Within the City of Columbia, all dogs are required to be on a leash at all times. Any animal found running large may be impounded by the City.
Within the City of Columbia, all owners are required to remove any dog waste deposited on any public or private property. There are several dog waster bag stations throughout Elmwood Park and Roy Lynch park for your use. Please deposit any used bags in either a City trash container or your residential trash bin.
Within the City of Columbia, if you strike an animal with your vehicle, you must contact the Police Department and/or the Animal Control Shelter to report the incident.
For detailed information regarding Animal Control, you can refer to Chapter 4, Article 3 of the City’s Code of Ordinances.
Residents of City of Columbia are required to license their dogs and cats and renew the registration annually. For information about licensing your pet, visit the City’s Animal Services webpage. You will need to download a PDF of the Pet License application from the City of Columbia.
To obtain a license from the City, you will be required to show proof that the animal has received either a one-year or three-year Rabies vaccination.
Local pet adoption agencies include
Spay and Neuter Services
The Animal Mission is a 501c3 charitable nonprofit organization which works to improve the safety and quality of life for animals in the Midlands. To that end, Animal Mission provides free or low cost spay/neuter vouchers to residents of Richland County. For additional information about the vouchers, contact the Animal Mission at 803.776.7387.
Lost or Stolen Pets
If you need to post flyers around the neighborhood, please staple the flyers to wood utility poles only. We love our historic trees almost as much as our pets, and want to keep both safe.
If you find a lost pet, we recommend posting messages on the Elmwood Park , ECCO, and Chasing Tails Facebook pages. If you are able to care for the pet for a few hours until his human is found, we appreciate your assistance. If you are unable to keep the animal, or if you think the animal may be dangerous, please contact Animal Control at 803.776.7387 to have him picked up by the City. Any canine or feline picked up by the City will be transported to the City’s Animal Shelter on Humane Lane. The Animal Shelter will keep impounded animals for only five (5) days before they are humanely euthanized.
Membership-only Dog Parks
NoMa Bark Park
Open from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm daily
The NoMa Bark Park is located in Earlewood Park, and is approximately one mile from Elmwood Park. Annual memberships are $25 per dog from January 1 to June 30, and $15 per dog after July 1. Memberships expire on December 31, and will need to be renewed for the following year. Children under 10 years of age are not permitted in the NoMa Bark Park. Additional information about the NoMa Bark Park is available on their website and Facebook page.
City of Columbia Dog Park
Open 24 hours
The City of Columbia Dog Park is located near the City’s Animal Shelter, and is approximately seven miles from Elmwood Park. Annual memberships are $36 per dog. For more information on this park and how to become a member, contact Tina Heckman at 803.783.8193.
Barking Lot Dog Park at Saluda Shoals
Open 7:00 am to 5:30 pm daily, and until 8:30 pm from March 1 to October 31. Closed on New Year’s, Thanksgiving, and Christmas days.
The Barking Lot Dog Park is located at Saluda Shoals Park, and is approximately 11 miles from Elmwood Park. Annual memberships are $55 for either one or two dogs. Annual parking passes are available for $45 and daily parking passes are available for $5. Additional information about the Barking Lot Dog Park is available on their website.
Area veterinarians include the following practices ( listed by distance from Elmwood Park)
Emergency Veterinary Care
In the event of an after-hours or life-threatening illness or injury, you may wish to contact one of these Emergency Animal Hospitals:
Pet Boarding and Day Camps
Overnight Pet Boarding is available at many local veterinarians.
Area day camps and boarding facilities include (listed by distance from Elmwood Park)
If you prefer to leave Fido at home, local pet sitters include
Elmwood Park residents may raise up to four hens at home, but no roosters are allowed within City limits. The City prescribes coop and run sizes based on the numbers of hens. Residents will need to obtain a certificate of inspection from the Animal Control division before the hens arrive, and will need to pay an annual inspection fee of $5 per bird. Coops must be screened by shrubbery or a privacy fence when located within 25 feet of the property line and/or within 50 feet of an adjoining residence. For additional information, please download the livestock ordinance.
Disclaimer : The businesses mentioned on this page are for the information and convenience of our residents, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the Elmwood Park Neighborhood Association.