Nala Fund event planned at Mill Race Park

Staff Reports

The Nala Fund, which helps local vets provide dogs with needed medical care when their owners can’t afford it, will have a fundraising event Saturday at Mill Race Park.

The Nala 5K will be at 3 p.m. with all proceeds going to the fund, with a $25 registration fee and an opportunity for additional donations. Online registration is available at

Prior to the 5K, beginning at 1 p.m., there will be free dog chip ID service courtesy of the Bartholomew County Humane Society and The Nala Fund.

A dog coursing demonstration will be offered by Guardian K9 and there will be booths, food and activities for families.

At 2:45 p.m., a kid’s fun run is planned followed by the 5K.

There will be a raffle drawing and race awards at the end of the event, with each participant receiving one free raffle ticket with each race entry. Age group winners receive a $10 in-store credit from White River Running Co. in Columbus.

The event is part of a senior project being coordinated by Naricyn Andis of Columbus Signature Academy — New Tech.

The Nala Fund was established in October 2020 through the Heritage Fund — The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County after the sudden loss of Nala by her family. Angie May, who leads AEI in Columbus, said the dog was the May family’s first dog and also the company AEI dog, who went to work every day and “brought daily smiles to many with her unique personality and is greatly missed.”

Those needing assistance for medical help for a dog that they are unable to provide should contact the Humane Society at 812-372-6063 or email [email protected] to make an application with The Nala Fund.

Payments are made directly to the veterinary office. For more information on how to help The Nala Fund, call 812-372-6063.