Compassion for all Creatures

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In 1868, a San Francisco banker saw two men dragging a terrified hog along a cobblestone street. The hog was saved by the banker and he mobilized other San Franciscans to create what is now our Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or SPCA. It was the fourth SPCA in the nation and the first west of the Mississippi.

Fast forward almost 200 years and you can find delight at the corner of Stockton and O’Farrell Streets where Macy’s is hosting SPCA animals in their holiday themed windows for you to enjoy.

Here are some volunteers who may be inviting you to donate to the cause or be mesmerized by the puppies and kitties while you de-stress from your shopping trip.

FYI, if you are planning ahead, you have only two to three weeks to get it together before celebrating your brand of holidays. Christmas is December 25, Hanukkah is December 12 to December 20 and Kwanzaa is December 26 to January 1, 2018.

And this year the SPCA is adding a new feature. It is called “The Cuddle Experience.” If you really need some time to de-stress, and you can spare 10 minutes and a $10 donation, go to the 6th floor of Macy’s on O’Farrell (called Holiday Lane) weekdays from 11 am to 1 pm or 5 pm to 7 pm or weekends from 10 am to 12 pm or 4 pm to 6 pm, to cuddle a real puppy or a kitten. All of the animals are up for adoption, but you can just cuddle with them and continue your shopping.

San Francisco has a history of expressing compassion. Make sure the tissues are close by.

Happy shopping,