Adoptable puppies, kittens are back in SF's Union Square - petsitterbank

Adoptable puppies, kittens are back in SF’s Union Square

A crowd squealed in delight as they huddled in front of a glass window cloaked by a red curtain on the corner of Stockton and O’Farrell streets in downtown San Francisco on Friday afternoon. Seconds later, the drapes were dramatically whisked away to reveal a pile of kittens snuggling in roly-poly shapes and playfully swatting at one another.

In one corner sat Everest, a 3-month-old tuxedo kitten with a splash of white fur on his nose. Unblinkingly, he stared out at the hubbub surrounding him — the day-glo Christmas trees and decorative gifts, the waving through of people and the clicking cameras. In true feline fashion, he paused to lick his leg before settling down for a nap, unfazed.

A group of kittens cuddle together in the window of Macy’s in San Francisco’s Union Square on Friday. The Holiday Windows display is a long-running tradition in partnership with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to find homes for these adoptable pets.

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It was the long-awaited return of an adorable Union Square tradition. For the first time since 2019, Macy’s Holiday Windows are back, bringing adoptable puppies and kittens from the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to the department store. They’ll be on view from noon to 5 pm on Thursdays through Saturdays until Jan. 1, 2023 (the store will be closed on Nov. 24 and Dec. 25, though, so plan your visit accordingly.)

A pedestrian stops to take a photo of the kittens in the display windows at Macy's in San Francisco's Union Square on Friday.

A pedestrian stops to take a photo of the kittens in the display windows at Macy’s in San Francisco’s Union Square on Friday.

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“We are thrilled to bring live animals back to Macy’s Union Square,” said Jennifer Scarlett, CEO of the San Francisco SPCA, noting that the pop-up event has helped more than 10,000 rescue animals find new homes since the partnership between the SPCA and Macy’s kicked off 36 years ago. She anticipates close to 500 animals will be adopted this month alone.



Young kittens frolic (and sleep) in the window display at Macy's in Union Square in San Francisco on Friday.

Young kittens frolic (and sleep) in the window display at Macy’s in Union Square in San Francisco on Friday.

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Volunteers in red SPCA jackets will be on-site regularly to answer questions about the animals available for adoption and accept donations for the nonprofit via cash or Venmo. Occasionally, they’ll be joined by the SPCA’s specially trained team of therapy animals, who will be making surprise appearances over the next couple of months. People can also bring supplies like blankets, food and toys to one of the drop boxes at Macy’s Backstage on the eighth floor.

A pair of dogs wait outside Macy's in San Francisco's Union Square prior to the unveiling of this year's Holiday Windows display, which showcases cats and dogs available for adoption.

A pair of dogs wait outside Macy’s in San Francisco’s Union Square prior to the unveiling of this year’s Holiday Windows display, which showcases cats and dogs available for adoption.

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Not sure if you’ll be able to make it out to Macy’s in person? A livestream of the animals is available to watch on the SCPA’s website, in addition to other videos of shelter alumni.

A calico kitten looks out at onlookers shortly after the curtains were raised at the Macy's Holiday Windows display in San Francisco's Union Square on Friday.

A calico kitten looks out at onlookers shortly after the curtains were raised at the Macy’s Holiday Windows display in San Francisco’s Union Square on Friday.

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A pair of kittens peer out at onlookers shortly after the curtains were raised at the Macy's Holiday Windows display in San Francisco's Union Square on Friday.

A pair of kittens peer out at onlookers shortly after the curtains were raised at the Macy’s Holiday Windows display in San Francisco’s Union Square on Friday.

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A group of kittens cuddle together in the window of Macy's in San Francisco's Union Square on Friday.

A group of kittens cuddle together in the window of Macy’s in San Francisco’s Union Square on Friday.

Charles Russo/SFGATE

A group of kittens cuddle together in the Holiday Windows display at Macy's in San Francisco's Union Square on Friday.

A group of kittens cuddle together in the Holiday Windows display at Macy’s in San Francisco’s Union Square on Friday.

Charles Russo/SFGATE

A group of kittens cuddle together in the window of Macy's in San Francisco's Union Square on Friday.

A group of kittens cuddle together in the window of Macy’s in San Francisco’s Union Square on Friday.

Charles Russo/SFGATE

A group of kittens cuddle together in the Holiday Windows display of Macy's in San Francisco's Union Square on Friday.

A group of kittens cuddle together in the Holiday Windows display of Macy’s in San Francisco’s Union Square on Friday.

Charles Russo/SFGATE

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