The Dancing Cat is a passion project developed by a small group of cat lovers and creatives who work to improve the quality of life for the cats in Silicon Valley. We are dedicated to connecting these precious members of our community with their forever homes in a responsible way. Recognizing that there are many cat lovers among us, we hope The Dancing Cat provides opportunities for new partnerships contributing to the vibrancy and creativity of our community.


Silicon Valley Pet Project (SVPP) is a nonprofit organization committed to saving local at-risk shelter pets through rescue, community involvement and education. SVPP rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes both cats and dogs of all breeds, as well as senior and special-needs pets, that are at risk of euthanasia from the San Jose Animal Care Center. The Dancing Cat is an initiative of Silicon Valley Pet Project.


San Jose Animal Care Center is the public agency responsible for animal welfare in San Jose. SJACC is committed to helping each person and pet that comes into its rescue center. They are both our partner and our permitting agency with oversight for the health of cats in our adoption center.

WeCARE (Community Alliance to Reduce Euthanasia). The founding agencies of WeCARE are Palo Alto Animal ServicesSan Jose Animal Care CenterSilicon Valley Animal Control AuthorityTown Cats RescueHumane Society Silicon Valley and Santa Clara County Animal Care and Control. Together these municipal and non-profit organizations work to place adoptable cats into loving homes, and we support them in their mission.

Tuft + Paw Modern Cat Furniture

The Dancing Cat is partnering with Tuft and Paw which sells modern cat furniture that is beautifully designed and incredibly durable.  We also feature Tuft and Paw cat toys for sale in our retail area.  

Tuft and Paw is offering a 10% discount on all purchases through The Dancing Cat's website, and will donate 5% of the total purchase to Silicon Valley Pet Project.

Concept, partnerships & production

Ann Chasson and Mary Rubin, co-founders

Art & Design

Heidi Diebel, staging designer

Roan Victor and Sean Boyle, artists (Featured artworks)

Gwen and Joey Reyes, artists (Sanctuary mural)

Cat Behavior Consulting

Marilyn Krieger, The Cat Coach

Daniel (DQ) Quagliozzi, Go, Cat, Go!

Baked Goods

Biscotti from Roxanne's Biscotti

special thanks to

Our advisors who generously contributed perspective: 

Ann Dunn, Cat Town Cafe, Oakland

Kate Benjamin, Catification Consulting

Jennifer, Wendy, Jeff and Andrea, Elysse, Malcolm.

Our many wonderful volunteers who generously contribute their time and creativity for both cats and community. 

...and the cats that inspire us all every day, including:

Scout, Coco, Prowler, Karma, Metta, Grace, Amelie, Frankenstein, Richard Pryor, Mean Gene, Mariah,  Sunset, Causeway, The Cookie, Arya, Maya, Lilith, Fiona, Blackthorne, lola, Olivia, Sudan, Jinniyha, Sydney, Milo, Siri, Newbie.