SAN FRANCISCO MACY’S SFSPCA HOLIDAY WINDOWS 2015

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This year’s visit was on a sunny, 40 something degree, quiet week day morning on Tuesday, December 29.  Schools were still on vacation and tourists still in town, sustaining the festive mood.  The first glimpse of the O’Farrell Street windows revealed new design this year.

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Getting closer, it was Peanuts characters.

2015 O'Farrell animal window

Happiness is a Warm Puppy is still on the book shelf, so maybe this will work as the background for cats and dogs available for adoption.  There is one actual animal in sight.

Here’s the dog, being described as a “3 month old Schnauzer mix.”  He’s certainly panting a lot and has a black kitten next door.  On his left, is another cat taking a nap in a corner.

Moving on to the corner window that has no live animals, just design, a mechanical Snoopy goes back and forth on a snowy slope with the cast of Peanuts character figures elevated in the background.

Around the corner is Lucy offering psychiatric advise.

2015 Stockton corner windowSnoopy labors on, backwards up the ski run and back down, continuously.  Outside, SFSPCA volunteers have information about the animals on display and cash collection containers.

On to the final window and a very active black cat.

This year’s narrative is new and divided between the 2 corner windows.  Is this dialogue between Charlie Brown and Lucy?  Apparently the scene depicts Charlie Brown directing a play to get with the holiday spirit.

2015 narrative 1And this looks like lyrics to a carroll.

2015 narrative 2Inside Macy’s on the First Floor between the ever expanding cosmetics department and elevators is the SFSPCA business desk; no visitors but two staffers at the ready for adoption applicants.

2015 SPCA deskAnd the holding area where there may be more animals in the cage bank to meet potential adopters.

2015 SPCA back roomYes, this is an established seasonal outreach event that annually places 200 to 300 plus cats and dogs in new homes.  But what draws us every year have been the wonderful, theatrical displays that have incorporated local settings with story lines, figures of carolers, of skating children and interaction with beautiful, realistic dogs and cats for magic effect that brought us back every year to carefully document and describe in this blog.  In 2014, that was the spectacular flying sleigh — perhaps too hard to top.  Macy’s used to sell the magic of cats and dogs in all their diversity, beauty and charm: not this year.  Selling pets is about selling magic and hope of joy the pet will bring to life.  Instead of building on the iconic title, Happiness is a Warm Puppy, this scene had Snoopy doing his own thing apart from any interaction with the characters.  Well, a Beagle might do that…

To enjoy those photos from past years going back to 2008, including all those Great Danes of Christmases past, peruse our Archives for some real treats.

The End – 2015

Editor’s note:  Sunday, January 3, 2016 was the final adoption day, and SFSPCA has announced the final adoption number for 2015 is 261.  The final number for 2014 was 267.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SAN FRANCISCO MACY’S SFSPCA HOLIDAY WINDOWS 2014

This year’s visit was after New Year’s, Friday, January 2, a sunny afternoon with all the promise of a new year and new homes for the dogs and cats populating the downtown San Francisco Macy’s windows for the 2014 run that ended that Sunday, January 4, 2015.

O'Farrell and Stockton Street Corner 2014-15
O’Farrell and Stockton Street Corner 2014-15
MACY'S
MACY’S

The windows!  Even hot dogs!

The Windows!
The Windows!

We love the juxtaposition of the annual Magical City corner window with its figures of purebred dogs and  pedigreed cats with the adjacent Magical Gift windows of cats and dogs available for adoption from the San Francisco SPCA that has to leave it’s “Adopt don’t buy” message at the facility.  Clever designers annually change the Magical City just enough to keep it fresh and surprising with its local backdrop, holiday theme and marvelous figures and music.

THE MAGICAL CITY 2014
THE MAGICAL CITY 2014

This year, the Magical City’s amazing surprise was a flying sleigh led by a French Bulldog and pulled by two Alaskan Malamutes.

THE MAGICAL GIFT, 2014
THE MAGICAL GIFT, 2014

Once in the festive mood, pet seekers can watch the cats and dogs, talk to the SFSPCA volunteers and go to the setup inside the store to see additional animals in a holding area, and sit down to begin an adoption or just consider the possibilities.

An empty cat window awaiting a new occupant.
An empty cat window awaiting a new occupant.

Here they are!

THE BIG WINDOW FOR CATS 2014
THE BIG WINDOW FOR CATS 2014

 

AN 8 WEEK KITTEN, 2014
AN 8 WEEK KITTEN, 2014

 

STOCKTON STREET CAT WINDOW 2014
ANOTHER CAT WINDOW 2014

Mesmerized adults and children crowd around each window with their cameras.

THE LONE DOG 2014
THE LONE DOG 2014

His cute little tan window mate was pulled to meet potential adopters inside the store!

MEETING THE ADOPTERS 2014
MEETING THE ADOPTERS 2014

Amidst the scarves on Macy’s first floor, the excited adopters meet the candidate.

SFSPCA ADOPTION TABLE - MACYS 1ST FLOOR 2014The deal closes here.

ADOPTION COUNT, JANUARY 2, 2015
ADOPTION COUNT, JANUARY 2, 2015

Back outside to check out the 2014 window design.

NEW GIRL IN TOWN 2014
NEW GIRL IN TOWN 2014

There is a new girl among the skaters this year, fitting San Francisco’s diversity.

THE TOY BREEDS 2014
THE TOY BREEDS 2014

The Papillon and Yorkie are dolled up this year.

THE DACHSHUND FIGURE 2014
THE DACHSHUND FIGURE 2014

Hat and coat for the Dachshund who does have a rather foxy look in more ways than one.

THE ROTTWEILER FIGURE 2014
THE ROTTWEILER FIGURE 2014

 

THE BIG GUY 2014
THE BIG GUY 2014

 

THE AFGHAN PRINCESS 2014
THE AFGHAN PRINCESS 2014

 

THE MINIATURE SCHNAUZER FIGURE 2014
THE MINIATURE SCHNAUZER FIGURE 2014

We love the beautifully done ears and tail.

BELLA AND THE BOXER 2014
BELLA AND THE BOXER 2014

Bella, the Frenchie, and the Boxer (rear) were back this season but just twirl in place by the Christmas tree.  In 2013, they twirled and skated all around the Christmas Tree.

THE BOXER 2014
THE BOXER 2014

The twirling Boxer’s docked tail shows just below his winter vest.

THE AMAZING GREEN STOCKTON STREET 2014
THE AMAZING GREEN STOCKTON STREET 2014

Underground construction of a new transit line has closed Stockton Street in the Union Square area, so it was covered with artificial turf for the holiday season, although there is cross traffic on the intersecting streets.  Who thought we’d ever be walking down the middle of Stockton Street on a Friday afternoon?

 

NEIMAN MARCUS 2014

Stockton and Geary — an irresistible photo spot facing the Neiman Marcus Christmas tree.  The store is on the lot of the long gone landmark City of Paris department store where an interior  rotunda featured a very tall tree during the holiday season.

UNION SQUARE, SAN FRANCISCO , JANUARY 2, 2015
UNION SQUARE, SAN FRANCISCO , JANUARY 2, 2015

Finally, the huge Christmas tree in iconic Union Square and the seasonal ice skating rink with the Zamboni at work.

THE END – 2014