Q: We fell in love with a cat at The Dancing Cat, can we take her/him home today?

A. When you fall in love there is an online adoption application to fill out that will be reviewed by The Dancing Cat's adoption counselors. This may take anywhere from 24 to 48 hours. This allows you time to prepare your home for your new arrival. Once adoptions are approved, home delivery will be scheduled.

Q. What are the adoption procedures?

A. An on-site adoption counselor will answer any questions you might have about the cat that has caught your eye; we will make all efforts to assure the match is best for you and for the cat. Adoption forms are available for you to fill out online. The Dancing Cat reserves the right to review, approve or deny an adoption.

Q. What are the adoption fees?

A. Adoption fees range from $80 to $155, depending on the age of the cat. 

Q. Will you deliver our new pet to us?

A. Yes! We have a transport team that will bring your new family member to your home and provide advice to support a smooth arrival experience. This is especially good for families who are new to cats.

Q. Can I place a hold on a cat?

A. Adoptions of The Dancing Cat's felines are based on best fit rather than first come/first served. We can't place a hold on any of our cats.


the cats

Q. Where do your cats come from?

A. Our feline guests primarily come from the San Jose Animal Care Center. These are all friendly cats who are looking for wonderful forever homes. All cats have been spayed/neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated.

Q. Why do you only have adult cats?  We want kittens! 

A. Adult cats already know who they are. While kittens are cute, an adorable little kitten will be an adult in the blink of an eye. You never know how big they’ll get or what their personality will ultimately be. Adult cats are great for first time owners, families with young children, seniors - oh wait – everyone! But if you have your heart set on a kitten, we occasionally have kittens in our foster homes. Check out our Cats page to see all cats and kittens in foster.

Q. Can we drop off a stray cat at The Dancing Cat?

A. We are not able to take in owner-surrendered or stray cats. If you live in San Jose, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Cupertino or Milpitas, contact San Jose Animal Care and Services for more information on how to re-home your cat or care for stray cats in your neighborhood. We also have information on re-homing pets on our Resources page.

Q. Are the cats stressed out?

A. We have a kitty sanctuary in the back room where cats can go if they want quiet time. We closely monitor the behavior of all of the cats; if a cat seems stressed she will be evaluated with tender loving care. If it seems best for the cat, she will be relocated to a temporary foster home. We are always looking for fosters! If interested, please fill out our foster application.  

Q. Can we bring our own cat to visit?

A. Sorry, but no! The Dancing Cat is for kitties looking for their forever homes ... your kitty is set! 

The lounge

Q. Can we bring people food into The Dancing Cat?

A. Yes! We welcome and encourage you to bring in your favorite coffee or people snacks. 

Q. Can we bring our kids?

A. Yes, children 5 and older are welcome as we feel this is a good opportunity for them to learn how to approach and be respectful to cats. We'll give them a quick lesson in kitty etiquette if you'd like. Due to our limited space and for the comfort of all our guests, we request that children be 5 years or older and must be chaperoned by an adult.

Q. Can we feed the cats?

A. You can feed the cats a small amount of cat treats that we will provide. Just ask!

Q. Do you have free wi-fi?

A. This is Silicon Valley — of course!

Q. Do I need a reservation?

A. While reservations are encouraged, we may be able to accommodate walk-in guests on a first-come first-served basis during the week. Weekends fill up quickly so best to reserve your spot. Maximum capacity is 10 humans and no more than 12 cats.

Q. Is there parking?

A. The Dancing Cat is located in a residential neighborhood.  There is ample street parking at no charge. 

Q. Does it smell?

Our volunteers strive to keep litter boxes tidy and fresh for the cats.

Q. Is The Dancing Cat clean?

A. Yes, The Dancing Cat's intention is to have a clean space for both people and cats. Litter boxes are washed every day and food & water bowls kept clean. All furniture has removable slipcovers so that fabrics can be cleaned as needed. If you have allergies to cats ... well that can be tricky. You know yourself so we will have to leave your decision to visit up to your own discretion.