About Us

Welcome to Wellington’s first Cat Cafe – Neko Ngeru!   “Neko” means cat in Japanese and “Ngeru” also means cat in Maori so our name is translated as “Cat Cat” Cat Cafe!

Ken and Richelle met in the same school in Osaka, Japan, which is Ken’s home town. (Richelle is from San Diego, CA)  At the time Ken had two rescued cats (Mi Two and Madara) and Richelle decided to adopt another one (Mao, he was one day away from being euthanized) after they got married. They took their three cats to every country they lived, Kuwait, the US, Mexico and China. They not only bought their own cats but also rescued, fostered and found homes for many others in the countries they lived. In Shanghai. Ken joined the animal rescue group, Bow Meow Shanghai, and attended many adoption events, organised two of his own adoption events at the school where he worked, and found homes for many rescued cats and dogs.

Faced with the need to stop teaching PE due to physical limitations, Ken hit upon the idea of opening a cat cafe in New Zealand. While in Shanghai working with rescue groups, it became clear that the main difficulty in getting animals adopted was giving people chances to get to know them. A cat adoption cafe seemed a perfect way for people to meet a cat in a homey setting to see if it is the one to bring home.

After a successful crowdfunding campaign and miraculously opening on time, Ken and Richelle are finding out what it means to have a dream come true. Now, most of the adoptable cats have prospective families lined up waiting for their cat to become available as new cats come in to replace them. You can help by visiting the cafe and telling your friends about Neko Ngeru.

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Neko Ngeru Cat Adoption Cafe

Tyrion, Boots and Jet are at the vet for de-sexing and vaccination! Petone Vet Clinic is very nice to us and still gives us discount for this procedure!! We really appreciate that. Let’s hope the kittens’ surgeries go well and they recover well! #adoptdontshop #kittens #vetcare #petone #nekongeru @ Neko Ngeru Cat Adoption Cafe ... See MoreSee Less

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We so so appreciate your support today! (So does Adora and all the Neko Ngeru cats) There have been so many supportive comments and suggestions, great reviews and sharing of our post, donations in our bank accounts, and we were quite busy at the cafe today. Thank you so much! 😭😍 We were so encouraged. We are still trying to reply to some of your individual messages. Please be patient with us.
We are especially happy to reach so many new people who may now come to the cafe! We do not want to rely on donations because this is a business approach to cat rescue. We believe running a successful business with enough customers is the best way for us to help the cats. We still need your help to make this a successful business though. 😅 One of the customers suggested the idea of being a social enterprise. That seems right for our idea of running the business but we are still not sure how it works. So, if you are an expert about social enterprise and willing to help us, please let us know! Also if you have marketing and/or promotion knowledge, we'd love to get your help so we can help more cats and the people who love them.
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Wow, thank you so much for your response and offers to help! We are overwhelmed! Give us some time to reply to your comments especially volunteer offers.

We have a event called the "Big Read" organized by Hutt City Libraries from 10:30-11am today so no regular visits during this time. We are also having a big group at 1-2pm so give us a call at 04 589 2287 before you come to the cafe!

The photo is Natasha el Mustache! She left for a trial last Sunday. We heard she's been hiding but that's what she did when she came to the cafe so we are sure she will come out sometime soon!
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Our Company

Neko Ngeru is a Cait Sith Company.

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