Lucky Puppy Magazine Winter 2016 - Page 30

THE BEST GIFT OF ALL All a shelter pet wants for Christmas is a home where she can spend the holidays, and the rest of her life. that doggie How much is at Macy’s? e! in the window adoption fe Just a small W hen it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, some animal shelters deck their halls for festive holiday celebrations to showcase pets awaiting adoption. The timing might be perfect for some people, who are feeling generous and loving, and want to do good deeds. Macy’s holiday windows In downtown San Francisco, unsuspecting passersby in Union Square walk past Macy’s and find themselves going home with a new pet. These windows aren’t your usual yuletide displays, with wrapped gifts and whimsical items. Cats and dogs from the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of 28 Cruelty to Animals frolic and play behind the glass in the popular Holiday Windows event, a 30-year-old tradition. “People are tired; they’ve been shopping. Then they see these kittens and puppies in the window, and their faces just light up,” said Krista Maloney, media-relations manager for the San Francisco SPCA. Every day, shelter workers bring in dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens, who woo adopters through the windows or from spots inside the store. People outside, often holiday shoppers, stop to look at the cute, furry faces in the five windows, which wrap around a corner of the store.Volunteers answer questions about the animals and collect donations. Adoption counselors meet with prospective pet parents inside the store. Successful matches can go home together that day. Typically, about 300 pets are adopted during Holiday Windows every year. The festive spirit and setting, along with the timing, contribute to the success of the event, which PHOTOS THIS PAGE COURTESY SFSPCA by Kellie B. Gormly LUCKYPUPPYMAG.COM 28x29HomeHolidaysJB-MLK.indd 28 9/15/16 9:21 AM