The first Wellington cat cafe is preparing for its grand opening. Join us for an exciting inside peek and watch the dream unfold.
Now, the fun begins. The pet safe paint is dry, the shiny coffee making equipment installed. The delicious coffee and cakes are arriving, and the cats are settling in for opening on the 18th of November 2017.
Where is it?
You can’t miss Neko-Ngeru Cat Adoption Cafe at 291 Jackson Street, Petone. It has a friendly awning of red and white stripes, and their distinctive graphic over the big window. The main focus of the cafe will be delicious food, friendly company and the adoption of local cats into the communities of Wellington and the Hutt Valley. All the cats come from local rescues.
Meet the owners of the Wellington Cat Cafe
Owners Richelle and Ken Okada, both international teachers, have travelled the world. They fell in love with New Zealand on their trips here. It is, they decided, the best place to put down roots.
As the couple both love cats, and enjoyed the cat cafes they visited worldwide, the idea of a cafe with a strong adoption focus was born.
Treats you will find at Neko-Ngeru Cat Adoption Cafe include:
Customers can come and pay for on hour’s access to the cat playroom. Or, they can relax and enjoy the wonderful refreshments on offer.
Why a Cat Cafe for Wellington?
Some people live in rented accommodation and landlords are reluctant to allow cats. Others are apartment dwellers who don’t feel they have enough room for a cat to play. For these people a cat cafe is the perfect place to get their ‘kitty fix’.
It’s also a haven for visitors missing their fur families at home, and for those who love cats but have allergies. Many ‘allergic’ people can often tolerate a short snuggle period with cats.
For adoptions, the cafe offers the opportunity to meet cats that have been well socialised at the cafe. The cats available for adoption are confident, and happy. Cats are microchipped, vaccinated and neutered, and ready to meet potential adopters. To find out more about a particular cat, staff members will be ready to make introductions for you.