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3/10/2019 10:36:44 PM

Jack's Cat cafe, a cozy corner for humans and cats

If you are a fan of cats and happen to be in Hoi An Ancient Town in central Vietnam, Jack’s Cat Café will be a fantastic choice.

A cat café is a theme café whose attraction is cats that can be watched and played with.  The world's first cat café, "Cat Flower Garden” opened its doors in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1998. The Taiwanese cat café eventually became a tourist destination, attracting tourists from Japan as well as all over the globe The concept later blossomed in Japan, where the first one named "Neko no Jikan" (lit. "Cat's Time") was opened in Osaka in 2004. 

Photo: Jack's Cat Cafe

In later years, cat café trend spreads worldwide, and Vietnam is one among the country that follows the trend.

Not only in the big cities like Hanoi, HCM City, you can also find Cat café in smaller town, its name is Jack’s Cat Cafe.

An unusual cat cafe

The cafe is house to around 70 cats, each has been given a name. You’ll find them everywhere in Jack’s Cat Cafe, happily sunbathing and playing in every nook and cranny, writes Daniel, a travel blogger from Canberra, Australia in his site Our earth and us.

Not all cats are healthy, but the owners of the Jack’s Cat Cafe have been putting their heart in giving to them the love and care that they need.

“At the time we visited, there were two adorable kittens that had only recently been entered into the world of Jack’s. Beans, had only 3 legs, but that doesn’t affect her too much as she is still crazy and full of energy,” writes Daniel.

In his visit to Jack’s Cat Café, Daniel had met Tinkerbell, “who was dumped in a box by a river at just two weeks old, but is now loving life and sunbaths 24/7”. He also met “August, who was assumedly run over at a young age, and now has a permanent limp – but she still plays with more passion than most cats.”

“Then there’s Hanzo, a stunning black cat that was rescued from a garbage bin at four weeks old. Poor old Hanzo has an overbite so his cute little tongue is always poking out.”

According to Daniel, the story of Jack Cat’s cafe was kick started 7 years ago, by Emma and Phong, a couple dedicating themselves to rescuing cats.

“It all began with a cat called Jack who stumbled into Emma’s life one night in need of love and care. Emma took Jack in, and just a few months later was gifted with a litter of five kittens (yes, it turned out that Jack was a girl!).

Two weeks after Jack had the kittens, she went missing. Emma and Phong spent weeks trying to find her, but it had become clear that Jack was most likely taken by cat snatchers."

Photo: Jack's Cat Cafe

"Out of love for Jack and the sad reality of what happened to her, Emma and Phong decided to dedicate themselves to the stranded cats of Hoi An. On deciding to take this venture seriously, they moved to a larger house to accommodate the cats, even installing security fences and gates to protect the cats from snatchers. Since 2012, they have opened their arms to over 119 cats to ensure their safety, happiness and well being.”

In order to fund the rescue project, the couple launched Jack’s Cat café. The on-site coffee shop encourages guests to stay a little longer and really fall in love with the friendly cats. “Boasting a largely vegan menu with salads, wraps, Vietnamese banh mi, and decadent desserts, the cafe is a great way to support the cause. Sit outside in the sun you’re your favourite meal, a good book, and a billion cats. It’s a cat lovers dream,” comments Daniel.

Volunteer guardians of cats

"Emma and Phong have since become little heroes in the area of Hoi An. Living by the words that ‘education is the key’, they are attempting to change the way locals view cats and dogs, educating them on other cruelty-free options for food. They are even in talks with a popular restaurant in Hoi An to slowly change the menu to a cruelty free, vegan one", says Daniel.

Photo: Jack's Cat Cafe

As well as working full-time jobs, Emma and Phong take on all of the responsibilities of the cats and the cafe. They therefore welcome volunteers to assist with daily chores, such as simple gardening, cleaning and assisting at the cafe, "dishing out hugs, pats and love to a never ending stream of lovable cats"

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for anyone willing to help out a local cause”, says Daniel.

If you’re interested in learning more about volunteering you should visit their workaway listing here:    https://www.workaway.info/763721823797-en.html

For more information visit their Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/jackscatcafe/

“Jack’s cat cafe is a slice of heaven in an already picturesque area of Vietnam, and it’s beautiful to see how Emma and Phong have devoted their lives to ensure that cats have a fighting chance in Hoi An. After meeting them and talking with them, it’s obvious that everything they do is for the benefit for the cats, and they spread the message of love throughout everything they touch. I can’t recommend it enough. It’s Purfect,” states Daniel./. 

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