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Jack's Cat Cafe, Hoi An

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So who is Jack?

One late night, I was about to climb onto our motorbike in a parking area when I heard this screechy ‘meow, meow’. I turned around and this scruffy little kitten came running up to us. I knelt down and this little thing climbed on to my lap and started purring. I looked around and no one was caring for him, he was a skinny, dirty thing and I knew I couldn't leave him there.

So quite happily he sat on my lap as we drove home, no fear or wonder as he went on his first motorbike ride.

I woke the next morning to the same screeching and instantly thought ‘oh no there's a cat in the kitchen! I can't take on a cat, I already have two dogs!’. But there he was and as lovable as he had been the night before, we knew he would fit in quite happily. We fed him and he grew into quite a beauty, every night snuggling his nose into my ear, his favorite sleeping position, where his snores would help me sleep.

It was around Tet near year time and I came home to the sight of a very big, tabby boy sitting on our wall. I went into my home to a very strange acting Jack. It was that instant I thought, wow Jack isn't a he but a she! And in heat! It was very early for her to be in heat as I did some checking but thought maybe she was older than I first thought. My basic knowledge of cats back then didn't think to check. I locked her in the house and rang the local vet but he was in his home town for the new year and wouldn't be back for a while. No worries I thought, I'll lock her in the house until we can get her spayed when the vet returns.

The next night she escaped from a ridiculously high tiny hole in a grated window. We didn't see her for two days. When she finally came home, we were extremely relieved locked her in a safe room until she could get checked out. But too late. Our little Jack was pregnant.

9 weeks later she gave birth to 5 babies in my suitcase. We sat with her and helped her through as after the third she was so tired. But she had five very healthy babies. She was the best mama, only leaving to go out to the toilet or give us cuddles. The five babies grew. Then after two weeks Jack didn't come home.

After a few hours we got worried and searched and searched. We even look her babies to the front yard hoping she would hear their hungry cries. But nothing. Someone nearby mentioned cat catchers but I naively thought nothing of it. A week we searched day and night for her. There was no trace. With five hungry two week babies we had no support and had to learn how to raise them ourselves. We made the safest milk concoction of baby's milk, cow milk, egg yolk and a little oil in the smallest baby bottles we could find. Every few hours we would take turns and feed them. Miraculously they all survived and turned into five playful young kittens.

Because we missed jack so much and had devoted so much to the kittens we couldn't bare to give them away. We became so attached and decided we would keep them all. Everyone thought we were mad then!

After a month or so, a little ginger kitten, filthy and skinny started hanging out by our house. We brought him in and the other kittens just accepted him as one of the family. By this time we had lost one kitten, Teppi, to a motorbike accident as we lived on a main road. Totally

devastated, we kept them inside and only let them in the garden area until we could find a better house off a main road.

Not long into our new house, in the middle of the night we heard crying from the front garage. A little tabby kitten with a curled up tail and abscess under its leg was hiding under a motorbike. Rocky became another member of the crew, and the stories continue. Next was Indie we found disabled and scared to death trapped in a bar toilet. And the rescues continued, people started calling me and we seemed to be naturally drawn to finding helpless kittens in need.

So this all started with Jack. We learned everything from her, from rescuing a kitten, to understanding sterilization, to rearing babies and the hardest part acknowledging cat theft for the cat meat trade. We know this is what happened to her and it breaks our heart. So we want to educate others. We want to teach people cats aren't dirty but a loving part of the family. We want to educate everyday care and awareness.

For her we named the first cat café in Central Vietnam, Jack’s Cat Café.
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  • Jack's Cafe is a great place to relax in Hoi An. They are doing an amazing work with rescued cats, and they need support to do it. So, they runs this cafe. You can go there and have a couple of beers....  more
    Jack's Cafe is a great place to relax in Hoi An. They are doing an amazing work with rescued cats, and they need support to do it. So, they runs this cafe. You can go there and have a couple of beers....  more »
  • This place is amazing and I am so happy there is an organisation in hoi an looking out for kitties! They are all looked after so well and it’s a beautiful safe sanctuary for the cats to live... 
    This place is amazing and I am so happy there is an organisation in hoi an looking out for kitties! They are all looked after so well and it’s a beautiful safe sanctuary for the cats to live...  more »
  • I was torn on this review! The place is definitely worth visiting but we had just a few issues... On one hand, the place has a great mission, it's garden setting is very relaxing, the food is fresh and there are cats! On the other, it was hard to find (not a big problem), the reservation system wouldn't let us book online (we booked through their FB page) and the cats weren't that interested in the people there at the time (but they're cats so what did we expect, lol). The thing that pushed Jack's from 3 stars to 4 is definitely the mission behind the place and the big hearted volunteers that keep this place going. Also, if you have kids, this is a great place for them to wander around a bit and pet some sweet rescues. There is a 100k dong entry fee (children are free) that gets you a free drink from the cafe, which goes towards maintaining the cat sanctuary so we gladly paid it! Once you're in, you are free to roam around the garden and in the house to spend time with the cats. Inside there are also cages with new rescues, kittens, or ones that might be sick so they ask that you not get too close to them but you can read a little about where they were rescued from on the outside of their cage. When we were there they had kittens that were rescued from a heartbreaking. The food is all vegan and although we are not, we don't mind healthy menus such as this. We had the guacamole, very fresh and full of flavor, a tofu sandwich with red peppers, so good, a burger that had a patty made of lentils, also very good, and finally a tofu wrap, that we were happily surprised with. AND...the price of the food is very reasonable, not a common thing when you visit places like this. I commend this place for not only spreading awareness to the cat meat trade in Asia but also providing a sanctuary for those that they are able to rescue.
  • With more Tha 80 cats and 4 dogs, this cat Cafe is one of the most beautiful places for animal lovers to relax in Vietnam! You have to pay an entrance fee but this includes one free drink and works as a donation for the shelter. They take really good care for their cats and for the visitors :)

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