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Best Dog Boarders
in Columbia

Why These Dog Boarders?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored dog boarders on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best dog boarders in Columbia, MO.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

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About Paws Pet Salon

Founded in 2009, About Paws Pet Salon is a Columbia grooming business with available pet overnight boarding services. Dogs weighing up to 30 pounds and cats can stay overnight, and they participate in the salon’s day spa activities. Dogs have access to green space for going on walks. Many About Paws Pet Salon staff members completed animal science degrees, and all participate in continuing education.

Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 268-0678


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All Creatures Animal Hospital

All Creatures Animal Hospital is a Columbia veterinary clinic with available pet boarding services. Kennel staff members feed residing dogs and cats Science Diet or their regular food if provided from home. Dogs get exercise outside at least twice a day, at which time their kennels and runs are cleaned and disinfected. Boarding spaces have rubber platforms and healthy HVAC airflow. The medical care, boarding, and grooming facility opened in 1983.

Columbia, MO 65202 (573) 875-0907


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All Dogs-N-Cats Grooming

All Dogs-N-Cats Grooming is a locally owned Columbia pet care facility that provides overnight and day boarding for dogs and cats. Boarding amenities include separate spaces for dogs and cats, a security motion detector system, always-available fresh water, and kennels that get cleaned and disinfected daily. The grooming and boarding business serves show dogs and family pets.

Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 874-2364


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Ann Gafke’s Teacher’s Pet

Ann Gafke’s Teacher’s Pet is a dog training facility with boarding services in Columbia. Dogs in Boarding School stay day and night for one month while participating in training. Boarding services separate from the training program are available to dogs of families who have previously or currently enrolled in training classes or are building members. The kennel features indoor/outdoor runs in a country setting, from which boarding dogs can go in and out at will. They also have access to larger fenced exercise areas.

Columbia, MO 65202 (573) 443-0716


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Columbia Pet Hospital

A family owned animal care facility, Columbia Pet Hospital has been serving local pet owners since 1958. Staff members are all loving pet owners, and the veterinary clinic provides boarding and grooming services as well as medical care. Dogs and cats board in climate-controlled, clean, indoor/outdoor kennels. Pets receive daily exercise and loving care, and their owners can schedule health services such as dental work, vaccinations, and fecal tests during boarding.

Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 443-7274


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Countryside Pet Retreat LLC

Countryside Pet Retreat LLC, founded in 2010, is a pet boarding facility on a 40 acre Mid-Missouri farm between Columbia and Fulton. The staff provides affordable, safe, and comfortable services for cats and dogs. Boarding pets receive a lot of personal attention, including administration of medication. Dogs go outside at least four times a day. The farm has resident dogs, including three registered therapy dogs, cats, horses, a standard donkey, miniature donkeys, and cows.

Fulton, MO 65251 (573) 642-8561


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Creekside Pet Center

Both the husband and wife owners of Creekside Pet Center, a Columbia dog and cat boarding and daycare facility, have degrees in animal science. Their professional backgrounds include work as a zookeeper and vet tech. Dog boarding at Creekside Pet Center includes three room choices, including a homelike space with tile floors, plush beds, webcam, and a TV. All individual dog rooms have outdoor access and soothing music.

Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 256-7387


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Dog Daze Play Care

Pet care staff at Dog Daze Play Care in Columbia treat dog visitors like family. Overnight boarding in private spaces is available for social dogs who pass an evaluation process and have attended daycare at least twice, with a preference for regular attendees. The small facility has climate-controlled, supervised indoor play areas for all types of dogs to interact, play, and exercise, including special rooms for older and small dogs. The owner of Dog Daze Play Care is an AKC and AHBA Herding judge. Other staff members include Mizzou Animal Science grads. Flexible rates are available.

Columbia, MO 65202 (573) 999-5077


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Honey Creek Pet Resort

Located in Jefferson City, 30 miles from Columbia, Honey Creek Pet Resort has been providing a friendly, fun, safe, and clean place to board dogs and cats since 1989. The facility’s wife and husband owners live on site. One is a Certified Pet Care Technician, who also maintains certification in dog training and Pet CPR & First Aid and serves as an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. Honey Creek Pet Resort is licensed and inspected annually as part of the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s ACFA Program and is an IBPSA member.

Jefferson City, MO 65101 (573) 496-3138


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Horton Animal Hospital Central

Horton Animal Hospital Central provides cat and dog boarding services in Columbia as well as medical care. Boarding dogs get exercise outside at least twice a day and special needs pets, such as diabetic or epileptic dogs, are welcome. The staff feeds pets Science Diet or their regular food if supplied. They will also administer supplied medication for a nominal fee. All Horton Central employees are pet owners and the clinic's owner, a Mizzou DVM, hosts a local pet radio show.

Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 445-4466


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Horton Animal Hospital Northeast

Columbia dog boarding services at Horton Animal Hospital Northeast include outside exercise twice a day, with the option of extra playtime for additional fees. The boarding facility can accommodate a variety of animal species for any length of time, depending on available space. All Horton Northeast staff members are pet owners, and many also have farm animals. The animal care crew includes several Mizzou grads and animal science students who take care of boarding pets.

Columbia, MO 65202 (573) 474-9508


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Peach Tree Animal Hospital

Peach Tree Animal Hospital is a Columbia, MO pet care facility founded in 2006. The veterinary hospital provides medical and surgical services, plus cat and dog boarding. Columbia pets can also enjoy bathing and nail trimming services. Pets receive care in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere staffed by veterinary assistants, techs, and doctors who all have their own pets.

Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 442-3353


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Pet Center, Ltd.

Pet Center, Ltd., is a Columbia animal health care center with boarding facilities. Dogs board in Shoreline stainless steel kennels of multiple sizes, each with an attached run. The indoor area is climate controlled and extra ventilated. Pet Center staff members walk dogs two times a day, or more frequently for additional fees. They provide Science Diet food or give pets their usual food from home. In the case of emergency medical needs, a Pet Center employee will contact the pet’s owner or their vet, and when appropriate will provide treatment at the facility’s veterinary clinic.

Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 445-3000


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Rock Bridge Animal Hospital

Rock Bridge Animal Hospital hosts a kennel for boarding cats and dogs in Columbia. The companion animal hospital specializes in low-stress pet care. Boarding areas, separate for dogs and cats, use Adaptil and Feliway infusers to create a calm environment. All indoor spaces are temperature controlled and have large windows. Dogs stay in large kennels with runs and go outside three times a day. The staff provides Science Diet food or each pet’s regular diet if brought from home.

Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 443-4501


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Rolling Hills Veterinary Hospital

The staff at Rolling Hills Veterinary Hospital serves Columbia and Boone County community pets and people. The clinic provides boarding services for overnight, daycare, or extended stays. Friendly and caring staff create a safe and comfortable place for dogs, who are let outside in two large, fenced-in yards at least five times a day. Boarding pet owners can add daycare service to help socialize dogs and prevent anxiety, aggression, and pent-up energy.

Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 449-7387


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South Paws Acres

South Paws Acres is an interactive dog boarding and daycare facility with a fenced grass yard, pond for swimming, and shade trees on one-and-a-half acres in Columbia. Overnight boarding with daycare services includes hands-on attention, socialization with other dogs, and exercise. Indoor areas are climate-controlled and have soft beds, cool rubber flooring, soothing music, and closed circuit camera monitoring. The owner of South Paws Acres, a Columbia native, has held leadership positions with the Central Missouri Humane Society.

Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 446-2733


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The Pet Fair

The Pet Fair is a Columbia pet boarding facility and grooming spa. Boarding dogs and cats receive personal attention and active playtimes, with access to individual outdoor runs and a backyard play pen for dogs. Each pet boards in a private, spacious suite with a comfy bed, toys, a TV, and a pet resort concierge closeby. The Pet Fair has been serving pets and people in the Mid-Missouri area since 1973.

Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 953-3717


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