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Fancy store windows are part of the magic of the holiday season. They catch our eyes, capture our imaginations, and compel us to spend our hard-earned money. But sometimes you want to gawk at more than just bags and shoes (and that stunning Zac Posen dress that's blowing our minds in the Neiman Marcus window on Stockon). Sometimes you want to stare at ridiculously cute baby animals. Luckily, Macy's and the San Francisco SPCA have your back. The Macy's mothership in Union Square is once again sharing its window space with the SF SPCA during the holiday season for an adoption pop-up center featuring adorable puppies and kittens that need loving homes. This year, the pop-up will continue through January 5, so you still have time to adopt a four-legged friend.
Over the course of their 9-year partnership, the Macy's/SF SPCA Holiday Windows have raised over $400,000 in donations and found homes for more than 2,300 animals. One convenient aspect of the program is that prospective pet guardians can adopt the animals on site at Macy's. (Walk in the Stockton entrance and make your way over the MAC counter. You'll see a hallway where an adoption workstation is set up.)
Squee! There are kittens, too!. Photo via SF SPCA.
Cat adoption fees at the Holiday Windows are $50 for cats over 6 months, and $125 for cats under 6 months. Dog adoptions are $250 for pups under 6 months (or $125 for people who have attended the free SF SPCA Puppy Parent Orientation class), and $100 for dogs over 6 months. San Francisco residents pay an additional $21 for the Dog License fee at the time of adoption. Previews of all available animals and the Holiday Windows schedule hours are available on the SF SPCA website.
If you're in the neighborhood, and have a question about one of the Holiday Windows animals, just ask one the volunteers holding the plexiglass donation boxes for information about the pets. If you can spare the money, make a donation, too. Because PUPPIES!
Even if you can't make it to Union Square to witness the cuteness in person, you can watch the animals play (and sleep) in the windows on the Holiday Window Live Stream. And while you're sitting in your office, squealing with puppy and kitten delight, consider adopting a pet: Give yourself a little friend, and give a little friend a home.
· SF SPCA [Offical Site]
· Macy's [Official Site]
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