Inaugural ‘Nalapalooza’ set to help dogs in need

An event to help dog owners who need assistance to pay for their pet’s medical expenses will come to Columbus’ Mill Race Park next month.

The first Nalapalooza is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the downtown park at 50 Carl Miske Drive. The event will include a poker run with prizes, food trucks, free dog microchipping, dog coursing and agility demonstrations, activities for children and more.

Multiple vendors and sponsors also are expected at the event, proceeds from which will benefit the Nala Fund, which provides funding of medical care for dogs with owners in need.

More information about the event is available at Those who register for the event’s poker run with a $10 entry fee by Oct. 5 can receive a free T-shirt. The event is free. 100% of poker run entries and and proceeds from a portion of food sales will benefit the Nala Fund.

The Nala Fund was established in November 2020 through the Heritage Fund of Bartholomew County to help owners of dogs who need medical care. Dog owners, dog foster families and shelters may apply for assistance, and funds will be paid directly to veterinarian’s offices.

In emergency cases where an owner has already paid and is experiencing financial hardship, applications for reimbursement within one month of the procedure will be considered.