Welcome aboard our post visiting the Poezenboot Cats of Amsterdam. The floating rescue known as ‘De Poezenboot‘ or ‘the cat boat’ is a unique cat rescue could only be in one of our favourite cities, Amsterdam, known as the Venice of the North.

Can you imagine our excitement, walking along beside the beautiful old merchant houses that line Amsterdam’s historic central canals, this picture shows the Singel, home of the Poezenboot Cats of Amsterdam.

The Poezenboot Cats of AmsterdamThe old merchants houses give the city its gracious atmosphere and unique character; some of the buildings are now flats (apartments) others play host to businesses, or museums of treasures. Along many of the canals are working and residential canal boats – one of these is our destination!

The Poezenboot Cats of Amsterdam
The world-famous Poezenboot

OK, a nugget of history, to put you in the picture before we step on board and visit this really special rescue. In 1966 a lady, Ms Weelde, began taking in strays in Amsterdam, one cat led to another and her rescue expanded to the Poezenboot (full story here). Today the rescue is housed in a smart, clean and spacious barge that is a huge draw for visiting cat lovers from all over the world. This was our second attempt at a visit as opening hours are restricted – this time, our luck was in!

Amsterdam
Amsterdam with some of its many bicycles.

Let’s step inside, head past the reception desk and………as the door opens….. we walk into the rescue ……..

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Inside the Poezenboot

Check out the comfortable beds lining the walls, the cat towers, the plentiful litter trays! We can report that the whole rescue is scrupulously clean and tidy and impressively roomy. We thought a boat would be cramped and squished, and small, but no way, this is fantastic guys – what a thrill it as to see the place for real!!Β  The cats are relaxed and happy in their area and comfortable with visitors while they wait for potential adopters to drop by. We could not resist a couple of souvenirs of the Poezenboot Cats of Amsterdam, including a splendid tshirt – see the logo below!

The Poezenboot Cats of Amsterdam
Potential adopter? Hey Mum, remember us!!

The Poezenboot Cats of Amsterdam

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30 Comments

  1. Panky

    April 29, 2014 at 11:29 am

    How kewl is dat! DaMa wondered same thing as you- if everything would be cramped in. Fanks you fur posting piktures!
    Panfur Purrs
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  2. DCKitty

    April 29, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Such a great rescue place for kitties at such a beautiful location! May all kitties find their forever homes.

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  3. d'Artagnan Rumblepurr

    April 29, 2014 at 5:05 am

    Oooo how good that your mummy didn’t come home with all those kitties! I can imagine a plane full of cats jetting back to NZ!
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  4. mogsbear

    April 29, 2014 at 4:24 am

    Ooh mebbe Auntie Kafleen wil vizit too! Lubly bloggy – so cool to hav the rescue centre on a boat, heehee! :O)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  5. Amy Palmer (@BoSoxAmy)

    April 28, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    What an awesome rescue! Thanks for visiting them and sharing with us! Also, I joined your email list!

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  6. Sass and Lou

    April 28, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    what a gorgeous rescue center for kitties. There need to be more that look like *that*. πŸ™‚

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  7. Playful Kitty

    April 28, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    What an awesome rescue! I have never seen a rescue on a boat before. I love the idea.
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  8. Connie

    April 28, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    absolutely beautiful! thank you for sharing it with us
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  9. TourGuideTed

    April 28, 2014 at 11:38 am

    What a great place! It does sound like it should be cramped, but good to hear it’s not!

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  10. ShaynaCat

    April 28, 2014 at 11:19 am

    What a wonderful place, and such a lovely prize! Thanks, Marjorie & all at DashKitten.com, for all the wonderful work you do πŸ™‚ *hugs*

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  11. Truman

    April 28, 2014 at 10:24 am

    What a wonderful story Marjorie! I love the pictures of Amsterdam and of you with the kitties *hugs* I subscribed to your newsletter.

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  12. 3phibotticell

    April 28, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Da most terrific story wow for the cats. We have subscribed and dance hug for your super trip and blog post! Oo hoo!

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  13. Toddyfur

    April 28, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Good evening Marjorie, I have subscribed, donated to the #Nipclub monthly and I’m posting here thank you. Lovely article.

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  14. OurChloePup

    April 28, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Oh what a lovely story. How simply sooooper for these kitties to live here while they wait for their fur ever fambly xx

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  15. meowmeowmans

    April 22, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Wow, that’s AMAZING! We would totally love to visit the Poezenboot Rescue! Thank you for sharing. πŸ™‚
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  16. lynda morrison

    April 22, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Thats brilliant

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  17. skye613 (De)

    April 22, 2014 at 2:31 am

    Very neat place! I follow & subscribe Woo Hoo

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  18. BrownSquirrel

    April 22, 2014 at 1:04 am

    ok I dont have url so this doesnt seem to have worked but am newsletter subscriber & follow @whskr on twitter This place looks great – should be more of it

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  19. BrownSquirrel

    April 22, 2014 at 1:03 am

    am newsletter subscriber and follow @whskr on twitter This looks wonderful – should be more of it

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  20. Nerissa's Life

    April 21, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    What a neat place? Hmmm…. place? BARGE! Yeah…. I think it’s still a place. Anyway, it’s SUPER neat. Bet your peeps LOVED visitin’ it.

    Purrs,
    Nissy
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  21. Whipple and Pepper

    April 20, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Oh yes yes yes, thank you for mentioning us in a blog post! We are glad to meet you all and visit your blog! We will be back. πŸ™‚
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  22. Whipple and Pepper

    April 20, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Hello! The rescue is very neat, and we love all the cat trees and big beds the cats have to enjoy.

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  23. The Island Cats

    April 20, 2014 at 10:37 am

    How cool that you got to visit that rescue! It looks like a great place.
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  24. Cathy Keisha

    April 20, 2014 at 7:25 am

    What a cool place! And that shirt is so cute.
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  25. Sparkle

    April 20, 2014 at 6:35 am

    What an awesome rescue! My human wants to go there!
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  26. The Swiss Cats

    April 20, 2014 at 2:14 am

    This is an awesome rescue ! Thank you for sharing your visit with us ! Purrs
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  27. Sometimes, Cats Herd You

    April 20, 2014 at 1:17 am

    Oh, this is pawesome! We heard about this place but didn’t know the name of it. We’re excited to learn more about it. What a wonderful way to rescue kitties!
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  28. Brian

    April 20, 2014 at 12:41 am

    That is one amazing rescue. Thanks so much for sharing them with all of us.
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  29. Fur Everywhere

    April 20, 2014 at 12:23 am

    That place looks so awesome! So glad the kitties have a nice place to be while they wait for their forever homes.
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    • Susan K. Stacy, PhD

      April 28, 2014 at 9:12 am

      Awesome idea! No surprise because you are always full of great ideas!

      Reply

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