who lives in Fairfield Drive, had not long been adopted by her owner before she made her way up the chimney.
Lola had not long been adopted by her owner before she made her way up the chimney
It is thought she might have been looking for a place to hide after becoming bewildered by her new surroundings.
Lola was taken to the RSPCA's Greater Manchester Animal Hospital, where she will be checked over, microchipped and neutered before going back to her new home.
The rescue, which took place on Friday, was filmed by Channel 5's The Cat Rescuers, and will feature on the show later this year.
To help the RSPCA rescue animals like Lola, text LOVE to 87023 to give £3 (text costs £3 + one standard network rate message) or visit www.rspca.org.uk/give.