The SF SPCA and Macy’s unveiled their holiday windows at Union Square on Friday. And this year’s windows saw the return of live adoptable kittens and puppies for the first time since 2019. The fuzzy cuteness will be on view in the windows on the corner of Stockton and O’Farrell Streets through January 1st. Passerby can catch them Thursdays through Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
“We are thrilled to bring live animals back to Macy’s Union Square for the 36th annual Holiday Windows,” Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, SF SPCA CEO, said in a statement. “This favorite tradition not only brings joy to holiday shoppers, but more importantly, it has helped more than 10,000 animals find loving homes.”
Adoptable kittens look out from the Holiday Windows. | Photo: Cheryl Guerrero/Hoodline
The windows also feature live streams of rescue animals from the adoption center, as well as videos of SF SPCA shelter alumni. For those not able to make it down to Union Square, the live streams will also be available for viewing online.
Donation drop-offs of gifts for pets and owners will be accepted in Macy’s Backstage on the 8th floor. New, unwrapped supplies, such as towels and dog or cat toys, can be dropped off.
The Holiday Windows partnership with Macy’s extends back over two decades. This year Macy’s Union Square Store Manager John Sparks presented a $5,000 donation to support the SF SPCA’s year-round work.
“Macy’s is such an amazing community partner,” Dr. Scarlett told Hoodline. She explained that along with ushering in the holiday season, the windows were significant this year “as the city begins to heal and come back from the pandemic and everything that happened to the downtown area.”
Macy’s Union Square Store Manager John Sparks presents a $5,000 donation to SF SPCA CEO Dr. Jennifer Scarlett. | Photo: Cheryl Guerrero/Hoodline
The windows also play a noted role in encouraging adoptions of the SF SPCA rescue animals. This is particularly important this year as rescue organizations have seen an explosion of kittens and puppies due to the fact that, during the height of the pandemic, many animals went without being spayed or neutered.
“If you have it in your heart to adopt, this is a great time to do it,” Dr. Scarlett said.
Here are more photos from today’s unveiling:
Adoptable kittens Lena and Lana were part of the Holiday Windows opening day.
SF SPCA volunteers Laura Pierce (l) and Jose Samayoa (r) greet passerby.
Shoppers look in at the adoptable kittens on view.
Daphne Sempe (l), holding senior pup Buddy, and Savi Esparza (r) from San Franciso, with their SPCA adopted dog Savage, or Savi for short.
Hannah Ransom and Indy, who volunteer with the SF SPCA Animal Assisted Therapy Program.
The windows also feature gifts from Toys“R”Us® at Macy’s.
The official unveiling today by SF SPCA CEO Dr. Jennifer Scarlett (l) and Macy’s Union Square store manager John Sparks (r).
All photos by Cheryl Guerrero