Services and Rates

New Jersey Sales & Use tax of 6.625% is NOT included. We only accept cash and checks for payment to help keep our daily fees low. We do not accept debit and credit cards at this time.

Policies and Details

Vaccination Policy

We require Bordatella, Distemper/Parvo, and Rabies vaccinations for all dogs.  You must have a proof of vaccination from your Vet at the time of the check in. Vaccinations must be administered 14 days prior to your pet's 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. 

Financial Policy

 Payment in full is due when you pick up your pet.  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.  New Jersey Sales & Use tax is NOT included in our rates.   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. 

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Hours

 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/time. 

What to 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/package.
  • 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.

Medical Needs and Emergencies

    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 describing this common problem can be found here.  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. 

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 may be allowed to board 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.

Retail Products


We love these products and use them with our own dogs!

 Joyful Acres has carefully selected some products and product lines to make available to our customers.  We love all these products and use them with our own dogs!   We strive to offer natural and safe products, most items are made in the USA.  Several of our vendors donate their profits to spay and neuter programs or animal rescue organizations. Our product lines include:

  • Lucy Pet Products shampoos and conditioner sprays.
  • Glad Dogs Nation Toys
  • Natural Deer, Moose and Elk Antlers
  • Darford All Natural Baked Treats
  • Nylabone Durachew Products
  • Kong Toys and Chews
  • Chuck-It Products 
  • Pet Safe Ice Melt
  • Young Living Animal Scents Ointment
  • Young Living Animal Scents Shampoo
  • Dogtra collars


Joyful Acres

15 Williams Road
Pilesgrove, NJ (near Woodstown)
Main: (856) 769-5471
Fax:   (856) 769-0555