Guest Post by Cat Scout Felix

Happy Friday everyone and Happy May 1st. I am sad to see the a-z challenge end- I wish there were more letters in the alphabet. We are lucky to have a guest post today from Cat Scout Felix.

33-Felix-Hat Greetings! Felix here again to share a wonderful story that combines kitty and maritime history!  Did you know that in Amsterdam, rescued stray cats are sheltered and cared for in several barges floating in the Singel Canal, in the center of the City?

The barges are a major tourist attraction, and are open part of each day to potential adopters and tourists who support the cause. The first barge was acquired in 1969 and named De Poezenboot (Pussycat Boat) by its owner and cat lover, Henriette van Weelde. She wanted to provide a home for orphaned and sick kitties in the city. At first, her rescues stayed in her home, but soon she had too many!

de-poezenbootIn 1971, Henriette purchased a second barge. Soon she acquired another barge and lots of volunteers started to offer their help.

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In 1987, the Stichting de Poezenboot (Pussycat Boat Foundation) was established to support the rescue, medical and caregiving activities of this only floating kitty shelter in The Netherlands. The barges are renovated and maintained for seaworthiness and cat comfort and amusement.  Veterinarians provide care at cost or on a voluntary basis.  Events are held throughout the year to publicize the Foundation and its inhabitants!

If you travel to Amsterdam, be sure to visit and make a donation to this worthy cause. It is estimated that the city has over 50,000 stray cats!  Check out their cool website, too!

www.depoezenboot.nl                                                                                             logo-de-poezenboot-gr

 

 

 

 

I’d also like to share with you a story that appeared earlier this week in the Smithsonian Institution’s on-line Magazine. It features more information about maritime pets!

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/adorable-heroic-animals-museum-maritime-pets-180955012/?no-ist 

Thank you for another great story Felix.

Please read our interview it will be available Friday morning at:

http://jansfunnyfarm.blogspot.com/

Thank you Funny Farmers- it was an honor to be interviewed by you.

 

45 thoughts on “Guest Post by Cat Scout Felix

  1. We’ve read about those barges Felix……what a wonderful thing for those otherwise homeless kitties!! Also, congrats on the Smithsonian article AND congrats to 15andmeowing for the Funny Farm interview!!!! SO MANY GOOD THINGS ALL AT ONCE!

    Hugs, Sammy

  2. guys…we loved yur interviews over at mousebreath !!!! it bee nice ta get ta see everee one, get ta noe yur names & lurn a wee bit mor bout ewe….course we had ta diz agree with de hole burd thing ya noe… ~~~

    🙂

    N a total lee awesum guest post two day az well….we enjoyed heerin bout poezenboot …manee thanx two ewe cat scout felix !!

    heerz two a manefish madtom kinda week oh end ♥♥♥

  3. Felix that is a great story. WE had no idea about. Thank you for sharing. WE must tell you we really enjoyed the interview all of you did with MouseBreath.

  4. OMCs what a fun story…I think I’d like living on a barge and traveling on smooth water not in a car!
    Thank you for the wonderful photo of Sammy and he is wearing my fav color RED,
    Hugs
    Madi your bfff

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