Holiday Windows Are Grumpier Than Ever

2013.12.02 141In the SF Bay Area? The San Francisco SPCA is once again teaming up with Macy’s for Holiday Windows, the annual event where adoptable cats and dogs are showcased in Macy’s windows in Union Square. This year the Windows will be unveiled by Grumpy Cat, who will be available for photo opportunities! It all starts tonight at 5pm. (PT.)

The 2013 Holiday Windows event was record breaking, both in terms of adoptions and donations. A total of 343 animals found new homes, and more than $100,000 was raised to support the SF SPCA’s year-round life saving programs and services! The 2014 Holiday Windows run tonight through January 4th…here’s a schedule.

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If You Go™ + Deets:

*Addy: Corner of Stockton and O’Farrell. (Map.)
*Time: Unveiling ceremony at 5pm: GC at 6pm.
*On-site adoption costs: Adult cats – $50; Kittens – one or two for $125; Adult dogs – $100; Puppies – $250* (-50% for adopters who’ve attended one of the free Puppy Parent Orientation classes.)
*Live video streams will begin after the ceremony- see the bottom of this page.
* Wanna volunteer? Click it! (Or call 415-522-3523.)
* During the holidays, the SF SPCA will be waiving the adoption fees for all animals adopted at its permanent shelter locations in the Mission and Pacific Heights. Hours and locations are here.

*Holiday Windows photos by Rob Schroeder.

Meet Your Gobbling Guests Of Honor…

IMG_5543….at tomorrow morning’s fourth annual Heartland Farm Sanctuary “Thanksgiving For The Turkeys” in Madison, WI. They’re the GUESTS, NOT the main course- and YOU can join them! These Gobbler Guys get a Bountiful Thanksgiving Feast of cranberries, pumpkin pie, and stuffed squash.
(BTW, nice beak Nose up above, big guy.)

You’re also welcome to bring treats for the turkeys (and they promise to share with the other sanctuary critters!)

Your farm animal friends love apples, grapes, cooked or canned pumpkin, kale, zucchini and other dark leafy greens, yellow squash, broccoli, cauliflower, any kind of melon, bananas, and peanut butter! (IE, leave the Kentucky Fried Chicken at home, thanks.)

In the Madison area and interested in attending? (See the If You Go™ deets below.)


Thanks to Shelby D.; Photos by Sarah K. of Heartland Farm Sanctuary.

If You Go™:

*Date: Tomorrow! Saturday, November 22.
*Time: 10am check-in…..10:30am Turkey Feeding Ceremony…..11:30-1 Barn Tours. All times Central.
*Cost: $25/person w. personal turkey sponsorship; $15/person w/o sponsorship; $10/6 and under.
*Addy: 7713 Midtown Road, Verona, WI.

Google Hangout With Pup #681

Pup 681 was the furry star of a Google Hangout along with guests from the Shedd Aquarium and Monterey Bay Aquarium. If you missed the 10a-10:30a PT live stream, here’s a replay below! (Just click the > thing, it’ll work.) #PupHangout.

Want more 681? In the video below, she’s having a major amount of fun in the pool, getting treats and playing with her basketball and toy lobster. And then a nice fuzzy rubdown afterwards. Dear Shedd Aquarium, would you hire me to do this? I don’t have any formal training. But I’m willing to learn. Today.


All Hail The New (Dog) Mayor Of San Francisco!

FUR_2302-X3This is Frida! And for today, she is the reigning Dog Mayor of the City of San Francisco!

Winner of an SFACC Gala Auction item last month, Frida will hold “Court” today as Dog Mayor for a Day, and you’re invited to meet her at a reception in the park across from SF City Hall at 4:00 pm. (PT.) In the area? Drop by and show your support!

Dean C. adopted Frida several years ago and has been advocating for ResQte Dogs through the For the Love of Dog USA cause.

Frida is active in the SF community—she’s in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in SF (adopt a rescue contingent.) Frida also participates in the SF Chihuahua Meet Up Group that convenes the first Sunday of every month at Stern Grove Dog Park.

Frida’s a mother of two who enjoys chicken with rice, long walks, cuddling, and kisses. She would like to send the message that ResQte Dogs make great pets! [*Amen. -Ed.]

All photos by The Furrtographer.

Caturday: Say Hi To Cindi

001Whoever said you can have too many Cat features on #Caturday? No one did, that’s who. Which is why this hour brings us the terrific kitteh, Cindi. Diane B. tells us, “She has such beautiful markings! Because she’s so stinking Cute, it’s a little easier to put up with her ornery-ness!”

“I got her from the local animal shelter. I don’t normally check their website (too many temptations) but I logged in and saw her photo and I was hooked. I’m a sucker for Calicos. I figured it must be fate and didn’t hesitate to adopt her!!”


Save Those Gibbons, Darn It!

unnamedIntrepid Cuteporter KB took these great photos and writes: “These photos were taken Wednesday at the Gibbon Conservation Center in Santa Clarita, CA. They house the rarest group of apes in the Americas, currently 43 gibbons all are on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species list with one species listed as critically endangered. They educate the public about Gibbons and the threats to their survival, and the actions the public can take to protect them.”

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“They advise and assist rescue centers, zoos and veterinary universities all over the world about gibbons. They also support field conservation projects in the countries Gibbons call home – Southeast Asia, South China, Bangladesh, and Northeast India.”

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“It’s all about saving the Gibbons! Swinging from tree to tree, Gibbons are often described as acrobats of the rain forests.

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Stop! In The Name Of Toesday!

Goliath (5)Thees one just cannot wait ’til ResQte Of The Week. ‘Sides, lookit those BEANS! Tell us about him, Leslie R. “Hi! Goliath is a 6 week old kitten. He was discovered under a woodpile when he was 3 weeks old and in need of some veterinary help,” she reports.

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“He is being fostered with SCAT Street Cat Rescue in Saskatoon, SK., and he will available for adoption in about 2 weeks when he’s a little bigger!”

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We. Need. Warmth.

unnamed (7)A warm bed for every bebbeh! Wouldn’t that be a TERRIFIC thing? (Everyone nods their heads approvingly.)

Q: How do you save an orphaned bebbeh animal? A: Keep them warm!

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The non-profit site Baby just launched to donate incubators to volunteer homecare wildlife rehabbers who save orphaned bebeh animals in every community across the country.

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Bebeh Beavers, Otters, Sqwerls, Birds, ‘Munks, Buns, Possies, Skunklets, Ducklings, and more.

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If they don’t have a mom to keep them warm, an incubator is the next best place to rest their adorbs little noggins…

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…so they can grow up healthy and strong…and make it back to the wild where they belong.

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Baby Warm raises money for incubators- that’s all. Each incubator will be used for 10-12 years to keep hundreds of babies warm and healthy.

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You can see on the site that there are 12 rehabbers listed at any given time and you can see what kind of animals they care for, read their story, and pick one to help out and chip in toward their incubator.


Swamp Wallaby Action Down Undah! (2.0)

enhanced-buzz-wide-10436-1415313004-14Got an email from Andrew Y. with this story- and it got me to thinking- “Hmmm, Swamp..Wallaby..Joeys. Didn’t we do this?” Well, we did, back in June!

This is a BRAND NEW SET!!

Say hi to Khaleesi and Alkira, two little orphaned dudes.

They arrived at the Taronga Zoo after being rescued from the side of the road.

According to BuzzFeed, “Khaleesi is already super confident, hopping ‘quick bound around the bedroom at 3 a.m.’ Little Alkira’s name means ‘sunshine.'”


Ear Floof ALONE Puts This One Over The Top

39mUV8g“Boyfriend and I adopted this runty rescue kitten. She purrs like a jackhammer and farts like a man.” -Airwrecka1789 on Reddit.


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