Groovy Cat Boat in Amsterdam

Japan's cat cafés are SO 2017. Book your next vacation to Amsterdam, where you'll find what professes to be the world's only floating rescue boat.

It's been around since the 1960s, when Henriette van Weelde began rescuing feral cats and housing them on a catified sailing barge which was replaced by houseboat in 1979. The current floating home houses about 50 stray and abandoned cats, 17 of whom are permanent residents. 

The periphery of the boat has been meticulously reinforced with wooden slats and wire so that the cats don't wander off or go for a swim. 

Van Weelde passed away in 2005 at age 90, but her legacy lives on. (What a legacy!!!)

The operation acquired nonprofit status in 1987, and donations keep the boat afloat. 20-25 volunteers tend to the feline residents.

You can donate or purchase swag from their online shop if you want to contribute to the ongoing operation of the floating rescue. Visiting hours are between 1 and 3 pm, every day except Wednesdays and Sundays. 

There's more info (albeit in Dutch) on their website. If international travel isn't in your future, you can follow their live stream.


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  1. messymimi says:

    Wow!  Bigger Girl was in Amsterdam recently, i will ask if she knew about this.

  2. Yes, the Poezenboot!  Am pretty sure I'm following their FB feed!


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