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Macy’s Holiday Windows will fire up once again in Union Square come November 19th, 2010.
Volunteer, won’t you?
“The SF SPCA is also seeking volunteers to interact with jolly holiday shoppers and the many visitors to the Windows. Volunteers representing the SF SPCA answer questions about the animals and collect donations in front of the Windows on Stockton and O’Farrell streets. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to sign up online at www.sfspca.org/support/volunteer.”
And the old-school displays are based upon the Yes, Virginia animated movie? Apparently.
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The San Francisco SPCA and Macy’s Team Up for 24th Annual Macy’s Holiday Windows Pet Adoption Campaign
The San Francisco SPCA and Macy’s Unveil Adoptable Pets on Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. in Annual Union Square Event to Help Homeless Cats and Dogs Find Loving New Homes
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Nov. 11, 2010 – The San Francisco SPCA is teaming up with Macy’s for the 24th annual Macy’s Holiday Windows featuring adoptable animals from the SF SPCA. The Windows will be unveiled on Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 and last through Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011. Shoppers and pet-lovers alike are encouraged to visit and adopt some of San Francisco’s cutest cats and dogs from the Windows located at Stockton and O’Farrell streets in Union Square. The SF SPCA has a goal of 320 adoptions by Jan. 2, 2011.
KNTV’s (NBC, Bay Area) Emmy Award winning meteorologist Craig Herrera joins the festivities again this year and will host the unveiling ceremony at 5 p.m. on Nov. 19 with students from San Francisco’s De Marillac Academy.
“The Macy’s Holiday Windows featuring adoptable animals from the SF SPCA has become synonymous with the holidays among San Franciscans and has been an enormous boon to our efforts to bring comfort to the many adorable animals we care for through donations and adoptions,” said Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, SF SPCA interim co-president. “Through this wonderful partnership with Macy’s, I hope we inspire visitors to open their hearts and their homes to these precious cats and dogs.”
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Two thumbs up from the King of Canines:
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“Senator Yee Receives “A+” from Paw PAC for 100% Record on Animal Issues
Yee is one of four Senators to receive top score from California’s Political Action Committee for Animals
SACRAMENTO – Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) received an “A+” grade for his 100 percent voting record on animal issues from Paw PAC – California’s political action committee for animals. Yee was one of only four Senators to receive an “A+” score.
The Paw PAC scored legislators on 8 bills ranging from fur labeling to animal cruelty.
“How we treat our animals is really a testament to how compassionate we are as a society,” said Yee. “These bills not only provide additional protections for animals, but also help humane consumers who are looking to do the right thing with their pocketbook.”
Paw PAC is a nonpartisan, nonprofit political action committee dedicated to the passage of humane laws and election of humane legislators.”
This afternoon, the Purina ONE Tour for Heroes will drop by the San Francisco SPCA in the Northern Mission / Potrero Hill area at 250 Alabama Street betwixt 15th and 16th. Purina is going to set up a temporary food bank to give out more than 1,000 bags of pet food to Bay Area pet owners from 2:00 to 7:00 PM, while supplies last. It’s the debut of their national tour:
Temporary Food Banks – Throughout the tour more than 63,000 pounds of Purina® ONE® dog and cat food – equaling 11,000 bags of food – will be given out to help pets in need. Every pet owner who visits an event will receive a free 8-lb. bag of Purina® ONE® brand dog food or a 3.5-lb. bag of Purina® ONE® brand cat food as long as supplies last.
Pets Available for Adoption– Adoptable dogs and cats from the San Francisco SPCA and Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation will be available to meet and greet. Also, every pet lover who adopts a pet will receive a coupon for free Purina® ONE® brand dog or cat food. Every little bit helps to make a difference in a pet’s life.
So get on out there. Deets below.
Martha Stewart wants you to attend this event today:
Don’t miss out on the tons of free food and/or the adorable adoptable pets:
And while you’re there, ask the SPCA about the upcoming Bark & Whine Ball.
Anyway, here are the deets for today’s tour stop. See you there!
The Purina ONE Tour for Heroes is partnering with Martha Stewart and shelters across the country to help pet lovers be heroes in pets’ lives.
On February 3, the event will kick-off at The San Francisco SPCA from 2PM to 7PM on our campus. We will give away over 1,000 bags of Purina ONE dog and cat food. And feature adoptable cats and dogs.
Please come to our campus entrance at 201 Alabama Street (at 16th St.) to participate.
From February 3-26, the Purina ONE mobile unit is traveling to 11 cities from San Francisco to New York and stopping at local animal shelters to set up temporary food banks and adoption events.
More than 63,000 pounds of Purina ONE dog and cat food – equaling 11,000 bags of food – will be given out to help pets in need during this national tour.
Purina ONE is also supporting adoption events at each of the Tour for Heroes stops to help save pets and find them a forever home.
A lot of people are going through tough times right now, but one source of constant companionship to help them get through is often their dog or cat. Purina ONE wants to help pets in need, and by assisting their owners who may need a little extra help these days, we help their pets, too.
Whether you’ve lost your job, have large veterinary or medical bills or are struggling to pay your mortgage, no one will be turned away at any of the Purina ONE Tour for Heroes events. Purina ONE is helping save pets lives by helping people in need.
For more information and tour destinations:
You can also take part by sharing profiles of adoptable pets in your area. Every time a photo is shared, Purina ONE will donate $1 – up to $50,000 – to benefit local shelters across the country.
Sharing a photo is easy. Start by searching for an adoptable pet in your area by clicking on tourforheroes.marthastewart.com anytime after January 20.
Choose a pet you want to help and click to share his or her profile with friends on your Facebook page. Pet lovers can share photos until April 1, 2010.
San Francisco’s method of handling feral cats might be affected by a recent ruling down in L.A., where Judge Thomas McKnew just suspended the entire county’s Trap-Neuter-Return program. So people can still bring in feral kitties for sterilization at various clinics but the county can’t subsidize or promote any such program now.
Do we have a similar TNR program in San Francisco? Oh yes. If you call the SPCA about a feral cat in your backyard, they’ll help you trap it, they’ll perform the operation and then they’ll release the kitty right back in your backyard.
Judge McKnew didn’t like that fact that there was no CEQA Environmental Impact Report done and then he read up on county reports stating that TNR was ineffectual. I don’t think San Francisco supports TNR the way Los Angeles did, but certainly it works with the SF SPCA on some issues, anyway.
This feral cat in Golden Gate Park has a notched right ear – a sure sign that it’s been through a TNR program – that’s how they mark “graduates.”
This feral kitty from the West End of GGP has yet to be trapped:
So, Will a Recent State Judge Ruling Affect San Francisco’s Feral Cat Neutering System? I don’t know. Just asking.
Anyway, the system in place now is about as convenient as it could be:
“Free Feral Fix Program (http://www.sfspca.org/veterinary-services/feral-fix)
In most cities, there is no care available for feral cats. But since 1993, The SF/SPCA has teamed up with feral cat caregivers to control, monitor, feed and provide veterinary care to feral cat populations — and even help adopt some into loving homes.
We provide spay/neuter procedures for San Francisco’s feral cats for free on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays — no appointment necessary.
Read the Adoption Pact between The SF/SPCA and ACC.
The new Leanne Roberts Center dramatically increases our capacity to care for and treat feral cats. See the tips below for how you can help.
How Our Feral Fix Program Works
We accept trapped cats Monday, Wednesday and Friday (excluding major holidays).
Drop off time is between 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Bring a trapped cat to the Leanne Roberts Center Feral Cat Department Entrance at 220 Florida Street. Be sure to cover the trap with a towel or sheet.
No need to park your car! We offer a curbside drop-off service. Simply pull up between 7:30 – 8 a.m., and a staff person will assist you.
You will be offered the option of purchasing a Feline Leukemia Test ($27.50) and/or a one-time treatment of Revolution ($8) or Advantage ($7) for fleas. If interested, please be prepared to pay by credit card or check.
Same-Day Feral Cat Pick-Up Information
Feral cats must be picked up the same day between 4:30 – 5:00 p.m.
We offer curbside pick-up at the Feral Cat Department Entrance, 220 Florida St.
A recently altered feral cat must remain indoors for recovery for two to three days.
If the cat is semi-social, you can use a garage space or bathroom.
For cats that cannot be handled, plan on keeping the cat in the trap. Ask us for advice on cage cleaning and feeding during the recovery period.
If you want to rent a trap from The SF/SPCA, contact us at 415.522.3539.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is a feral cat?
A: An unsocialized “community cat” that cannot be safely handled and must be trapped to be transported.
Q: How young can a feral cat be to be spayed/neutered?
A: Feral kittens can be altered at 2 months of age and/or 2 pounds.
Q: What if I have found a feral mother cat and kittens?
A: If possible, trap the mother and kittens and provide in-home care and daily socialization of the kittens until they are eight weeks of age. At that time, the kittens can be surrendered to The SF/SPCA for adoption. The mother cat will be spayed at no charge and returned to you for release.”
Folks were still setting up a few days back, but now would be a good time to check things out. And don’t miss the Union Square tree lighting at Nov. 27, 2009, 6:00 PM. Check the photos.
As seen on Saturday:
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Kitties and puppies, AFAICS
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Nov. 20, 2009 to Jan. 3, 2010
Macy’s will once again partner with San Francisco’s Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) to give homeless cats and dogs a second chance to find warm and loving homes. Holiday shoppers can glimpse some of San Francisco’s cutest animals, along with Santa himself, in Macy’s Stockton and O’Farrell Street windows. This year’s windows are inspired by Macy’s Believe campaign, which asks children to deposit their stamped letters to Santa in official Santa’s mailboxes in our stores. Animals up for adoption will frolic in front of a variety of doorsteps indicative of classic architecture, from colonial to cottage, modern to brownstone and log cabin to deco. Santa letters will arrive at Santa’s mailroom, where the jolly man himself will be checking his list to find out which dogs and cats have been naughty or nice. SPCA representatives will be on site while the pets are on display to answer questions from potential adopters.
20TH ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING CELEBRATES THE YOUNG PATIENTS OF UCSF CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
Nov. 27, 2009, 6:00 p.m.
Macy’s Great Tree in Union Square, Macy’s gift to the city and most recognized Christmas tree will be officially lit in Union Square. A 85-foot Shasta White Fir from the Carlton Tree Farm in Mount Shasta will be adorned with thousands of twinkling lights and 1,500 red and gold ornaments. For the seventh year, Macy’s has made UCSF Children’s Hospital the beneficiary of its annual tree lighting. For $5, anyone can sponsor a light bulb to illuminate the tree; all proceeds go directly to the UCSF Children’s Hospital’s palliative care program, which supports families whose children have life-threatening illnesses. There will be musical performances and, of course, Santa Claus will lead thousands of holiday revelers in a spirited countdown before throwing the switch to light the tree.
See you there!
So sayeth this car’s license plate holder. The owner of this vehicle also recommends you to spay and neuter feral cats.
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