Today’s post is a Throwback Thursday look to 2014 when I visited Europe and was lucky enough to visit a unique and special place in Amsterdam.
A Cat Rescue on a Boat?
I know the trend for cat cafes continues, and I can’t wait for our own local cat cafe to open again, but, for newer readers – how many of you know of a cat rescue on a boat?
Join me as I travel back in time for my report about the floating rescue is known as ‘De Poezenboot‘ or ‘the cat boat’ in Amsterdam. This beautiful city is also known as the ‘Venice of the North’ due to its network of busy canals.
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!
The world-famous cat rescue
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!
Potential adopter? Hey Mum, remember us!!
I hope you enjoyed today’s trip back in time.
A note for photo buddies. These photographs were taken long before I ventured into the world of the DSLR camera. They are clear, sharp and packed with happy memories. Whatever your camera, it will save your own memories for the future.
Marjorie is a motorbike riding blogger and award winning cat photographer who believes that everyone can shoot and edit wonderful pictures they love regardless of the camera they use.
She is a Professional member of the Cat Writers Association, Kuykendall Image Award winner and published photographer at the Guardian newspaper.