If you are anticipating a lonely Thanksgiving followed by an even emptier Christmas, stop with the pity party and go get yourself a pet.
Starting Friday, you can peruse the Macy's storefront in Union Square to check out the latest crop of available animals who are just as sad and lonely as you are right now. The San Francisco SPCA will proudly showcase hundreds of adorable kittens and puppies as part of its annual Macy's for Holiday Windows through Jan. 1.
If that wasn't enticing enough, Mayor Willie Brown and 49ers running
back LaMichael James will unveil the windows at 5 p.m. on Friday. So be at the corner of Stockton
and O'Farrell streets if you want to catch sight of these two San Francisco celebs.
"Macy's Union Square is proud to continue the tradition of the iconic SPCA Holiday Windows," said Macy's District Vice President Lori Randolph. "The windows have become a symbol of the holidays here in San Francisco. They help us spread the generosity and spirit of the holiday season by finding loving homes for animals in need and bringing joy to the families that adopt them."
Last year's event was the most successful ever; more than 325 animals
found new homes and some $80,000 was raised for the SF SPCA, the shelter says. Each holiday window will be equipped with a video camera that streams
images to sfspca.org/holiday, so you and your co-workers can watch the kittens and puppies
from your desk at work.
If you can't adopt an animal this year, there 's still opportunity to help out with this cause. The SPCA is in need of volunteers to stand at the display, greet the public, collect donations, and direct visitors to the SPCA pop-up adoption center inside Macy's. The two-hour shifts do not require special training, so there's really no excuse for not kicking in your time or money. To sign up, visit sfspca.org/holiday-volunteer or call the shelter at 554-3008.
On Dec.1, Family Fun Day, Macy's will host a holiday cookie decorating workshop for kids from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Kids Department, Level 5. Kids will decorate animal-shaped cookies that they can take home and enjoy. Radio Disney will also be at the event with a DJ, games, holiday decorating station, and giveaways. On Dec. 14, National Believe Day, Macy's will be matching all donations collected outside the Holiday Windows, up to $1,000.
"Holiday Windows provides us with a unique opportunity to help animals in need. The event not only helps homeless animals find new families, but it also raises awareness about important animal welfare issues such as pet overpopulation and homelessness," said Jason Walthall, co-president of the SPCA.
If Union Square isn't your thing during the holidays
(understandable), you can still go get a pet. The SPCA will be waiving
fees on adult animals adopted from the permanent SF SPCA
Adoption Center at 250 Florida St. starting Saturday through Jan. 1.