SPCA Wake Partners with City Market for Downtown Extravaganza

Annual Spring Event Benefits Homeless Pets with a Focus on Downtown

Kim JaSPCA Dog Walk, Raleigh, City Marketnzen, executive director of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Wake County, announces today the 2014 SPCA K9-3K Dog Walk at City Market will be held on Saturday, April 19, 2014.


The SPCA is partnering with City Market to host a daylong, family-friendly, dog-friendly event across two city blocks. The event will feature kid-friendly activities, live music and food from City Market vendors, as well as other businesses throughout downtown and across Wake County. Over 4,000 people and their pets are expected to turn out to participate in the K9-3K Dog Walk and to patronize these companies that support the SPCA.


“We are thrilled at this partnership,” says Janzen. “We’ve been celebrating the K9-3K Dog Walk downtown for years, and we can’t think of a better way to highlight our efforts to care for the animals in our community than to open the doors even wider to the downtown community,”


City Market is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. First opened on October 1, 1914, City Market first functioned as a farmer’s market until the 1950s when it was purchased by a private owner. In 1980, City Market was recognized by the National Register of Historic Places.  City Market now flourishes as a downtown collection of shops and eateries.


“City Market is excited to help host the K9-3K Dog Walk,” says Michael Hakan, owner of City Market. “We’ve always welcomed families and pets to stroll the historic cobblestone streets, so partnering with the SPCA on their biggest event of the year is a perfect fit!”


About the SPCA of Wake County

Founded in Raleigh in 1967, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Wake County is dedicated to creating a more humane community where every adoptable animal has a home. The mission of the SPCA is to protect, shelter and promote the adoption of homeless animals; to provide education about responsible pet ownership and to reduce pet overpopulation through spay/neuter programs.   Each year the SPCA rehomes over 3,000 animals through its innovative adoption programs and lost and found efforts! 


The SPCA is an autonomous organization and is not affiliated with or supported by any other SPCAs including the ASPCA. The SPCA of Wake County is a private, non-profit organization that serves the pets and people of the Wake County community.  For more information, please visit www.spcawake.org.


About City Market

City Market opened in 1914, first used as a farmer’s market until the 1950s. In 1980 the Raleigh City Council initiated a study that led to the Market being recognized by the National Register of Historic Places.  In the 1990s, Joe Hakan and his son, Michael, purchased and upgraded the downtown collection of shops and eateries, making City Market a downtown destination. For more information, please visit www.citymarketraleigh.com.