Floating Cat Sanctuary Attracts Tourists

1 Comment

Photo of author

By Samme

Cats don’t like water but have been living on boats for centuries. Here a cat catches some fresh air on Amsterdam’s famous cat boat, aptly named De Poezenboot.

Even homeless cats in Amsterdam are at home on the water. The city known for its picturesque canals also has the country’s only floating sanctuary for cats. It’s called De Poezenboot, and welcomes visitors. It has become a popular tourist destination and charges no admission, although donations are welcome.

The entrance to the floating cat sanctuary, which is a popular tourist destination.

The woman responsible for this unique refuge is Henriette van Weelde. In 1966, she rescued a family of cats sheltering under a tree near her house on Amsterdam’s Herrengracht Canal, according to KittyArmy.com. Henriette took in another stray, then another. She became known as the “cat lady” who rescued strays and accepted cats abandoned by their owners.

Weelde told KittyArmy that the cats filled her home, then her garden and even her roof terrace. Still, they kept coming. That’s when she came up with the idea to buy a houseboat. If people could live on the houseboats that line the canals, why not cats?

Three boat cats spending quality time together on board De Poezenboot in Amsterdam.

Today, tourists like Emma Tabitha enjoy visiting the boat where the cats have a play room and are also let outside under the supervision of the staff, according to KittyArmy. “What this lady does is great!” Tabitha said. “There is a lot of passion involved and its such a nice cause!”

A sunny day on the canals. This floating cat sanctuary was created by one woman who came up with the novel idea to buy a house boat to shelter stray cats.

“The place is well maintained and most cats look quite contented there,” another tourist said. “Most cats are free to go around and even outside the boat safely! Don’t expect to hug the cats though, as some don’t like human touch. But all of them look very healthy and adorable!”

In 1987, the Cat Boat Foundation was registered as a charity and depends solely on donations. De Poezenboot has helped hundreds of cats find good homes. De Poezenboot is located at Singel 38.G, 1015 AB Amsterdam.

About Author

1 thought on “Floating Cat Sanctuary Attracts Tourists”

  1. I lived in Amsterdam for 10 years an I have visited this place. it is very nice for the cats. it is called The Catboat! it is on a very nice expensive canal. and one of the main canals! Singel 38.G, 1015 AB Amsterdam. We say in amsterdam about the singels. PKOS it means piet koopt hoge schoonen! these are the names of the singels! prinsengract, keisergract, herengract, singel.!

Leave a Comment