Pet Sitting and Boarding in Columbia

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How it works

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Skip the kennel

Sittings take place at your home and boardings take place at your pet caregiver's home.

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Flexible transportation

All pet caregivers offer pick-up and drop-off for boarding services.

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Live updates

Your pet caregiver will send photos and videos throughout the service in addition to a thorough report card.

What is Wag!?

Wag! is the nation's fastest-growing network of pre-screened and insured pet sitters and dog walkers. In less than 15 minutes you can book a nearby dog sitter, daycare provider, or dog walker, who'll take complete care of your loved one - at their place or yours.

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Darcy RColumbia, SC

5.0

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“Truly love all animals”

I grew up around all types/temperaments/sizes of dogs and have always had an affinity and love for all animals. I have my bachelors in Animal Science. My compassion in life is animals, especially dogs. I love getting to know a dog’s unique personality, their quirks and what makes them happy. I consider myself to be responsible, honest, respectful, and considerate. My dogs are my babies so I know how important your dogs are to you, and I always treat/love every dog I meet like my own babies!

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Can run with dogs, Oral medicine administration, Senior dog care, High energy dogs, Dogs who pull, Puppy care

Angela LColumbia, SC

5.0

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“It’s all about the DOGS and EXCEPTIONAL service!”

Hi! I’m Angela and thank you for choosing and trusting me to look after your pet and their needs. I’ll treat and care for your pet as it were my own. I’m known for my detailed report cards that I hope will make you feel like you were there and try to take save worthy photos of your pet. I have always had a passion for taking care of animals and have over 10 years experience in the veterinary field. I’ve served in the Military over 20 years and am pursuing my Masters Degree in Leadership.

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Can run with dogs, Oral medicine administration, Injected medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, High energy dogs, Fast walker, Dogs who pull, Puppy care

James CColumbia, SC

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Hi, My name is James. I truly enjoy the company of pets and I look forward to providing you peace of mind and the utmost in care for you and your four legged family members!

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Cherrell JColumbia, SC

4.9

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Well hello, my name is Cherrell, but you can call me Rell. I was born and raised in Columbia, SC, where I am known as the “Cat Lover,” but most of all an “Animal Lover”! I’ve gained my experience through childhood with my own pets, as well as the neighborhood pets. Everyone trusts me with their fur-baby because I believe animals deserve to be protected and loved as if they were human.

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Can run with dogs, Oral medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, High energy dogs, Fast walker, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Potty training, Therapy training, Puppy training

Rowan WColumbia, SC

4.9

(850)

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“Local dog lover”

I've been a dog lover for as long as I can remember. In the past I've worked and volunteered at dog shelters and also worked as a vet tech for a while. When you get right down to it, I've never met a dog I didn't love.

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Dog first aid and/or CPR, Can run with dogs, Oral medicine administration, Senior dog care, Fast walker, Dogs who pull, Training experience

Sarah EColumbia, SC

4.9

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“Let me be your pups play date when you can't!!”

I am an animal lover. I have a dog who is 17 years old. We've been together since she was 8 weeks old. When I had a 9 to 5 job, I always worried about her being home alone. Now that I'm a dog walker, I can spend time with my dog AND help other hoomans and their fur babies!! I treat every dog as if they were my own and make each walk an adventure for us both. I would love the opportunity to help you with your pets needs!!

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Dog first aid and/or CPR, Oral medicine administration, Injected medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, High energy dogs, Fast walker, Dogs who pull, Puppy care

Kristin SColumbia, SC

4.9

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Hello! My name is Kristin, and I am excited to give your dog the happiness he or she is looking forward to on every walk, stay, or check-in. I began walking, running, training, and pet sitting dogs for family and friends and have had professional clients now for ten years. My passion for animals has led me to become a Veterinary Technician, and I could not have chosen a more rewarding career. In my spare time I love taking my German Shepherds on hikes or walks near the lake and playing fetch.

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Beth HColumbia, SC

4.9

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Hi, I'm Beth and I can't wait to meet your dog! I love to hang out with my sister's dog Trixie, an awesome sweet rescue pup. I also spend quite a bit of time with my mother in law's dogs Max and Charlie, a smart Boston Terrier and sweet Scottish Terrier. We happily keep them at our place whenever she goes out of town.

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Anita KColumbia, SC

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Hello! My name is Anita Keene. I've grown up around dogs my entire life. I've been the proud owner of two dogs since I've been out on my own. My current dog is a Pekingese. I have a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education, however; 5 years ago our family moved to South Carolina and my preschool in Michigan is now managed by a director. I'm still the owner and manage the preschool, but the day to day stuff is her responsibility. I've got some free time on my hands and I love to walk (walk my dog everyday) and I love dogs. What a great opportunity it is to be a Wag Walker- combining both things I LOVE! Frequently, I've had the pleasure of taking care of family member's dogs while they've been away on trips. I'm excited for the chance to become friends with your dogs, as well!

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Martha VColumbia, SC

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“Help is on it’s way! Arf”

Hi! My name is Martha. My dog passed away last year and it broke my heart in pieces. I started caring for dogs when my children said that maybe it will fill a voId. I’ve been caring for dogs on a referral basis and now want to expand. I’m very athletic, so no problem with exercise. I’m patient and can adapt to most any situation. Also, I probably should have been a dog photographer because I will send you as many photos as you would like! I do look forward to meeting all of you!

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Can run with dogs, Oral medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, High energy dogs, Fast walker, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Training experience, Obedience training, Behavioral training, Socialization training, Potty training

Dog Boarding in Columbia

There are a number of animal welfare organizations in place in Columbia dedicated to serving the pets and people of the Midlands of South Carolina and addressing the pet overpopulation issue. Of these, PETSinc and Pawmetto Lifeline operate nonprofit shelters to rescue homeless animals and adopt them into permanent, loving homes. Together, these organizations strive to minimize euthanasia of healthy, adoptable pets and provide resources to strengthen the local community.

PETSinc, a no-kill animal rescue organization, was established in 1991 to serve the abandoned, distressed, abused, and stray animals throughout the Midlands region of South Carolina. Founded by Patricia McQueen and Jane Brundage as a volunteer-operated nonprofit, the organization expanded their staff and facilities to accommodate the rising demand for homeless animal refuge. Today, PETSinc operates a 10,000-square foot adoption center where they care for about 100 homeless animals at a time and offer a variety of services for Columbia's pet owners. This nonprofit places more than 3,200 animals each year into responsible forever homes and temporary foster homes. In addition to animal rescue, fostering, and adoption, PETSinc provides a low-cost spay/neuter clinic, responsible pet ownership programs, behavior training, and community outreach targeted at engaging and empowering the local community.

Founded in 1999 as Project Pet, Pawmetto Lifeline is another vital animal rescue organization providing humane care for homeless pets and serving as the conscience of compassion for South Carolina's Midlands community. Since their founding, the nonprofit has dedicated their efforts to the achievement of a no-kill community and has rescued more than 25,000 animals from being euthanized. Pawmetto Lifeline is committed to building a better humanity through education and outreach, instilling their values of respect, compassion, justice, courage, and collaboration. They offer programs for pets and people through four distinct initiatives: adoption, rescue collaboration, medical care, and education. 

Pawmetto Lifeline programs include low-cost spay/neuter and vaccine clinics, animal adoptions, a pet wellness program, educational sessions, a pet food bank, and more. They even collaborate with more than 175 rescue partners nationwide through their HEART program to help save pets scheduled for euthanasia. Their targeted approach embraces the animal-human bond to foster a healthier community where every pet has loving, permanent home.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events Columbia

Bark to the Park

48
Admission
$30.00

Month
April

Duration
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Bark to the Park

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Bark to the Park is a benefit walk and celebration to support Pawmetto Lifeline in caring for homeless pets. Every April, thousands of animal lovers come together in Columbia's beautiful Finlay Park for an exciting day of dogs, food, and fun! Registration for the 1.5-mile Fun Walk begins at 9 a.m. and the two and four-legged participants get their paws moving at 10 a.m. Walkers are encouraged to collect donations individually or as a team to benefit the animal welfare organization's lifesaving programs. Following the walk, the after paw-ty commences - a celebration teeming with canine activities, family-friendly fun, animal demonstrations, music, refreshments, special contests, performances by K-9s in Flight, and much more! Canine companions are cordially invited and encouraged to accompany you for a tail-waggin' good time!

Yappy Hour

36
Admission
FREE!

Duration
Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Yappy Hour

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Every Tuesday and Thursday, bring your canine companion down to Jake's Bar & Grill on Devine Street for Yappy Hour! While the restaurant is always dog-friendly, they are extra accommodating to furry friends during Yappy Hour! Dogs can accompany owners inside the bar or run free in the back deck and patio area with access to fresh water and tasty treats. There are even custom drink specials for pet owners! Bring along your playful pooch to mingle with fellow mutts while you sip a delightful brew. Just be mindful if you choose to order food- you'll have dozens of precious puppy dog eyes begging for a bite!

Bark in the Park Baseball Games

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Admission
$12.00

Duration
Varying times throughout the summer

Bark in the Park Baseball Games

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Take your furry friend out to the ball game! Both the Lexington County Blowfish, a summer collegiate team, and the Columbia Fireflies, a minor league team, host Bark in the Park baseball games that your dog can tag along for! The dog-friendly games take place throughout the summer with varying dates each year. For Blowfish games, dogs get in free with a paying human, while at dog-friendly Fireflies games, you can purchase a $12 pooch pass and sit in any of the outfield seating. The Lexington County Stadium games even feature a Pooch Parade during the third inning! Not every home game is dog-friendly, so be sure look for the designated Bark in the Park games!

Woofstock Music Festival

12
Admission
$10.00

Month
November

Duration
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Woofstock Music Festival

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Every fall, the Humane Society of South Carolina hosts their annual Woofstock Music Festival. A doggone good time for both two and four-legged attendees, the event features live music, great food, a silent auction, a raffle, a dog costume contest, and more! The event takes place at dog-friendly Jake's Bar & Grill on Devine Street and your canine companions are encouraged to attend! The event is aimed at raising funds and awareness for the services that the Humane Society provides. General admission is $10, but for $45 you get the VIP package including two drink tickets, a Woofstock t-shirt, and reserved parking. Come on down to Jake's on Devine for a tail-waggin' good time!

The Barking Lot Dog Park

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Admission
$5.00

Duration
7:00 am - 8:30 pm

The Barking Lot Dog Park

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Columbia's Saluda Shoals Park is home to.the Barking Lot, a 2-acre off-leash dog park that is a favorite among local and visitor canines alike! The Barking Lot offers a doggie drinking fountain, large grassy expanses, and two small bone-shaped pools for cooling off on hot days. Yearly membership passes can be acquired for $40, good for up to two dogs. The park has future plans for the addition of a fire hydrant water feature and a shady gazebo for pets and their people to enjoy. Take your furry friend here for playtime with other pooches, much-needed exercise, and a good romp!