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