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De Poezenboot

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Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
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Address: Singel 38 G, 1015 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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+31 20 625 8794

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Unique Cat Shelter

As a cat lover and canal lover, this was a must-do on my list. The visiting hours are extremely limited, so definitely plan ahead if you plan on going. The cats were cute and it's... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As a cat lover and canal lover, this was a must-do on my list. The visiting hours are extremely limited, so definitely plan ahead if you plan on going. The cats were cute and it's free so go if you can!

Thank Alli B
Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm not the biggest fan of felines but the ridiculous look of excitement on my partner's face made it all worthwhile. It's a dozen or so cats in a medical lobby room on a boat. Simple. Be aware, the opening hours are very brief. I believe it was between 12 and 3pm while we were there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

this is a fun little stop for 10-15 minutes! about 15 cats in a little room on a barge. most of the cats are really friendly and want to be loved!

Thank Linda C
Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

I made a point to visit this establishment on my recent (first) trip to Amsterdam. The volunteer and part-timer were both very friendly and helpful. The cats are just lovely. Some of them are more feral and stay to themselves out on the porch by the water. Some of the cats are just not "people" cats. :) When you visit,... More 

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Merseyside, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Lovely little experience during our Amsterdam trip. Open 1-3 (not Wed). You can go aboard and see/interact with a group of cats that live on the boat permanently -and see a range of cats/kittens looking for rehoming. Its a charity -so although its free donations are welcome. On the Singel canal.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

A canal boat for cats-what more could a cat want? These rescue cats are well cared for by a devoted team of volunteers, so please leave a few euros donation. Some cats are very friendly while others run away, you know who wants a pat! The volunteers are very friendly and informative. This place has been running for 50 years-yet... More 

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Potomac, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

We loved seeing all the cats! They moved around freely and were very friendly. They are well taken care of and loved! It was a heart-warming experience, and we are so glad the houseboat is there to provide sanctuary to such lovely cats. Do visit!!

Thank lilycam2012
London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

The Poezenboot (catboat) is located on the Singel a short walk from Amsterdam Centraal. The concept is quite simple a cat refuge with a twist i.e. it is a moored houseboat. It is easy to find and accessed via a short set of stairs to the boat (care if wet). There is an enclosed reception for security to keep the... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Small boat full of rescued cats. They all had different personalities, some shy, but mostly friendly. They had a kitten too when we were there, it was so playful! Many other cats were too when prompted, which is easy as they have many toys laying around. They accept donations and sell some merchandise.

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Wellington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

This is a must for cat lovers. The chance to stroke some friendly cats and help a charity. The opening times are limited so you will need to plan your visit, but it is worth it. Most cats are friendly and it is nice to see them in a cared for environment. There are a few grumpy individuals (feline) but... More 

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