Have you been by the SF SPCA’s holiday window display at Macy’s Union Square yet? Why not? Look at who you’re missing! At least check out the livestream.
[photo via SF SPCA]

Have you been by the SF SPCA’s holiday window display at Macy’s Union Square yet? Why not? Look at who you’re missing! At least check out the livestream.

[photo via SF SPCA]


SF SPCA’s holiday window display of adoptable animals debuts Friday at Macy’s!  »

Catch the unveiling of the SF SPCA’s annual holiday window display of adorable, adoptable animals at Macy’s Union Square on Friday! Beat back your case of Seasonal Affective Disorder with an eyeful of baby animals who want to be your best friend! 

Last year this display led to more than 325 animals finding forever homes, and almost $80,000 for the SF SPCA! Awesome. Also of note:

The SF SPCA needs volunteers to help spread the holiday cheer at Windows by greeting the public, collecting donations, and directing visitors to the SF SPCA pop-up adoption center inside Macy’s. The 2-hour shifts do not require special training. Groups are welcome, and children are invited to volunteer alongside their parents. For details or to sign up, visit or call (415) 554-3008.

Each holiday window will be equipped with a video camera that streams images to, so you can watch the kittens and puppies from your computer.

For those who can’t make it to Macy’s, the SF SPCA will be waiving the adoption fee on  adult animals adopted from the permanent SF SPCA Adoption Center at 250 Florida St. [from] Nov. 16 to Jan. 1, 2013.

Check out the window unveiling at 5 p.m. on Friday at Macy’s Union Square, at the corner of Stockton and O’Farrell streets in San Francisco. Yes, the darkness encroaches as the winter solstice draws nearer, but an animal companion warms your heart (and lap) even on the coldest nights.

[Photos by Jennifer Jamieson for the SF SPCA]


Check out the SF SPCA’s holiday windows at Macy’s Union Square!  »


I know, it is basically the SF SPCA blog over here lately, but we are on Krista’s mailing list and she has a lot to say right now! Hi, Krista!

Every year the SF SPCA and Macy’s Union Square get together to promote local animal adoption, by designing fancy winter-holiday (Christmas) windows to show off all the cutie-pie puppies and kittens you could adopt as your winter-holiday present to yourself, because you’ve been super-good this year and besides of which, giving a needy animal a home is a total mitzvah, better than getting all your loved ones exactly what they put on their wish lists.

Last year “about 300 animals featured in Macy’s holiday windows found new homes from the adoption center on the Main Floor and more than $70,000 in donations was raised for the SF SPCA.” Awesome job, shoppers.

If you’re not ready to adopt a new best friend right now, you can at least go see the animals and get in the holiday spirit—it’s too late to complain, CHRISTMAS IS HERE—when the adoptable animals are unveiled in their windows this Friday, Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. at the Macy’s Union Square. Go be charmed! The SPCA windows will be up through Jan. 1, 2012.

[photo from the SF SPCA’s 2010 holiday windows; see more here]


And God Did Say, Let There be Kittens!  »

Sorry Jews and other non-Christian minorities, it’s Christmastime once again. You would know this if you’ve been to Union Square lately—the Christmas spirit is all up in that mofo! And while living by Union Square is a foot-traffic bonanza year-round, it just doesn’t bother me as much when there’s ice-skating to be done and roasted chestnuts to be had (which are GOOD. Jerks.). My favorite part of it all…the kittens and puppies!

Every year, the Macy’s windows on the corner of Stockton and O’Farrell here in San Francisco are taken over by the SPCA. They fill them with weird miniature woodland furniture and throw in a few puppies and kittens in each window and let the magic happen (NOOO! I just mean magic like people fall in love with them. Jeez, to neuter is cuter.). If you go by in the evening, you’ll see many “adopted” signs in the windows—most of them get adopted before the end of the day.

I love these damn puppies and kittens with their wacky elfin furniture! I take Figaro down to look at them about everyday until it’s over. He’s an SPCA alumnus so he’s basically the goodwill ambassador for shelter animals. Sometimes a puppy will come up to the window to look at Fig and it’s kind of the cute Olympics. Quite a crowd-pleaser!

But there is one thing that I can’t help but think about: isn’t impulse-shopping a big no-no when it comes to pets? I feel like not only do most animal-welfare organizations warn against getting pets on a whim, a lot of them are like, “Don’t buy pets for birthdays! Or Christmas! Or Easter! Or anytime fun!” So having cute-ass little puppies in the windows of a department store in the center of the shopping Mecca at Christmas seems like…well, a genius idea! But one that could end in buyer’s remorse and a lot of homeless slightly older pups. Fortunately, while adopters can submit applications and lay claim to the bitty pets, they have to wait a day or two before they can bring them home—so anyone being super-impulsive has a chance to abandon ship.

SPCA representatives are on-hand to answer your questions and collect donations. AND GUESS WHAT ELSE! There’s a WEBCAM! It’s totally SFW, btw.

[Ed.: Please welcome a new Vegansaurus regular, the fantastic Megan Rascal! Megan Rascal moved to San Francisco all the way from Philly to study copywriting. She also moonlights as DJ My Lil’ Pony, everyone’s favorite dancing DJ. She loves her adopted dog Figaro, peanut butter, and garage rock. Check out her blogs: You Talk Funny (cultural linguistics) and The Daily Rascal (awesome shit).]

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