SPA Application Process

All dogs are screened in a personal interview at South Paw Acres with their owner prior to bookings. Below are some basic criteria to consider before requesting an interview:

Is Your Dog

  • Four months old or older?
  • Spayed or neutered?
  • Current on all vaccinations?
  • Social with other dogs and people?
  • Free of excessive anxiety?
  • Non-aggressive about toys or food?
  • Free of parasites / in overall good health?
  • Comfortable around strangers?
  • Non-anxious when left alone?
  • Micro-chipped? (recommended)*

The SPA Interview

To ensure that every dog admitted to South Paw Acres has a fun, friendly, and healthy experience, we require each dog to go through an application and interview process.

To be admitted into the South Paw Acres program, please do the following:

Fill out the Enrollment Application online. Print the Boarding and Daycare Agreement, fill it out, and bring it with you to your scheduled interview.

  1. Enrollment Application
  2. Boarding and Daycare Agreement

Vaccination Records

All dogs must be current on vaccinations required by the City of Columbia, and show proof of administration with expiration dates at the time of the interview. Inoculations must be administered at least 7 days prior to boarding to be fully effective.

Required Vaccinations:  • Rabies  •  Distemper (DHLPP)  •  Bordatella (Kennel Cough)  • Negative Fecal Float Report

In addition, all dogs must be on a flea & tick preventative and be free of parasites to participate at SPA.

There is a $12 interview fee per family

Interviews are given by appointment only. Please call 573-446-ARFF (2733) or e-mail to schedule your appointment. Most interviews take about 1/2 hour. Once we have visited with you and your dog and reviewed the required paperwork, we will schedule another day for you to bring your pet to SPA for a full day of day care. This evaluation day is included in the price of the interview. We look forward to meeting you and your furry friend!

*All canine guests of South Paw Acres are requested to be micro-chipped, at the suggestion of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, for emergency identification purposes. If your dog(s) is not yet micro-chipped, please visit with your vet about having this service performed in the near future.