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Grand Rapids Downtown Market hosts adoptable pups for “Yappy Hour” events in July

This July, the Grand Rapids Downtown Market celebrates the “dog days of summer’ with a new canine-friendly event each Wednesday at lunchtime. Join fellow dog lovers at the Market for Yappy Hour, on July 10, 17, 24 and 31 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., to enjoy lunch outside with pups!

In partnership with the Humane Society of West Michigan, Michele’s Rescue, Harbor Humane Society, Noah Project and Bellowood, the Market is hosting puppy-filed lunch breaks for anyone having a “ruff” week. Guests can visit adoptable dogs in the Market Shed from each of the partnering organizations, and pair their lunch break with puppy snuggles.

Guests are also invited to bring their well-behaved canine companions to enjoy lunch under the Market Shed, where extra outdoor seating and a doggy play area, including pools, sprinklers and “pupsicles” will be available.

“We love dogs, and we wanted to create an event to encourage dog lovers to gather under our Market Shed and have some quality canine time on their lunch break,” said Amanda Gielczyk, VP of marketing and operations. “We hope some of the adoptable dogs find forever homes through this event as well.”