The Dancing Cat: San JOse, CA
Address: 702 E Julian St, San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: +1 (408) 459-9644
Hours: Wed-Sun 12:00 - 18:00; Closed Mon/Tue
Entrance Fee: $10/hour
TNR-iffic!: Review of The Dancing Cat
When I visited The Dancing Cat. it was like a lightbulb went off in my head.
The realization had finally hit me. That spaying and neutering was truly where the rubber meets the road in the cycle of rescue and adoption.
I didn’t just visit the cat cafe (less cafe than cozy cat socializing environment) but also participated in my first community eduction session. After expressing an interest in learning more about TNR (trap-neuter-return), Lauren (the manager) suggested I return that evening for a class focused on what it is and how it works.
Not only was I educated on the basics, but what I learned changed me and the focus of my writing. It was at that moment that I shifted my emphasis from cat travel to raising awareness for rescue, adoption and TNR. I still love visiting and writing about cat cafes (they provide a relaxed environment for kitties to shine in front of prospective adopters!), but I also want to be a force for change in reducing euthanasia rates by advocating rescue, adoption & TNR.
The Dancing Cat was the perfect spot for my transformation. Mary and Ann, the founders, have created a lovely environment to hang out with new feline friends- everything is light, bright and colorful with classy and comfortable furnishings. A large table with art supplies encourage children (and adults!) to be creative in the company of cats looking for their forever homes.
TDC is a non-profit that initially teamed up Silicon Valley Pet Project, where they facilitated nearly 300 adoptions since opening in 2016. As of September 1, 2018 The Dancing Cat began operations as an independent rescue organization. Congratulations!
The day that we visited, the cats were playful and entertaining. My favorites included gentle Toro, dashing tuxedo Rocco and stunning tabby Mowgli, who caught me eye with his mischievous personality.
Top it all off with the caring and compassionate staff, and our visit to The Dancing Cat remains one of my brightest yet, lightbulb and all.
Date Visited: 5/16/18