About Us

Faye Nowell, Owner/Proprietor

Faye is a Columbia native, and has always loved dogs. Over the years she has served as guardian to a variety of dogs, fostered many others, and has helped local shelters find forever homes for canines in need. She volunteered with the Central Missouri Humane Society for many years, and served on their Board of Directors. Currently she is active with No Kill Columbia – The Spay Neuter Project, which offers low cost high, quality spay and neuter services in the mid-Missouri area.

With a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation & Park Administration from the University of Missouri, Faye practiced for over 13 years as a Recreational Therapist at local hospitals and social service agencies. In the late 90’s, she answered an ad for a woman wanting a dog sitter on the days she worked long hours. The job was fun for both Faye and the dog. After doing some research on doggie day care facilities around the country, Faye realized Columbia might be big enough for a doggy day care business to thrive. Once she found the perfect piece of land, she opened South Paw Acres in August of 2001. She has been pampering lucky dogs ever since.

Additional SPA Staff

Zoe and Robin also help to make your dog’s stay at South Paw Acres a fun and pleasant one!

A Few Words From Our Clients

Diane D.  & “Henry”

" All that counts is that my golden retriever LOVES going to SPA. He can't wait to get out of the vehicle and get in the gate to see all of his canine crew. That's a FIVE PAW mark of service excellence! "

-- Diane D. & “Henry”
Abby C. & “Max” & “Minnie”

" SPA is a place I can trust - you don’t know what a huge weight off my shoulders it was to have found you! "

-- Abby C. & “Max” & “Minnie”
Megan T.

" South Paw is the only place I trust to care for my little one, they're the best! "

-- Megan T.
Caleb C.

" South Paw Acres is second to none. Highly recommend! "

-- Caleb C.