christmas-cats.jpgAdoptable puppies and kittens are expected to draw crowds at storefront window displays being unveiled today to kick off the holiday season at the downtown San Francisco Macy’s.

Former Mayor Willie Brown will join San Francisco SPCA officials at 5 p.m. to pull back the curtains at the 26th annual window displays outside the department store at Stockton and O’Farrell streets.

More than 325 animals found homes and the adoption center raised nearly $80,000 during last year’s holiday season, organizers said.

To see a preview of the different cats and dogs up for adoption each day at the Macy’s windows, check the SPCA website at, SPCA spokeswoman Krista Maloney said.

The SPCA is still looking for volunteers to take on two-hour shifts greeting people on the street, accepting donations and directing interested families to adoption officials, Maloney said.

Those interested in signing up can visit

For those dissuaded by the large crowds but who still want a glimpse of the cuddly creatures up for adoption, a daily livestream of the window displays will also be available for viewing on the SPCA website.

The windows will remain open with pets up for adoption until Jan. 1, 2013.

For those who can’t make it to Macy’s to look at the animals, the SPCA will be waiving adoption fees on adult animals at the main adoption center at 250 Florida St. through New Year’s Day.

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

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