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The official shelter of the city - Wake County Animal Shelter - has been serving Raleigh for decades. Averaging at least 10,000 animals rescued each year, Wake County Animal Shelter has their work cut out for them! They keep a very thorough and transparent monthly reporting system to keep the community informed about all of the ongoings in the shelter, including euthanasia rates and partnerships with other rescues. WACS works hard to prevent overpopulation with their trap-neuter-return program and hopes to one day see a Richmond with no pet homelessness.

SPCA Wake County is the largest no-kill shelter serving the Raleigh metro area, saving an average of several thousand animals each year. WCASPCA is heavily engaged with the community, hosting kids camps, pet loss grief support groups, and even behavior consultations! Their volunteer base is over an impressive one thousand strong and growing! With the help of their dedicated volunteers, they are able to maintain their AniMeals program, which delivers pet food to seniors with very limited mobility.

The oldest no-kill shelter in Wake County, Second Chances, is a rescue founded as a gap service provider by two passionate veterinary students. They focus primarily on dogs with a particularly high risk of unnecessary euthanasia, providing shelter and additional veterinary services. So if you are looking to support a grassroots non-profit, look no further than Second Chances! As they continue as a vibrant cornerstone of their community, so does their need for donations big and small. 

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Raleigh

  • Admission $15.00
    Month October
    Duration 1PM-5PM

    #1 Barktoberfest

    Ever find yourself at the bar and think about what your dog is doing right at that very moment? Well, now you can bring him or her along for the fun! Barktoberfest at Cornerstone Tavern has drink specials for the humans and goodie bags for the pups.  For just $15, come get your photo with Fido taken at Barktoberfest.  Its bound to be a pupperific time!

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month October
    Duration 2PM-6PM

    #2 Down By the Tracks

    A local favorite, Down By the Tracks is a huge fundraising event for Wake County SPCA at Seaboard Station, rain or shine. Free beer is included with $10 adult admission or just pay $5 admission if you're not planning on drinking. Children 12 and under free! There will be a silent auction, live music, doggie pools, food vendors, a photo booth for you and your dog, a best-dressed dog contest, a dog agility course, chair massages and more. Kids and leashed dogs are welcome!
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  • Admission $45.00
    Month November
    Duration 8AM-3PM

    #3 Santa Paws 5K

    Start your New Year's resolution to get healthy early this year! In benefit of Wake County SCPA, this certified 5K race rings in the holiday season. There are several different routes to run and dogs of all sizes and abilities are welcome to come along for a registration fee of $45. Run on a team or as an individual and help WCASCPA meet their $100,000 goal! You'll feel great knowing what a great cause you are supporting, and your pooch will love getting outdoors with other doggos.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 8AM-2AM, Yearround

    #4 City Market

    The Historic City Market was established in 1914 as the region's farmers market all the way through 1957. In 1988, the market became home to charming restaurants, kitschy art galleries, boutiques and gift shops. You'll love shopping along City Market's stone streets and dining Italian, Greek, Indian, and so on at one of the many restaurants. City Market is the perfect spot for a slow-moving weekend afternoon with your favorite mutt!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month April
    Duration 11AM-2PM

    #5 Raleigh Farmer's Market

    Running through April until October, Raleigh Farmer's Market is the spot to pick up anything fresh and organic that your heart desires. There are cheesemongers, butchers, various local farm stands, dog treat bakeries, and so much more! Dogs are welcome to come along but do not forget your reusable bag (and a bag you can throw away for any surprises Fido leaves behind).
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