Karma Cat Rescue DBA The Dancing Cat


Karma Cat Rescue DBA The Dancing Cat is a 501(c)(3) non-profit cat rescue organization dedicated to finding creative ways to connect homeless cats to wonderful forever homes. We are also committed to providing a community space where cat lovers can meet, mingle, and connect. Through our work, we aim to grow support for cats in our community.


The Dancing Cat is a place where cats roam in a comfortable, safe environment.  A place where people interact with the resident cats and each other. For those looking to adopt, it provides an opportunity to meet the resident cats and see the cats’ personalities in an environment outside a shelter, where they may be scared and not ready to engage with people. Other visitors, who might not be able to adopt due to allergies or living situations, might simply want to enjoy feline company in a relaxed space.

The Dancing Cat also seeks to cultivate community by engaging, educating, inspiring and raising awareness for the lives of cats in the Silicon Valley.

Board of Directors and Staff

Ann Chasson, President

Ann has many years of experience in managing software development projects including stints at Oracle Corporation and small startup companies. In 2002 she co-founded a systems biology consulting firm and continues to work there as President and CEO.

In 2015, Ann founded Karma Cat Rescue.  That same year she and her friend Mary Rubin opened The Dancing Cat.

Ann’s love of cats began in childhood with her parents’ first cat, Kitty Girl, and extends to the present as she shares her home with her husband Rob Phair, and rescue cats Coco, Prowler and Hera.

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Robert Phair, Vice President

Robert is a scientist, an engineer, and a philosopher. He joined this Board to help solve problems, and particularly to ensure that we care for the people of Karma Cat Rescue/The Dancing Cat as well as we care for the cats who grace our lives.

Mary Rubin, Secretary

With a background in architecture and real estate development, Mary has worked as a project manager in the field of Public Art for many years. Among her major local projects are the San Jose Airport Art Program, San Jose City Hall, and the MLK Library. For 8 years, she also co-managed production of the Fundred Project, creatively mobilizing a national community to support an end to childhood lead poisoning.

In 2014 she discovered her love of cats. As luck would have it, she met her neighbor Ann Chasson and shortly thereafter they co-founded The Dancing Cat. Whether dog, cat, pig, cow or sheep, Mary is committed to supporting the well-being of all sentient beings.

Mary Hoover, Director

Mary has over 30 years experience in the high tech world – and experienced the transformation from punch cards to phones having more power than the first computer she fed cards into.  She has always lived with cats – when she was two the resident house cat had kittens, and she named him “Mao”. He was the first of a series of cats that she grew up with

Every morning will find her in the yoga studio practicing Mysore style of yoga, which helps keep her centered and focused.

Mary began volunteering for the Dancing Cat in 2016. In her role of Cat Curator she ensures that there is a balance of ages, sexes and colors.  She shares her home with her two cats Pixel (8) and Minx (6).

Jennifer Kaufman, Director

Jennifer has over 20 years experience in the field of medical device clinical research.  She led the Safety & Quality Departments for Abbott Vascular, where her teams were involved with over 50 clinical trials during her time there.  She helped Abbott Vascular prove the safety and effectiveness of over 12 cardiovascular devices that are now currently sold on the market for human use.   While her working hours were put towards the humans of this world, her heart secretly lie with the cats in need.

Jennifer began volunteering for the Dancing Cat in 2015 when it started as a pop up experiment and now helps to ensure the health issues for the Karma Cat Rescue/Dancing Cat cats are addressed.  She shares her home with her loving husband Rich and her 4 cats; Zoe (21), Toby (9) and Cali (4),.

Marilyn Smith, Treasurer

Marilyn has 25+ years experience in financial record keeping for non-profit and for-profit businesses.  10+ at Stanford in research administration, the School of Earth Sciences, and the controller's office. She was treasurer at her church for 9 years.  And, was "CFO" for 7+ years at her family's garage go-ped business with $100,000+ annual sales.

In retirement, she hoped to volunteer her financial services to small non-profits.  That dream was elusive due to physical and energy limitations from worsening Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  She is thrilled that the dream is coming true with the Dancing Cat

Although she loves dogs slightly more than cats, she believes that all God's creatures -- human and animal -- should be treated with love and care.

Lauren Slayton, Operations Manager

Lauren is a graduate of The University of Arizona, where she studied history and sociology. After college she pursued a career in corporate finance, working in both San Francisco and Chicago, before deciding she wanted to explore more personal projects. Lauren runs the majority of the social media programs for The Dancing Cat and is grateful that years of watching cats on the internet has prepared her for this role.

Lauren has loved cats all of her life and appreciates their individuality, spirit and teeny tiny paws.

Christine Hernandez, Operations Assistant

Christine started her cat career in 2010 at the San Jose Animal Shelter, socializing special needs, anxious, and shy cats & kittens. Feeling she needed to do more to help prevent so many cats from entering the shelter, she immersed herself in Trap/Neuter/Release (TNR). To date, Christine has helped make sure that over 500 cats will not have unwanted, overpopulating litters of kittens through her trapping efforts. In addition to her TNR work, Christine cares for 5 community cat colonies.