Among the guests were Actor Stephen Tompkinson and X-Factor singer Sam Lavery, who were on hand to cut the ribbon and officially open the centre. They were also given a tour of the centre, where they were introduced to two cats named after them – Sam and Mr Tompkinson.
Visitors shared the celebrations with staff and volunteers at the centre, where they were able to get a glimpse of new facilities including new outdoor heated cat pens and a shop.
Stephen said: "The centre is fantastic and it’s been great to take a peek behind the scenes. The staff and volunteers here do so much to ensure the cats that come in have the very best of care and a chance for a new home."
Emzi Frater, Tyneside Adoption Centre Manager said: "We are overwhelmed with the support we saw over the weekend. Sam and Stephen really helped to make it a truly memorable day. It was great to be able to showcase our fantastic new facilities to the public."
The centre is open from 11am-3pm, Monday to Sunday (closed Tuesday.) To adopt a cat, please call the centre on 0191 653 1052 or email firstname.lastname@example.org