San Francisco SPCA Announces Unveiling of Annual Macy’s Union Square Holiday Windows

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The San Francisco SPCA kicks off the holiday season with the unveiling of the Macy’s Holiday Windows on Friday. The windows displays feature lovable—and adoptable—furry friends who will make the greatest gift of all.

On Friday, November 18th, at 5:00 pm, Macy’s and the San Francisco SPCA will unveil the much-anticipated holiday windows featuring kittens and puppies up for adoption. This year's windows’ theme is "Make a Wish," a 'wish factory' where wishes and dreams are magically transformed into ornaments that decorate a tree of wishes. Elementary students from the De Marillac Academy will be present to join the treasured tradition and help to unveil the windows.

The SF SPCA is proud to partner with Macy’s again in 2011 on the 25th annual holiday windows. Voted one of the “Top Ten Places to Press Your Nose Against the Glass” during the holiday season by USA Today, this tradition is one of the most beloved symbols of the holiday spirit in San Francisco.

Last year, about 300 animals featured in Macy’s holiday windows found new homes from the adoption center on the main floor, and more than $70,000 in donations was raised for the SF SPCA. All San Francisco residents and visitors are encouraged to come visit the adorable, adoptable animals in the Macy’s Holiday Windows from Friday, November 18 – Sunday, January 1.

“This holiday tradition is a wonderful expression of the holiday spirit in San Francisco. Volunteer with the San Francisco SPCA at Holiday Windows and be part of the magic this holiday season!” invites Jennifer Lu, Communications Manager for the SF SPCA.

Each holiday window is equipped with video camera that streams images to, so you can watch the kittens and puppies from your computer throughout the holiday season. The streaming video from Holiday Windows is generously sponsored by KSFO Radio.

Volunteers are still needed for short shifts—around 2 to 2.5 hours—to greet the public, collect donations and direct people to the SF SPCA adoption center inside Macy’s. Shifts are available throughout the day and evening, generally 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. No commitment or special training is necessary; just register online at, call (415) 554-3008, or email