Our Policies and Details


Vaccination Policy

  We require our guests to the up-to date on the following vaccinations:

  • Bordatella,
  • Distemper/Parvo
  • Rabies 

It is your responsibility to bring your animal’s  vaccination records from a licensed veterinarian at enrollment and each  time your animal’s vaccines are renewed.  Vaccines that are not  administered by a veterinarian cannot be accepted because we cannot  confirm the proper dosage, storage, and administration of those  vaccines.   Vaccinations must be administered 14 days prior to your stay.  For the protection of your dog and all the dogs in our care, we are not able to provide entry without proof of current vaccinations.  You can ask your vet to fax the proof of vaccinations to us at 856-769-0555, if you would like.  

Medical Policy

  Please let us know at check-in if your dog has any medical issues.  It is critical that you let us know if your dog eats toys, blankets, sticks or rocks so we can adjust our protocols to keep your pet safe.  In the rare event that your pet should require medical attention while in our care, every effort will be made to contact you, your veterinarian on record, and your emergency contact person for instructions. Joyful Acres, in its sole discretion, may engage the services of a local veterinarian or an emergency animal hospital for evaluation, regardless of the instructions on the pet’s profile form.  If you have questions or concerns about how we might handle an emergency situation with your pet, please call us to discuss your specific situation or talk with us at check-n.  While most dogs do not have an issue, gastrointestinal upset (usually in the form of loose stool) is common for dogs in a kennel or upon returning home.   An article about this common problem can be found at www.dogsupsetstomach.com/dog-upset-stomach-after-boarding/.  Please do let us know if your pet becomes ill after returning home, though.  We want to talk with you about it and make sure that if there is an illness that we take additional precautions to stop it from spreading.​  

Financial Policy

 Payment in full is due when you pick up your pet.  We are only able to accept cash or checks for payment.   Pets are charged for arrival day regardless of time checked in.  Pets  are charged for departure day unless they are picked up prior to 10 am.   There is a $25.00 service charge for returned checks.  A deposit may be  required for long term reservations or from customers who have  cancelled previous reservations without notice. From Memorial Day  through Labor Day and during major holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's and Easter) you will be charged for your full reservation even if you pick up early.     

 Medications:
If your animal is taking any  medications, be sure to bring them in the original bottle.  This ensures  that we can provide accurate information to a veterinarian in the event  of an emergency.  It is helpful if you can provide clear written  instructions for administering your dog’s medications.  

Drop off and Pick-up Times

Drop off and pick up must be during posted times (8-10 am and 4-6 pm Monday through Saturday and 4-6 pm on Sunday).  For the comfort and security of the dogs in our care, Joyful Acres staff members are prohibited from permitting public entry outside of posted Lobby hours.  Please call us if your travel plans have changed and you need to shorten or extend your pet’s stay.  With the exception of extremely busy times, we can usually accommodate a change in pick-up day or shift. 

Holiday Hours:
Although we have a complete staff caring for our guests every day of the year, to allow more of our employees to enjoy time with their families, our kennel is closed for arrivals and departures on the following Holidays: New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, the Friday following Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. The kennel is open only in the morning on Halloween, Christmas Eve  Day and New Year's Eve Day.  

What to Bring

 Please bring:

  • A copy of your pet’s current vaccination record from your veterinarian.
  • Your pet’s regular food (enough for his/her entire stay).  Please do not bring your dog's bowls.  Due to health regulations, we need to wash and sanitize all bowls after each use.  
  • Any medications that your pet will/may require in original bottle.
  • Treats (optional)  No rawhides, bully sticks or pigs ears, please.
  • Bed or blanket (optional, we will provide blankets for pets without them).  Please do not send your best, pets can be more destructive in a kennel setting than they would typically be at home.
  • Toys (optional)  We also have a selection of toys for you to choose from if you want to purchase a new toy for your pet.
  • New customers should bring a completed boarding agreement which can be downloaded below.

Aggression and Destruction

 Clients who board dogs with us that are destructive will be held liable for all damage caused to our kennel and any injury that the dog may inflict upon itself while engaging in destructive behaviors. This policy is applied to any and all destructive dogs regardless of the reason for destruction.   An aggressive dog is defined as a dog that has bitten or injured a human or another dog, and/or growls, bares teeth, lunges or snaps at a person or dog. An aggressive dog will be allowed to be boarded in our kennel, however, the owner of said dog must inform us of the potential for injury at time of reservation.   Owners and staff of Joyful Acres are well trained and are generally able to work with most dogs.  We take great pride in our ability to build trust and improve the comfort and experience of most dogs with challenging behaviors.  In very rare instances, dogs that cannot be properly cared for due to their aggressive or destructive behaviors may be sent home or asked not to return.

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