How much is that doggie in the window? The one with the waggily tale…These questions and many more came to mind as shoppers experienced the unveiling of the Macy’s holiday windows Friday night in Union Square. The event was kicked off with the lovely voices of the children from the De Marillac Academy Choir performing holiday songs.
For the 28th year, the San Francisco SPCA has partnered with Macy’s to set up holiday window displays featuring adoptable puppies and kittens in need of a home. The SPCA windows will be on display through January 4 and you can view a live stream of the windows until then. Krista Maloney, San Francisco SPCA Spokesperson offers answers to Examiner questions regarding the event and adopting pets for the holidays:
Examiner: How many animals will be available for adoption through the Macy’s event this year?
Krista: Last year we broke our adoption record and found homes for 343 animals, and this year we’re hoping to complete even more adoptions! Since the event started, in 1987, more than 8,000 cats and dogs have found loving families through Holiday Windows. We aim to take about 24 animals to Holiday Windows each day. If you’re planning to visit you can preview the animals who will be there that day by logging onto www.sfspca.org/holiday
Examiner: What percentage of animals do you anticipate being adopted?
Krista: Last year, about 1/3 of the animals we brought to Holiday Windows were adopted. This year we’re of course hoping to increase that number!
Examiner: Are all of the animals unveiled at the Macy’s window event from the San Francisco area?
Krista: Many of our animals are from this city, and helping San Francisco animals is always our first priority. We do partner with shelters outside of San Francisco, and when we have the ability we’ll transfer animals from their shelters to the SF SPCA’s Adoption Centers.
Examiner: Do you have any suggestions for selecting a pet for a family?
Krista: It’s important to consider an animal’s social, exercise and training needs. Then consider how those needs fit with your home, interests, and lifestyle. Some questions to consider are: Do you need an animal who’s friendly with children? Do you have the time and energy to train a puppy, or would you prefer a more mellow, older dog? Do you want an animal who’s more sedentary or physically active?
We always recommend selecting a pet based on the animal’s personality instead of basing the decision solely on the animal’s physical appearance or breed. We’ve found that this leads to better matches and happier adopters.
Our goal is a loving a home and a lasting bond, and our adoption counselors are always available – both at Holiday Windows and our two permanent adoption centers – to talk with adopters and help them find their perfect match.
Examiner: Do you have any tips for selecting and raising a pet in the city?
Krista: First and foremost, if you rent it’s important to ensure that you’re allowed to have pets in your building.
Especially if you’re adopting a dog, consider what kind of dog would be best suited to your living situation. For example, if you have a small apartment, a very active and large dog might not be the best fit.
San Francisco is a very dog-friendly city, so if you don’t have a yard take the time to locate your nearest dog parks. If your dog does well with other dogs, these parks provide a great opportunity for exercise, stimulation, and socialization.
We always recommend that cats be kept indoors, especially in the city. It’s also important to ensure that your windows have tight fitting screens. We often have cats coming into our veterinary hospital who have been injured from falling out of windows, something that’s known as “high rise syndrome.”
Although the adoptable pets and the hundreds of volunteers that help make this event happen were the stars of the show, internet celebrity Grumpy Cat made an appearance and was available for photos. Grumpy Cat will be starring in a new Lifetime original movie about animal adoption and the holidays Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever on Saturday, November 29, at 8:00pm ET/PT.