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April 15, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT


Are you interested in doing more for the welfare of animals? Donating money or pet-related goods to earn tickets for a basket raffle? Learning more about local pet vendors and animal rescues? Or just hungry for food trucks? Look no further! On April 15th, from 1pm to 4pm, Ohio Wesleyan University’s JAYwalk will transform into a PET-tastic event called POOCHELLA!

This event will is nothing short of exciting: with Animal Ambassadors from local animal centers, informational speakers representing animal service organizations, local food trucks, adoptable pets, a basket raffle with prizes from local companies, and Delaware community music who are all joining in on the fun! The event will include space for bring-your-own picnic blankets and camping chairs for front-row seats to the PAW-some fun! So be sure to bring yourself, your friends/family, and FUR-ever friends. This is a pet-friendly outdoor event for friendly pets, we appreciate consideration for human and pet safety, thank you!

OWU’s Pet Pals and Pre-Vet clubs are working with Ohio Pet Charities to organize this ulti-MUTT event! Ohio Pet Charities is a local non-profit organization advocating for the well-being of pets, connecting with organizations to provide education and resources to pet owners. They organize and facilitate FUR-bulous events for pets and pet owners such as Barktoberfest, Honda & Hounds, Mistletoe & Mutts, and so much more!

Ticket Cost: No cost to enter the event, however donations to purchase tickets for basket raffle are encouraged!

About the even

Pet rescues, pet vendors, veterinarians, food trucks, beer garden, live music & fun activities! Learn about opportunities within the veterinary field in discussions with veterinarians and their teams.


Event: COVE (Central Ohio Veterinary Emergency)

Pet Donation Station: Hollywood Feed

Pet Photography Booth: Delaware Northwest Veterinary Clinic

Beer Garden: 1487 Brewery

Food trucks

Triple P BBQ

Kona Ice of Delaware/Marysville


1487 Brewery German Street Food


Hollywood Feed

Humane Society of Delaware County

Kelsie’s K-9 Creations

First Mate Pet Foods

Pet Cremation Services

Motive Wellness

Lowry Brothers CNC Customs

Wag Swag

The Buckeye Lady

Primal Pet Foods

James Hatfield Illustrations

Pet Wants Columbus Metro

Central Ohio Muttesori School

Healthy Pup Stuff

Jess Trains Dogs

Fur The Love of Dog!

Forever Friends Pet Cremation & Memorialization


COVE (Central Ohio Veterinary Emergency)

Delaware Northwest Veterinary Clinic

Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine – Spectrum of Care Research

Peaceful Pets In-home euthanasia

Pet Health Plus Veterinary Hospital


Free Microchipping – COVE and Pet FBI will be offering free microchipping and registration to the first 25 dog owners that request it. Pet FBI can also scan your existing microchip and offer advice on registration. If your dog is fearful a regular veterinarian visit will be recommended.

Hollywood Feed Pet Donation Station – Poochella will feature a Pet Donation Station where attendees can drop off donations for the rescues.  Items include food: canned, kibble, freeze dried, or air dried, treats, towels, blankets, cleaning supplies, bleach, poo bags, pet beds, pet crates, etc.

Ohio Wildlife Center – will have Ambassador animals on display at Poochella, a wonderful activity for both kids and parents.  Volunteers will hold your pet at a respectful distance away from the ambassador animals so you can enjoy the experience.

Ohio Bird Sanctuary – will have Ambassador raptor presentations.

Live Music – Performances from the Lucky Penny Sisters will be a great way to enjoy your food and beverages during the event.

How to ‘Build a Better Bowl’ with Pathogen-Free Fresh Food Products with Emma Kumbier, Veterinary Outreach, Primal Pet Foods

  • Emma is in charge of Primal’s veterinary communication, education, and  outreach. Her time at Primal is spent attending veterinary conferences  educating on the industry/brand, leading Lunch & Learn sessions for  clinics and universities, as well as facilitating  our outreach opportunities. She began her career with Primal in 2018  after obtaining her BS in Zoology and fulfilling the pre-veterinary  requirements. In college she worked in practice as a veterinary  assistant for 5 years in addition to her part time role  at the independent pet shop down the road from the clinic. It was a mix  of the two simultaneous jobs that sparked her interest in feeding dogs  & cats real, whole foods and what it may do for their overall  health.

How to Build a Better Bowl presentation:

  • As interest in adding fresh food to their pet’s bowl continues to rise,  learn Primal’s role in leading the fresh food category. Uncover the vast  array of products under Primal’s umbrella – complete frozen &  freeze dried diets, fresh food & meat based toppers,  bone broth, goat’s milk, and *new* gently cooked options.   Discover supportive research while learning about Primal’s approach to  balanced diets and commitment to food safety.
  • 30-45mins + time for Q&A

Nature is Cool Kid’s Interactive Hands-on Activities:

The kid’s area will feature parts of the OWU museum’s  natural history specimen collection.

  • This will include animal  furs to touch and identify
  • A microscope to look at various bugs
  • Skulls/bones of various species, and some native Ohio specimens to look  at and learn about
  • The table will be interactive and educational

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