San Francisco Cat News Roundup

San Francisco's board of supervisors voted unanimously to ban the sale of puppies and kittens in pet stores. People can still purchase from responsible breeders or adopt from a rescue group. District 4 Supervisor Katy Tang explains in the SF Examiner that "the ordinance is designed to bring attention to and halt the inhumane and deceptive practices of large-scale breeding operations that supply animals to pet stores and directly to consumers online." Way to go, San Francisco!

The Pet Food Express on Market Street just adopted out its 900th cat! The adoption center inside the store was first opened six years ago by San Francisco Animal Care & Control. Over in Walnut Creek, the Pet Food Express there is also celebrating its 1,500th cat adoption thanks to their partnership with the Contra Costa County Animal Services. Michael Levy, president and founder of Pet Food Express, told Pet Age that the idea of putting adoption centers inside his stores started when he discovered how hard it was for shelter pets to find good homes.

According to Bay City News, Oakland's cat café and adoption center received a $162,500 grant from Maddie's Fund. The plan is to use the money to expand so as many as 30 to 40 cats can be housed on site. Cat Town Café works closely with the Oakland animal shelter, giving their skittish and stressed cats a place to feel safe and be themselves. They currently adopt out an average of 3 to 5 cats a week.

A recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle listed several new words that had been added to Oxford Dictionaries. Of particular interest is the following definition: Cat lady. Noun. An older woman who lives alone with a large number of cats, to which she is thought to be obsessively devoted.

Cat Holiday Events in San Francisco

Happy "Paw"lidays to you and your four-legged family! We've rounded up a bunch of festive San Francisco events for cats and/or cat lovers.

Macy’s Cats and Dogs Holiday Windows

November 18, 2016 - January 1, 2017
Macy's Union Square, 170 O'Farrell St
Press your nose up against Macy’s Holiday Windows featuring adoptable animals from the San Francisco SPCA this holiday season. Take home your own bundle of joy from the SF SPCA adoption pop-up on Macy’s Main Floor. Please note that animals are not kept in the Windows overnight. [More Info]

12 Days of Kittens Holiday Party

November 28, 2016 – December 9, 2016
9:30am - 5:00pm
Supervisor Katy Tang’s Office, SF City Hall, Room 264, 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl.
For the 4th year, Sup. Tang is welcoming ACC adoptable cats to her office at SF City Hall (aka “Kitty Hall” to encourage adoption, and spread cat joy and awareness about ACC shelter services. Visit her office for a kitten fix through Dec. 9, 9:30-5:00pm  and enter a raffle to win a cat-themed goodie basket filled with Greenies, catnip, toys, and more! [More Info]

Kitten Cuddle Experience

December 1, 2016 - January 1, 2017
Noon - 2pm & 5pm - 7pm
Macy's Union Square, 170 O'Farrell Street
Do not miss the one and only Cuddle Experience, brought to you by Tidy Cats® and the SF SPCA. Step inside the Cuddle Experience and let the holiday madness melt away! Each cuddle session is 10 minutes with a $20 donation. [More Info]

Santa Paws at the SF SPCA

December 3, 2016
11am - 2pm
SF SPCA Pacific Heights Campus, 2343 Fillmore Street
Santa Paws is coming to the SF SPCA Pacific Heights campus! Bring the entire family, including the four-legged furry ones, to get your holiday photo with Santa while helping out a good cause. Suggested donation $25. Digital photo provided on a keepsake flash drive. No RSVP or reservation required. [More Info]

PetSmart Pets with Santa

December 10, 2016 - December 11, 2016
12pm - 4pm
PetSmart, 315 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA (and other locations)
Back by popular demand! Join us in store & get a FREE photo of your pet with Santa! Stop by your local PetSmart on Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11 between 12-4pm (local time) to celebrate with Santa. [More Info]

Thursday Mewvie Nights

December 15, 2016: "Scrooged"
December 29, 2016: "When Harry Met Sally"
Starting 7:30pm
KitTea Cat Cafe, 96 Gough St
Hang out with cuddly cats while watching a holiday movie. KitTea Cat Cafe organizes a mewvie night on select Thursdays throughout the year. $26 includes tea, dessert, and all-you-can cuddles with 10+ adoptable cats. [More Info]