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!

  • I was so incredibly blessed to find a temporary home for my Ellie. Ellie was with Tamara and her crew at the Farm for 17 months, so yes, this was her home away from home. And these lovely people were her family. They loved and cared for her like she was their own. She grew, matured, played and came back her happy, healthy and sweet self. The healthy, holistic approach worked out so well for her and I never once worried that Ellie wasn't alright. When my plans changed, Tamara worked to accommodate me. When funds were tight she worked with me and said, "Pay when u can." I consider her Ellie's second mom and the Farm her forever home away from home. Can't thank them enuf or recommend them any more highly. If you send your dog there, leave your worries behind. All will be well!

    Nicole M Alford

  • Julie Anne Hubbard

    Dancing Creek Farm is a wonderful place for any dog to stay if you need to be away. Tamara and her staff are such loving, caring, competent, considerate individuals who bend over backwards to ensure all the dogs in their care happy, healthy and secure. We highly recommend placing your loved doggie here – you will not be disappointed. We were overseas for 7 months and had an unexpected situation occur which required us to find new housing options for our dog immediately and Tamara was the answer to a desperate prayer I threw out to the universe. Her home and farm is what I lovingly refer to as a wonderful doggie resort. The facility is beautiful, well-maintained, extremely spacious, and well thought out for dogs to be dogs. Communicating with Tamara was extremely efficient. We knew if she could not answer right away, it was because she was out caring for our dog and would respond as soon as she could. When we went to pick up Nessie, we saw firsthand just how wonderful Dancing Creek Farm is for dogs and the families who love them. Choosing a long or short-term location for your beloved pet is so difficult because we tend to worry so much about our babies… rest assured if you choose Dancing Creek Farm – your dog will have the best possible time away from his/her family. Thank you Tamara for everything you did to make Nessie’s stay as comfortable as possible and for managing her ”needy” mother so I wouldn’t worry so much!
  • We boarded our dog at Dancing Creek for a year. She came back happy, slimmer, and well behaved. I would definitely trust Tamara and team to take care of her again.

    Michael Mancini

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