Pet Trust and Retirement

Meet Lucky (see picture) Lucky’s owner contacted us when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He and Lucky spent many years together. He wanted Lucky to be safe, loved and well cared for after his death. When he contacted us we helped him calculate lifetime care for his beloved Lucky. When the day came we quickly dispatched transport to New York to bring Lucky back to the farm. Lucky is VERY happy to be at the farm. She is well cared for and loved by all of us. We were also included in the Will as a beneficiary to help us continue to offer discount dog boarding services to families in need.

What would you do if you unexpectedly died or became incapacitated? Have you made arrangements for your pets? More than 500,000 pets are killed in shelters and veterinary offices each year after their owners die. We’d like to think that our families members will honor our pets as we have, however sadly this isn’t always the case.


Not only are we a great long term dog boarding facility but we also are a safe loving home for dogs who have lost their beloved owners. We take the extra steps to insure their emotional well being.

We are uniquely set up and not anything like a traditional kennel. We (The owners) live on the property and we have experienced animal handlers that LOVE dogs working 7 days a week. Single dogs are allowed to socialize until they find dogs they enjoy spending time with. Because of our set up and all the huge fenced areas we have within our 30 acre compound dogs are allowed to roam around and play throughout the day.

Lifetime Pet Trust Care is a huge commitment.  “The Farm” is a very special place where compassionate animal lovers live and work.  We address the nutritional and emotional needs of all dogs here.  In fact we’ve been told that its better than home care because our direct focus is caring for the dogs here 24/7. We do whatever it takes to insure each and every dogs well being and happiness.

Getting Started

The first step is calculating the amount of money your dog would need for the rest of their life.  We can help you do this. The cost would include boarding, food and vet care. Once a monthly amount is determined you’ll need to decide where the funds will come from. Some people have already set up a trust while other have a separate life insurance policy that will feed the pet trust. Pet trust are set up through your estate planning with your lawyer.

Once your Pet Trust is set up with your lawyer and with us its a good idea to put something on the refrigerator or in plain view. In the event of sickness or death someone can contact us right away to get your pet. When you set up with us you pay for the first month plus any travel related expenses. The moment we get the call our transport van is on the road to pick up your dog. Its also a good idea to have a key chain stating that you have a pet at home.  You want family members or a trusted close friend to know about your plans and wishes.

Your trust can be set up with a trustee to write monthly checks for your dog or you can set it up directly with us. Most people prefer a trustee and someone to check on their dog throughout his.her years. Dancing Creek Farm has been in business over 10 years and we welcome you to visit and check out our wonderful reviews. We want you to feel confident that you’ve made the right decision. We will provide you with whatever you need.

There are some wonderful shelters, however do you really want your beloved pet to live in a shelter?

If you do not have a good insurance underwriter to set this up with you please contact me. Below are some helpful links for your research:

We recommend  A Pet Protection Agreement® – there is important information here.

Here is a great article at ASPCA about Pet Trust

A list of great articles here


No one will take better care of your dog then we will. This I promise you.
To learn more about pet trust and long term care for your dog or cat please call me directly 434-549-1616

Highly Recommended!

  • Dancing Creek Farms took great care of our fur babies. We entrusted with them for three months while we moved and got settled overseas. Both pups have unique needs and DCF exceeded our expectations. We are very happy with the service we received from the staff and owners! We will use them again in the future. The worked seamlessly with the relocation service to make sure all paperwork was ready for the big trip.

    Jerald T Risner

  • Ann Marie Bravo

    Tamara and her team and Dancing Creek Farm are simply outstanding. We chose Dancing Creek to board our two large dogs, Maggie and Lulu for ~6months while we transitioned to a new house. Our dogs can be challenging and despite having a rough start, Tamara never gave up on them. We always had an open line of communication with Tamara throughout our dogs’ stay and were always a pic/video or FB post away from an update. We began to see such positive changes in our dogs; their health and their demeanor improved significantly. Maggie, who suffered from constant joint pain and needed regular pain medication, is now medication free; the healthy natural diet and exercise helped her get her into the best shape she’s been in in years. They began to be so much more relaxed around people. It was nothing short of amazing. DCF turned out to be one of the most positive experiences of their lives. Without DCF, we could have lost our dogs; now we are settled in our new house, with dogs back home and they are the best version of themselves we’ve seen in years. Most boarding locations near our home are prohibitively expensive, inflexible and provide a minimal level of care and lack of options. Dancing Creek is over 500 miles away but anytime in the future when a life event takes place and our dogs need a place to wag their tails for a few months, we are going right back to Dancing Creek Farm, their “home away from home” Thank you Tamara and thank you everyone at Dancing Creek; you gave our dogs something we could never have given them during such a stressful, pivotal time in our lives and what you have given them will continue to have a positive impact on them (and us) throughout our lives
  • Beautiful farm ..Tamara is committed to loving and caring for all these babies . Each dog gets individual attention . Clean safe environment ..I love it

    Sheril Ann Spurrell-Carr

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