In this post we are going to break down everything we know about pets in Columbia, South Carolina. Some reading this are going to be current owners, others might be just thinking about it, but either way there should be plenty of info here to help you plan your next move.
We will get this going with the best Columbia pet stores. You can buy puppies, kittens, toys, food, and supplies and more there so they will probably help the most readers out.
The top animal shelters in your area for dog or cat adoption will get the next section. Dog parks, puppy trainers near you, and dog bakeries will keep us going.
After that it will be grooming and dog or cat cafes around the area. There could be some out of towners reading so we will mention some good hotels that allow pets near you.
The best places for pet boarding in town will be discussed, and then we will finish it all off with unfortunate topics like veterinarians and dog or cat cremation services. Towards the end we will include a local pet map to help you figure out which places are closest to your current area.
By the way you can read more of our posts on the Southeast at this link.
Best Pet Stores In Columbia
When you want to buy a new puppy or kitten or just get some new toys, food, or supplies these best pet stores in Columbia are good places to go:
- Super Starr Pets at 4230 Bethel Church Rd
- Mill Creek Pet Food Center at 8606 Two Notch Rd
- Pet Lover’s Warehouse at 6740 Garners Ferry Rd
- Pet Supplies Plus at 1001 Harden St
- Petco at 110 Percival Rd
- PetSmart at 10136 Two Notch Rd #109C
Whether you want to buy new pet toys, food, collars, leashes, carriers, beds, or other supplies you should find them at the above. At Super Starr and Mill Creek Pet Food Center carries they also have a grooming spa to pamper your pet.
Pet Lover’s Warehouse carries an attractive variety of pets including small and medium sized birds, bunnies, ferrets, gerbils, frogs, reptiles, and many more. Pet Supplies Plus has live small pets, live crickets, and fishes.
The 2 Petco and 3 Petsmart locations near you also do full service grooming, and at Pet Supplies Plus or Petco they have free delivery on orders over $35.
Animal Shelters & Adoption
Try going to one of these animal shelters before you decide to go the buying new route:
Not only can you potentially adopt dogs, cats, or other pets from The City of Columbia Animal Services Division but they are also tasked with the humane care and euthanasia of unwanted pets in the City and Richland County.
Pawmetto Lifeline is another good shelter for pet adoption and they can provide some veterinary services like spay, wellness clinic, care-a-van mobile vaccine clinic, on-site vaccine clinic, prescription auto-refill program, and free microchips for pitbulls in addition to neuter procedures.
An afternoon at one of these dog parks near you will make them as happy as anything:
- NoMa (North Main) Bark Park
- Columbia Dog Park
- Sesquicentennial State Park
- Barking Lot Dog Park at Saluda Shoals Park
- Emily Douglas Dog Park
- Finlay Park
- Lake Carolina Dog Park
- Granby Park
These puppy training services should speed up their learning curve:
- Off Leash K9 Training at 3021 McNaughton Dr Unit 6
- The Dog Wizard at 132 Old Barnwell Rd
- Contented Canines at 621 Lady St
- Pawsitively Obedient
Some prefer to join group puppy training classes while others would like private dog training and either way any of the above should be able to work with you. Off Leash K9 Training and Pawsitively Obedient both have basic puppy training classes and more advanced classes.
Columbia, Lexington, Irmo, Blythewood, Elgin, Eastover, and Gaston are among the Dog Wizard’s service areas. Dog Daze from the next section also does dog training.
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Your dog or cat will look cuter than ever after a visit to these local pet groomers:
At Dale’s Pets they not only do grooming and bathing but they also do dematting, flea or tick removals, and will do special handling for difficult dogs.
Happy Pets Salon & Spaw also can do bath & brush, tidy up, and full body grooming. Wescott Acres Pet Resort and Carolina Pet Resort also offer pet grooming services.
Pet Cafes In Columbia
Do you know of any local pet cafes around town? Unfortunately we don’t. If you do please tell us in the comments so we can add the information to this page, thanks.
Hotels That Allow Pets
Anyone that is traveling and who needs a hotel that allows pets can try:
- Hyatt Place Downtown at 819 Gervais St
- Aloft Downtown at 823 Lady St
- Hampton Inn at 101 Woodcross Dr
- Motel 6 Fort Jackson Area at 7541 Nates Rd
- Comfort Inn at 911 Bush River Rd
Pet Boarding In Columbia
These Columbia pet boarding facilities should give them a good nights sleep:
- Wescott Acres Pet Resort at 6005 Wescott Rd #1408
- Carolina Pet Resort at 1160 Berl-Mar Rd
- Dog Daze at 1241 Veterans Rd
Some of the specialties at Wescott Acres Pet Resort include cat and dog boarding, dog daycare, and pet grooming. They even have a playground and a pool your dogs can swim in and are conveniently located in Columbia plus they serve Irmo, Lexington, and the surrounding communities.
Carolina Pet Resort also will do pet grooming, playtimes, and nature walks. Dog Daze is a great place to go for dog boarding, daycare and dog training.
Shandon-Wood Animal Clinic, Ambassador Animal Hospital, and Griffin Animal Hospital also offer boarding services.
Best Veterinarians Near You
Get your animals the quality medical attention they deserve from one of the best veterinarians in town:
- Shandon-Wood Animal Clinic at 912 Daly St
- Ambassador Animal Hospital at 5317 Forest Dr
- Griffin Animal Hospital at 1510 Barnwell St
- South Carolina Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Care at 3924 Fernandina Rd
- Four Paws Animal Clinic at 4 Monckton Blvd
It shouldn’t be a problem to get basic animal health care like flea, tick, and heartworm prevention, parasite control, vaccinations, microchipping, dental care, boarding services and standard pet surgeries at any of those vets near you.
Ambassador Animal Hospital will also do house calls. South Carolina Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Care are open 24/7.
Pet Cremation & Euthanization
Life always comes to an end and when it does you can get your dog, cat, or other pet cremated at:
Both of the above offer pet euthanasia services. At Columbia Pet Cremation Center they will guide you in selecting services tailored to your specific wishes.
Lap of Love has three options for aftercare which are private cremation, communal cremation and home burials. On a brighter note you can check out a list of current adoptable dogs in your area there and cats here.
Here are some other towns we have discussed in the past:
Have Fun With Your Pets In Columbia
After thinking about all of those pet stores, animal shelters, adoptions, dog parks, puppy trainers, bakeries, groomers, cafes, hotels that allow pets, places to board your dogs or cats, and even veterinarian or cremation services we hope you have a better understanding of the scene.
We would really appreciate it if you could let us know if you noticed anything incorrect, or if you could share your own local pet tricks and tips. Hopefully you have a great time visiting any Columbia, South Carolina pet stores, shelters, dog parks, or whatever places you learned about on this page.