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Latest News/Announcements

The Cathouse Grand Opening
April 30, 2011

Our newly outfitted house for adoptable cats, dubbed "The Cathouse" will open to the public on Saturday April 30th at 1:00 pm. Six beautiful healthy adult cats are available for adoption, six of them qualify for our Seniors for Seniors Program. The Cathouse will be open this weekend Saturday April 30th and Sunday May 1st from 1 to 5 pm each day. Going forward the Cathouse will open every Sunday afternoon from 1 to 5 or call (843) 816-6676 for an appointment.

Pet Adoption Fair Palm Sunday

Maranatha Farm will present the Pet Adoption Fair in front of the Woodworker's Shop in Sun City on Sunday April 17th from 11 am til 3 pm. This event is for Sun City residents only.

Pet Adoption Fair April 2nd in Beaufort
April 2, 2011

Coastal Veterinary Clinic will be providing a $10 Rabies Clinic at our Pet Adoption Fair in Beaufort this Saturday. The fair will be at Beaufort Town Center (K-Mart) on Boundary Street from 11 am until 3 pm.

$5 Spay/Neuter Certificates good for dog or cat spays or neuters at the Spay-Neuter Alliance & Clinic (SNAC) in Ridgeland will be available from Maranatha Farm all day.

Other rescues have been invited and we are expecting a large turnout in beautiful Spring weather.

In order to offer the healthiest puppies possible, Maranatha Farm does not take puppies to public adoption events until they have had their complete series of three vaccinations, so our new Yellow Lab mix pups will not be at the fair. They can be seen at the farm in Ridgeland during our regular Sunday hours from 1 pm to 5 pm.

Adult dogs including three charming 3-legged dogs, and others of all sizes from Labs to an Italian Greyhound, will be offered for adoption Saturday. All dogs are already spayed or neutered, have all their vaccinations and are heartworm negative. The $75 adoption fee includes a 6-month supply of heartworm prevention and our famous Lifetime Free Vacation Boarding.

Seniors should ask about our Seniors for Seniors Program which offers both senior dogs and cats for no-cost adoption.

First Saturday in Beaufort Town Center
March 5, 2011

Maranatha Farm will host a Pet Adoption Fair at Beaufort Town Center on Boundary Street in Beaufort, near the Government Center, on Saturday March 5th as part of a new First Saturday event sponsored by 303 Properties, owners of the shopping center anchored by K-Mart. A low cost rabies vaccination clinic will be offered by SNAC, the Spay-Neuter Alliance & Clinic, from 10 am until 1 pm. Jasper Animal Rescue Mission and other animal rescue groups have also been invited to bring animals for adoption from 11 am until 3 pm. Professional Dog Trainer Abby Bird will stage demonstrations. The Blood Alliance Bloodmobile and the Beaufort Memorial Mobile Wellness Center will be set up. Pino Gelato, winner of the Hilton Head Island Chamber of Commerce’ Small Business of the Year award, will pass out samples of their Italian ice cream. More local vendors and farmers’ market participants are sought for this event to be held on the First Saturday of each month. For more information please contact Jean Brown, 303 Properties, Inc, 2015 Boundary Street, Suite 300, Beaufort SC 29902. Phone (843) 521-9000 or visit

First Saturday in Beaufort Pet Adoption Fair
February 5, 2011

Join us Saturday Feb 5th - First Saturday Pet Adoption Fairat Beaufort Town Center ( K-Mart shopping center) on Boundary Street in Beaufort. Other rescues have been invited, a farmers' market is planned. Hours tentatively 11 til 3. We need volunteers from filling helium balloons to standing guard over dog & puppy crates to counseling potential adopters. Thanks Rosie O'Gradys pub for getting us there and to 303 Properties for their warm reception.

Friday Firepits Start Nov 12
Friday Nov 12, 2010

Friday Firepits will start at the farm 5:00 pm Friday November 12 with a bonfire in the field across from the fence. Please park well away from the big old brush pile! There's lots of wood down in the field that Dwane will cut for throwing on the fire, so we can keep it going as long as people want to toss wood on. Hot chocolate and makings for S'Mores will be served. Volunteers, adopters, visitors, youths to Seniors, everyone is welcome. Please do not wear flip-flops or sandals - sturdy shoes or boots are highly recommended for your safety and comfort!

Every Friday for the rest of the winter we will light the firepit at 5:00 pm in front of the main farmhouse for everyone to enjoy. There are plenty of chairs, hot chocolate and s'mores will be served. Blankets are available if you don't mind them smelling a little doggy! Help splitting the wood is always appreciated. Y'all come!

Rosie O'Grady's Oyster Roast
Oct 17, 2010

Rosie O'Grady's is putting on an oyster roast Sunday Oct 17th from 2 pm until ? to benefit Maranatha Farm. Rosie O'Grady's is located next to K-Mart in Beaufort on Boundary Street. This popular local bar and grill is owned by animal lovers Mike and Leslie Pressley who came to us with the idea of putting on an oyster roast for donations. If people like it, we may do it all winter!

500th Adoption Celebration!
Saturday, October 2, 2010

Maranatha Farm will celebrate our 500th adoption on Saturday, Oct 2nd with a party from 11 am til 3 pm in the PetCo parking lot, Bluffton. Lots of fun is planned including a Jump House from Kidzplay, face-painting, live music, goodies such as Philly Pretzels, Italian ice cream from Pino Gelato, cotton candy and our friend The Hot Dog Guy will be there too! Coastal Veterinary Clinic and Palmetto Veterinary Hospital will be doing nail trims and ear cleanings, free consultations and lots of special offers. We will be joined by Jasper Animal Rescue Mission and others offering wonderful animals for adoption. Most important of all get to meet "Miller the Mastiff" our 500th adoption and hear his dramatic story of rescue and rehabilitation, and see how much he is loved today by his new family. "Miller" will be signing souvenier "paw-tographs".

Labor Day Weekend
Sept 5, 2010

We hope Labor Day Weekend will bring an end to this devastating summer's heat. We plan to open the farm on Sunday Sept 5th from 1 to 5 pm. The public is welcome to come meet the adoptable animals. From Bluffton: Take Hwy 278 to I-95 North. Take Exit 21 and turn Right. At the stop sign (Bees Creek Road) turn Left. Drive exactly 2.2 miles. Turn Left onto Crabapple Lane. Go to the end of the road and if the driveway's full park in the pasture on your Left.

From Beaufort: Take Hwy 170 to the Callawassie light in front of Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority. Turn Right onto Snake Road and go all the way to the end. Turn Right onto Hwy 462. Drive about 10 miles, just past the turnoff for Palm Key and Knowles Island. Take the next Left which is Rice Shire Road. Take the next Left which is Bees Creek Road. At the 45 MPH sign turn Right onto Crabapple Lane. Go to the end of the road and if the driveway is full park in the pasture on your Left.

Hot Summer Hours
July 3, 2010

Summer is so hot this year, nobody wants to come out to the farm in the heat. We can't fault people for that, even the dogs are spending their days in the air conditioning or in the pond. Until cooler weather returns, say October, we will be in doors at PetCo on Fridays from 2 til 6 and again on Saturdays from 11 til 4. People who want to see all the animals we have for adoption can come to the farm on Sunday afternoons from 1 to 5. First Saturday Open House will be resumed October 2nd. As always, private appointments can be arranged during the week, usually after working hours. Call (843) 816-6676 for a cheerful private appointment.

Open House Sat June 5th
June 5, 2010

Maranatha Farm will be open all this coming weekend for the last First Saturday Open House until cooler weather. Hours will be 1-5 Friday, 11-4 Saturday, 1-5 Sunday. Saturday is the Open House with a hamburger and hot dog cookout, fruit, cold drinks and Cher's homemade brownies. A really fun Yard Sale is being put together around the old school bus. It's a "Name Your Own Price" Yard Sale! Most items are pet-related and some are really funky, like a bunch of little timers you can set to go off once a month and remind you to give heartworm prevention. Imagine tracking that thing down in the house! The best part is there are no price tags, just donation cans, and shoppers can set their own price and even make their own change. Sound like fun? Come on out, enjoy a burger, plunder through the goodies and maybe meet your new Best Friend by Yancey's Pond.

Pet Adoption Fair at PetCo Memorial Day Weekend

Maranatha Farm is proud to present our healthy puppies and dogs for adoption at Bluffton's PetCo store, next to Best Buy, 11 to 4 pm on Saturday May 29th - Memorial Day Weekend. We will also be open at the farm on Friday and Sunday from 1 til 5.

Saturday May 22nd at Oldfield
Sat May 22, 2010

Thanks to Oldfield and Brooke's Haven for inviting us to join them for pet adoptions at Oldfield Plantation on Saturday May 22 from 11 am til 2 pm. Pino Gelato will be giving away scoops of their delicious Italian ice cream so don't miss this fun day to benefit homeless animals. The event is open to the public.

PetCo Saturday May 15th
May 15, 2010

Saturday May 15th we plan to present the pet Adoption Fair at Bluffton's PetCo store from 11 am til 4 pm. Two truckloads of dogs including nine puppies will be shown off, many are trained and all very healthy. Adoption fees have been reduced to $75 which includes the spay or neuter, and during May adopters receive a free six month supply of heartworm prevention.

Bluffton Mayfest Saturday May 8th
Saturday May 8, 2010

We are delighted that Pino Gelato will be joining us at Bluffton's Mayfest this year, giving out their Italian ice cream to raise donations for Maranatha Farm. The day-long event on Bluffton's Calhoun Street begins at 10 am.

Open House May 1st
May 1, 2010

Maranatha Farm will have Open House Saturday May 1st from 11 til 4, with a free dog training class beginning at 11. Free lunch cookout of hamburgers and hot dogs will be served along with cold drinks, chips and homemade brownies. Hey, now you're coming out for sure! Call 816-6676 for directions or click on Upcoming Events. We are 30 minutes from Bluffton or Beaufort.

Easter Weekend
April 3, 2010

Maranatha Farm will be open all Easter Weekend. Hours Friday and Sunday will be 1-5. First Saturday Open House cookout will be 11-4. Click on Upcoming Events for directions.

Car Wash and BBQ Saturday March 27th BT Parking Lot 11-3
March 27, 2010

Saturday March 27th we are honored to be sponsoring a Car Wash and BBQ to raise funds to outfit a handicap-accessible van for Lindsey Hickey, a local girl who has MS and hydrocephalus. The event will be held in the parking lot of Bluffton Today newspaper, behind Regions Bank on Bluffton Parkway, from 11 am til 3 pm.

Junior's Pantry, and more...

Free dog and cat food is available through our Junior's Pantry to pet owners economically unable to feed their animals. Named in memory of a magnificent Rottweiler owned by a faithful supporter who fed all the animals of Maranatha Farm for over a year, Junior's Pantry also provides free vaccinations, heartworm testing, treatment and prevention to owners who cannot afford it.

Free medical care and even surgery is available to animals in need, and the owner does not have to give them up to get it.

Call (843) 816-6676 for more information or to donate to support this important ministry.

Sometimes people say our charitable donations should go to help people in these hard times, but we never get phone calls for help from animals. It's always people who call to ask for help. We have yet to turn anyone away. The Lord always provides through the charitable hearts of animal lovers.

Homes for the Holidays

We encourage anyone looking for a Christmas puppy or kitten to check out the county shelters. What could be better than giving a homeless animal a real home in time for the holidays? Puppies and kittens are often available in Animal Control even when they are not listed on the Internet.

It takes time to get animals posted on Petfinder so please don't think just because there are not many puppies on the Internet, your shelter doesn't have them.

Beaufort County Animal Control is located on Hwy 21 the other side of Beaufort, across from the Hwy 21 Drive-in Theater. Their number is 846-3904. Beaufort County currently has small kittens and some beautiful slightly older puppies.

In Jasper County, Jasper Animal Rescue Mission is located at 1352 Carters Mill Road in downtown Ridgeland. Take Main Street past the Post Office, then bear left onto Carters Mill Road. The number is 726-7799. JARM has both kittens and puppies to choose from.

Other local rescues with kittens now available include Brooke's Bed & Biscuit at 25 Buck Island Road (757-7387), Camp Green Dog a mile behind Wal-Mart (208-3647) and Coastal Vet Clinic at 21 Buck Island Road (757-1112).

A Champion is Lost: David Golding
Oct 13, 2009

David Golding, a tireless worker and champion of homeless animals, has passed away of a sudden heart attack. David and his wife Martha created and maintained this website as their service to help the animals and their community. They have also fostered for us and we don't know a better daddy cat to kittens than David. This big fellow was a sucker for homeless animals, and always quick to help out a fellow human as well. He will be terribly missed.

"Comfortis" Really Works Against Fleas
Aug 11m 2009

We have struggled against fleas worse this year than ever before. Flea allergies keep dogs from getting adopted. Fleas give dogs and puppies tapeworm that makes them unhealthy and costs a fortune to treat. The work it takes to rake up and burn flea-infested hay from the lounging areas, especially in 100-degree heat, is heartbreaking.

When we heard there was a new product available through our veterinarian, we didn't wait to try it.

The good news is - Comfortis works. The next day after we gave it to 53 dogs and older puppies, there are no fleas on anybody. No one is itching and scratching and chewing. It's peaceful in the living room at night!

Comfortis is available through veterinarians. It's not cheap, but it costs a whole lot less than we were already spending on dealing with fleas. Comfortis cannot be used on puppies younger than 14 weeks.

We have put a link to Comfortis' website on our Links page.

Camp Green Dog Birthday Bash
Saturday April 25, 2009

Saturday April 25th the Maranatha Farm volunteers will be grilling burgers and hot dogs to feed the crowd celebrating Camp Green Dog's Birthday Bash.

Hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs and all the trimmings will be offered along with chips, cookies, fruit, cold sodas and water. Suggested donation for lunch is $5.

The "Pupmobile", our converted school bus, will also be in the parking lot, filled with adoptable dogs and puppies. Several other rescue groups including Camp Green Dog's own rescues will be offered for adoption too, so there will be plenty to choose from!

Hot food will be served from 11 am til 2 pm, with adoptions and fun continuing until 4.

Camp Green Dog is located one mile behind the Sun City Wal-Mart, on Argent Boulevard. We hope to see YOU there!

Calling All Volunteers
March 10, 2009

If you've thought of volunteering for Maranatha Farm, here are some ways you can help: Attend the shelter dog obedience class every Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. at PetCo. Conducted by trainer Abby Bird, various animal rescue shelters bring dogs to the class for special training by volunteers. A good way to help get these dogs adopted and pick up a few tips along the way! If you're an early riser, come on out to the country and visit Maranatha Farm on Saturday mornings and help bathe the dogs to prepare them for the weekly adoption fair. With our new bathing center, built with a grant from the "Build A Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation", we now have room and equipment to allow for assistance from several volunteers. Call for more information!

Upcoming Events
March 10, 2009

Mark you Calendars for upcoming events: *First Saturday Open House – April 4th Stop by to visit with dogs and puppies and enjoy lunch from the grill. 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. *Saturday, April 18th - Look for Maranatha Farm at the Sun City Yard Sale. Call if you have any items you would like to donate. *Saturday, April 25th - Camp Green Dog Anniverary Bash. Maranatha Farm will be manning the food concession. Stop by!

It's Our Birthday, and YOU Get The Present!
Monday, Oct 13, 2008

Maranatha Farm will celebrate our 2nd birthday Saturday Oct 18th with double Pet Adoption Fairs: one at PetCo next to Best Buy in Bluffton and one at All Four Paws on Bluffton Parkway.

To help celebrate our birthday, a supporter has offered to sponsor the adoption fees for one dog each week from now through the end of November! The adopter will still have to qualify with a good vet reference and home visit, but all fees will be paid by this wonderful supporter.

The first healthy adoptable dog chosen for this honor is "By Golly", a handsome young neutered male terrier, full of energy and fun, housetrained, a wonderful dog to keep a yardfull of kids entertained:

"By Golly" is smart, fun, and sociable He knows how to "Sit", "Stay", lay "Down" quietly and walk on lead politely. To meet "By Golly" please come by one of our Pet Adoption Fairs Oct 18th or come by the farm and Friday, Sunday or Monday between 1 and 5 pm, or just call for an appointment 816-6676.

Closed Labor Day Weekend
Aug 29, 2008

Sorry but we will be closed to the public Labor Day Weekend. Normally we are open all holidays but this one we have to close. Please come out the following weekend which is our First Saturday Open House.

Regular Hours Announced
Aug 8, 2008

We are pleased to announce we will be open to the public every Friday, Sunday and Monday afternoon from 1:00 PM til 5:00 PM. This is in addition to our normal "First Saturday" Open House events and regular Saturday appearances at Bluffton's PetCo store from Noon til 5 PM.

From Bluffton, take Hwy 278 to I-95 North. Get off at Exit #21 and turn East (Right). Go 1/2 mile to a stop sign (Bees Creek Road.) Turn Left onto Bees Creek Road and go exactly 2.2 miles. Turn Left onto Crabapple Lane. Go to the end of the road and park in the pasture on your Left. Walk into the driveway at house #342, come through the fence where the red pickups are parked.

From Beaufort take Hwy 170 to the Callawassie light at BJWSA. Turn

"Bean's Bungalow" receives first family

A mother dog and ten 2-week old puppies were to be put to sleep in Charleston’s Animal Control this morning, but thanks to all who helped us build the new maternity kennel at Maranatha Farm, this little family is now safe and on their way to us.

Everyone is invited to come to Maranatha Farm this Saturday July 5th for the formal dedication of “Bean’s Bungalow”, a new double kennel which was built by Ryan Chaffin, Shawn Flood, Dwane Wilkins, and Ed Neely. Concrete was donated by Palmetto Ready-Mix and finished by J & E Construction. Materials were provided by a grant from the Donna S, Ireton Foundation, Boyer Construction, Arnold Building Systems and J. T. Turner Construction.

These are your puppies! Please come help us welcome them. They are every color imaginable, and they all need names! Directions to the farm are on our website at Gates open at 11:00, a free cookout will be served until 4:00 PM: hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, chips, watermelon and cold drinks.

A short prayer of dedication and thanks will be made at 12:00. The new kennel has been named “Bean’s Bungalow” in honor of “Bean” Chaffin, the yellow lab owned by Donna and Ryan Chaffin who worked very hard to build it.

We hope you will join us.

"Raise the Roof"
Saturday June 21

Saturday June 21st we hope to "Raise the Roof" on the new maternity kennels. Helpers who can drive a nail or lift a board into place are needed! Many hands make light work.

We know the weather is hot for outdoor work, but mother dogs and their litters are being put to sleep in Animal Control every day because we have no place to take them in.

Please if you can even help for a couple of hours, come out to Maranatha Farm this Saturday at 9 AM and lend a hand. We know the Lord will bless you for it!

Fourth Graders Fund Free Wheelchairs

Two fourth-graders from Hilton Head Prep School have sacrificed their birthday presents to benefit homeless animals, and their gifts have resulted in an unexpectedly wide-ranging benefit. Maranatha Farm is using the money the boys are raising to purchase aluminum welding equipment to build free wheelchairs for handicapped pets.

Animal wheelchairs can cost $400 to $800, but the custom-fitted models from Maranatha Farm will be provided free of charge.

Chase Dillon, son of Teri and Jon Dillon of Yorkshire Drive on Hilton Head Island, was in the 4th Grade class of Mrs. Joanne Calvarese when school counselor Marilyn Calore invited Karen Wilkins, President of Maranatha Farm, to address the class. Wilkins brought “Buckshot”, a 4-month old puppy with her to meet the children. “Buckshot” had been shot in his back with an air rifle the day after Christmas. Although surgery by Dr Chris Hill at Coastal Veterinary Clinic saved his spinal cord, the puppy cannot yet use his hind legs well enough to walk.

Wilkins’ husband Dwane built “Buckshot” a wheelchair out of PVC pipe from plans on the Internet at PVC pipe is inexpensive but breaks easily, and the rambunctious puppy spent a lot of downtime waiting for repairs. Then rescuers Marti Bloch and Nina Benedict of Beaufort donated a 3-year old aluminum wheelchair which Dwane customized for “Buckshot

The metal cart is lightweight, strong and nimble enough to allow the puppy to run and play normally.

When Chase Dillon recently celebrated his birthday with a party, instead of presents, he requested donation checks made out to Maranatha Farm to benefit “Buckshot” and the other special needs animals rescued by the Wilkins. On April 26th Chase presented the Wilkins with over $300 at their Pet Adoption Fair at Bluffton’s new PetCo store. PetCo manager Jonathan Mullis praised Chase’s donation and gave him a PetCo gift certificate. Wilkins then presented Chase with a framed Certificate of Appreciation and a Maranatha Farm “Lamb of God” logo teeshirt.

Zachary June, son of Pamela and Mark June, is having his birthday party May 9th and is also forgoing his presents to benefit Maranatha Farm. Zachary was in Mrs. Deak’s 4th Grade class at Hilton Head Prep School.

“We were so impressed by the selfless sacrifices these boys were making to help the animals, we wanted to do something very special with the money,” said Karen Wilkins. “Dwane is a resourceful builder and he knows how to weld. We decided to use the donated money to purchase aluminum welding equipment and supplies, and start building custom-fitted wheelchairs for handicapped animals, absolutely free of charge.”

“Because adjustments will be necessary, we hope to keep this mainly in the local area, but we’re not going to turn anybody down as long as we can keep up with the requests,” said Dwane Wilkins.

Owners of handicapped animals may contact Dwane Wilkins to request a wheelchair at or by calling him at (843) 816-2992.

PETCO Foundation Funds Change Lives in Bluffton, SC.
Feb 24, 2008

Bluffton, SC, Feb 23, 2008 The year begins on a high note for thousands of animal shelters and rescues nationwide, like Maranatha Farm, that will receive donations from the 2007 Tree of Hope fundraiser, hosted by PETCO and the PETCO Foundation.

The 36-day campaign generated more than $2.5 Million from donations given by the company’s customers, vendors and associates. This year, Maranatha Farm receives funds donated at the PETCO store at Walterboro, SC.

Local proceeds from Tree of Hope 2007 will be used by Maranatha Farm to provide medical care for injured and abused animals, restore them to health and find new adoptive homes for them in the Bluffton, SC area.

“We are so grateful to our rescue partners at PETCO for this generous gift,” said Karen Wilkins, President and Founder of Maranatha Farm. “We are even more happy about PETCO opening a new store in Bluffton this week. We have already held one adoption fair at the new Bluffton store and received a record number of adoption applications. The health benefits of pet ownership have been well documented. We hope to improve the quality of life for many more Bluffton families and individuals by providing them with healthy, well-trained canine companions. PETCO is making this possible.”

PETCO Foundation Vice President Paul Jolly said, “Tree of Hope has not only helped sustain the lives of animals in need of care and compassion, but also helped nourish the spirit of hope that defines the PETCO Foundation. We are so thankful to everyone who contributed and hope that they all know that they helped to make this world a kinder, safer and happier place to be for the wonderful animals so near to our hearts.”

To get the latest news on anything and everything PETCO – from updates about the company to incredibl;e acts of animal kindness, visit the company’s blog at

PETCO is a privately held specialty retailer that provides products, services and advice that make it easier for our customers to be great pet parents. We operate more than 850 stores in 49 states and the District of Columbia, as well as a leading pet products and information destination at Our nonprofit organization, The PETCO Foundation, has raised more than $37 Million since its inception in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. In conjunction with the Foundation, we work with and support more than 4,700 local animal welfare groups across the country to help find homes for more than 200,000 animals every year.

Blossom's Surgery Successful
Feb 6, 2008

Wednesday Feb 6th "Blossom" was operated on by Dr Ellison, Chief of Surgery at the University of Florida's School of Veterinary Medicine, at Gainesville, Florida. The surgery was successful in restoring normal breathing to this puppy who had been tortured with a screwdriver up her nose in a crack house when she was only 8-10 weeks old.

"Blossom" has endured seven previous surgical procedures, most of which failed. We were able to undertake the largest fundraiser in our history to provide this saving surgery for Blossom, thanks to the volunteer efforts of adopter Donna Chaffin who obtained a substantial grant from the IMOM foundation.

Quiznos Sub shops owned by the Leon and Lindy Aragon family also provided major support by matching the donations of their customers.

The combined donations and prayers of many people came together and resulted in a successful surgery. Blossom can now breathe normally through her nose for the first time in over seven months. We give all praise and thanks to God for this wonderful miracle!

The Rescue of "Buckshot"

The day after Christmas we spent working to put up new privacy fence donated by Cause for Paws. At 11:00 that night a hot bath was feeling mighty good when a call came from Marthy Sumner of Coastal Vet Clinic. Somebody in Hardeeville had a badly injured puppy. It could be heard screaming in the background during the phone call. We pulled our jeans back on and headed for Hardeeville. There we found a small black and white puppy that had been rescued from a neighbor who "thought" she may have accidentally run over the puppy with her car. Not quite. X-rays the next day brought the shocking news there was a bullet lodged in this puppy's spine.

Using the only media available to us, the local newspaper Bluffton Today, we have publicized this rescue and demanded an investigation and prosecution by our Jasper County Sheriff.

Dr Dana Resetarits of Coastal Vet Clinic has been treating little "Buckshot" to reduce the swelling around his bullet wound and enhance her chances of getting this bullet out without paralyzing him. Surgery is now scheduled for Thursday Jan 2nd. Please help us to pray for the success of this surgery and that our Sheriff's Dept finds whoever did this horrible thing to a little puppy, and prosecutes them for it.

All PayPal donations made on our website this month will be used for Buckshot's surgery and care. Donations may also be made on his account at Coastal Vet Clinic (843) 757-1112.

Blossom Loves Quiznos!

The only thing we already knew about Quiznos was they make great sandwiches, especially party trays. A couple of times when we have wanted to really thank a vet’s office we have taken over a tray at lunchtime from Quiznos and it just makes a tremendous hit with everybody.

We learned something new about Quiznos this Saturday. Under all those cold cuts and condiments beats a heart of gold.

Leon and Lindy Aragon, owners of two Bluffton Quiznos, came up to us at the Scarey Tails Costume Party put on by K9 Kabana this Saturday to benefit Maranatha Farm, and asked about our need for $700 to get new surgery for “Blossom” as reported in Friday’s Bluffton Today Pet Page. Reporter Stephanie Ingersoll knows Blossom well, having followed her story ever since we received the pup who was near death from torture with a hammer and screwdriver.

One hole remains to be closed inside Blossom’s mouth so she may be able to eat and breathe normally. The surgery is complicated by the fact that something small was driven deep up inside her nasal cavity, and its presence is causing infection that prevents healing of the nearby surgical sites. Our local veterinarians have done all they can for Blossom. They say we need a specialist, a very talented surgeon from Charleston who has made no promises but says he is willing to try, and his discounted fee for that would be $700.

Leon and Lindy Aragon listened to an explanation of what Blossom needed, and gave us a check from Quiznos to pay the entire amount. I have to confess I was stunned.

When the Lord begins to pour out a blessing, you’d best make sure you have a very large bucket ready. We had already received a generous donation from Bim and Nita Pope, adopters of our 100th pet “Diamond Girl”. The attendance at K9 Kabana’s party was good and people were having a wonderful time. Lisa Duncan’s hard work and investment in the party paid off with another generous amount we can put towards the existing vet bills.

Three Black Dogs partners Holly Zusack, Shelly Wine and Danny Capers manned our Pet Adoption Fair at Neighbors for the day, accomplishing three adoptions and a full donation can. Crates, carriers and several bags of dog food were donated. Over at K9 Kabana we had two adoptions and an outpouring of prayers and support for our work, especially for Blossom.

Thank you so very much, to all of you who have so much faith in Maranatha Farm and who trust us both with your prayers of blessing and your hard-earned dollars. I promise you we will continue to do our very best to help injured and sick homeless animals with the resources you give us, and the greatest of these is love.

Bluffton Family Chiropractic Stuns Maranatha Farm

Dr Kate Aita Houpt of Bluffton Family Chiropractic has brought her family out to Maranatha Farm many times and is always a welcome visitor.

Today she and her father, Dr Jeffrey L. Aita, presented me with a jaw-dropping donation of over $1600.00 collected on our behalf over the past month by dedicating $25 for each new client. A generous portion came from Show Services, Inc. which provided media services for the Aita's recent client appreciation picnic. Tim Bierman donated his entire fee to benefit Maranatha Farm.

For once I was speechless. Bluffton Chiropractic, located next to Publix on Buck Island Road, keeps Dwane pain free and still able to toss around 200-lb tarps. That alone is reason for us to bless them. Their generosity towards our work to help sick and injured homeless animals is just overwhelming.

Riverwalk Animal Hospital and the Spay-Neuter Alliance and Clinic have both been very patient. They will be rewarded on Monday with substantial payments on both accounts. I am so very grateful to everybody who supports our work that words really fail me. "Thank you" is completely inadequate. I pray God will richly bless Drs Kate and Jeffrey!

Now you can search the web and shop to help Maranatha Farm
September 22, 2007

GoodSearch: You Search...We Give! Just click on the Good Search icon and select Maranatha Farm as your charity. Every time you search the web or shop through Good Search money is donated to Maranatha Farm. Its that easy!

IRS grants Tax Exempt Status to Maranatha Farm!

All the puppies are dancing around Yancey's Pond tonight - Maranatha Farm has received our IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status approval! This qualifies us to receive tax deductible donations, grants and gifts. Thanks from the bottom of our hearts to John Emerson of Sun City who prepared this huge application for us.

Many wonderful things have been done to aid our work since we took in brutally injured "Sammy" and "Moose" last December and realized we were on our own, but this single accomplishment is going to make it possible for us to continue rescuing injured, sick and abandoned animals in the numbers that have been coming to us.

This morning we fed 34 dogs, 13 puppies, 2 cats and 2 kittens. A total of 51 four-legged souls depending on a bookkeeper and a truckdriver to provide for them.

Thanks to the generosity of Bluffton Today readers who provide bags of dog food and cash donations, Dr Stacey O'Quinn and Dr Sybil Davis of Riverwalk Animal Hospital, Marthi Sumner of Coastal Vet Clinic, the Spay-Neuter Alliance Clinic (SNAC) and Sara and Darryl Kelly of The Mercantile in Pritchardville, we have been able to provide food and medical care for over 150 animals. Most if not all those animals would have died otherwise.

Volunteers John and Barbara Emerson have been faithful workers and round-the-clock nursing fosters since the beginning. Carol Adams, Holly Zusack, Shelly Wine, Abby Bird, Stephanie Ingersoll, Babs Utley, Danny Capers and Lori Massalon are our hard-core rescuers who will drop everything when an animal is in need.

We enjoy support from Jasper Animal Rescue Mission, Hilton Head Humane Association, Lighthouse Design Group for our wonderful website, Camp Green Dog, Groomingdale's, Neighbors' on Bluffton Parkway, and more than anybody else: Bluffton Today. We would not have the public communication we enjoy, that brings us both adoptions and animals in need, without Bluffton Today.

Forgive me if I sound like this is a Nobel Prize acceptance speech - it's the closest I will ever get. Maranatha Farm is entering a new day and I just can't help sharing it with everybody who has made it happen.

May God bless you all richly for your faithfulness and hard work! 51 little souls on Maranatha Farm give thanks for every one of you tonight.

Open House Nov 3rd
November 3, 2007

Please join us Saturday November 3rd for our First Saturday-Food Saturday Open House at Maranatha Farm. The first 12 people bringing bags of dog food will be given an official Maranatha Farm MuttPuppy stuffed toy as a token of our thanks for this event which helps us gather the ton of Purina Dog Chow and Puppy Chow it takes to feed our homeless dogs and puppies for a month.

Gates open at 11 AM and we will be grilling free hamburgers and hot dogs until 4 PM. Well-behaved dogs are welcome to visit and enjoy running free through the woods and fields, and especially splashing around in Yancey's Pond.

From Bluffton: Take Hwy 278 to I-95 North. Take Exit 21 and turn Right. At the stop sign (Bees Creek Road) turn Left. Drive exactly 2.2 miles. Turn Left onto Crabapple Lane. Go to the end of the road and park in the pasture on your Left.

Please walk down the driveway at #300 Crabapple Lane (black mailbox). Follow orange balloons to a double gate in the fence so the dogs don't get out.

From Beaufort: Take Hwy 170 to the Callawassie light in front of Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority. Turn Right onto Snake Road and go all the way to the end. Turn Right onto Hwy 462. Drive about 10 miles, just past the turnoff for Palm Key and Knowles Island. Take the next Left which is Rice Shire Road. Take the next Left which is Bees Creek Road. At the 45 MPH sign turn Right onto Crabapple Lane. Go to the end of the road and park in the pasture on your Left.

Please walk down the driveway at #300 Crabapple Lane (black mailbox). Follow orange balloons to a double gate in the fence so the dogs don't get out.

Open House Sat Aug 11th
Aug 11, 2007

Please join us Saturday August 11th as we dedicate "Yancey's Pond" and celebrate this wonderful donation for the homeless mutts of Maranatha Farm.

We will be cooking out hot dogs and hamburgers beginning at 11 AM and serving until 4 PM.

Come anytime. You are welcome to meet the adoptable dogs and puppies, cats and kittens.

From Bluffton: Take Hwy 278 to I-95 North. Take Exit 21 and turn Right. At the stop sign (Bees Creek Road) turn Left. Drive exactly 2.2 miles. Turn Left onto Crabapple Lane. Go to the end of the road and park in the pasture on your Left.

Please walk down the driveway at #300 Crabapple Lane (black mailbox). Follow orange balloons to a double gate in the fence so the dogs don't get out.

From Beaufort: Take Hwy 170 to the Callawassie light in front of Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority. Turn Right onto Snake Road and go all the way to the end. Turn Right onto Hwy 462. Drive about 10 miles, just past the turnoff for Palm Key and Knowles Island. Take the next Left which is Rice Shire Road. Take the next Left which is Bees Creek Road. At the 45 MPH sign turn Right onto Crabapple Lane. Go to the end of the road and park in the pasture on your Left.

Please walk down the driveway at #300 Crabapple Lane (black mailbox). Follow orange balloons to a double gate in the fence so the dogs don't get out.

We're Blown Away!

Encore Construction, aided by Palmetto Ready-Mix and The Garden Artist have been building a beautiful concrete wading pool for the dogs to enjoy on these hot summer days.

People often express their wish to help with our work, but we realize that most of the time the dream never materializes. Daily life makes too many demands on time and resources.

Adopters Ryan and Donna Chaffin spent a good bit of time at the farm selecting their puppy last month. One of the things Ryan, a construction job superintendent, notriced was we were having trouble keeping water in a shallow pond we'd dug for the dogs. Their nails poked through every liner we tried, and the soil is so sandy it drains overnight.

"What you need there is 4 inches of concrete!" Ryan declared, and we agreed. "Let me make some calls," he said. "I think we can get this done."

We were already happy with Ryan and Donna as adopters for "Yancey" a little Yellow Lab mix puppy. We didn't give much serious thought to his offer, even when he called back later and said everything was arranged, he would be back Saturday morning with a crew to get started.

Imagine our surprise when Saturday morning came and Encore Constructrion, the company Ryan works for, came through the big stock gates in a convoy led by a huge backhoe/front end loader.

In no time at all the whole front yard was turned upside down, and what had been a mudpit was transformed into the outline of an oval pool.

Tuesday morning the big concrete truck arrived from Palmetto Readi-Mix and the wading pool became a reality.

This week the drain and electrical work will be completed. Patrick Judd will install a waterfall and skimmer at the deep (3') end of the pool. We'll scatter a few bales of hay around the bare spots and invite the mutts to play.

Most of them already play in the little plastic wading pools we have, so we know they are going to love this grand pond built just for them.

Dwane and I are just blown away by the generosity and hard work of these wonderful people.

Some of the pictures have been loaded into our photo page.

Saturday August 11th Maranatha Farm is having an "Open House" all day to celebrate the completion of "Yancey's Pond". We hope folks will come out and meet the animals and help us thank everybody involved.

New Location for Pet Adoption Fair
July 14, 2007

Due to the heat outdoors we have temporarily suspended the Pet Adoption Fair from Neighbors on Bluffton Parkway. Saturday July 14 and July 21 we will be showing our adoptable pets indoors at the new Petco in Walterboro (Exit #57 in front of Wal-Mart) from 11 AM til 3 PM. Saturday July 21st will actually be this Petco's "Grand Opening" with free gifts for shoppers. We don't know at this time if we will be back in Walterboro after the 21st so we hope people will come by and let us know if they want us back in Walterboro.

First "Seniors for Seniors" Adoption

Claire and Jack Young of Sun City have become the first to adopt a pet under Maranatha Farm’s new “Seniors for Seniors” program.

The “Seniors for Seniors” program seeks to enhance health and longevity for seniors by placing an adult pet into the home at no cost. Monthly heartworm prevention and all future medical costs for the animal continue to be provided by Maranatha Farm, while the senior adopter supplies food, exercise and flea control.

The Young’s first choice was a strong young husky mix neutered male, but it was quickly evident that the 75-lb dog would be too much for 88-year old Jack to handle. A perfect match was found in “Dixie Belle”, a 7-month old German Shepherd mix spayed female. “Dixie Belle” is gentle as a butterfly yet large enough not to present tripping danger.

“Dixie Belle” was a little shy for her first few hours in her new home but responded very positively to all the attention and petting the Youngs lavished on her.

Medical studies have shown that pet ownership enhances both the quality and duration of life for seniors. Maranatha Farm is just as dedicated to serving the needs of adopters as well as homeless animals, thus the program was born following an inquiry in a Bluffton Today online blog early last April.

A local canvas of potential senior adopters revealed three reasons they had not yet chosen an animal: (1) concern about the cost of providing heartworm prevention and other possible future medical needs (2) desire to be free to travel and (3) provision for the animal should it outlive the adopter. Maranatha Farm provides free boarding for all adopted animals, and will take the animal back if the adopter becomes unable to care for it for any reason.

Through the “Seniors for Seniors” program, adult dogs which might otherwise not ever find a home are able to enjoy the love and attention of a fulltime owner, and Maranatha Farm’s commitment to never kill an animal to make room for another is fulfilled.

Vets Donate Free Wellness Exams for Adoptees

Bluffton Vet Hospital, Coastal Vet Clinic and Riverwalk Animal Hospital have now joined Animal Medical Center of Hilton Head in offering free initial wellness examinations to our adoptees. Please be certain to make use of this generous gift in the first few days after receiving your new Maranatha Farm pet!

Animal Medical Center of Hilton Head is at #8 Fish Haul Road, Hlton Head Island, SC. (843) 681-5080

Bluffton Veterinary Hospital is on Bluffton Parkway across from Neighbors. (843) 815-5989

Coastal Veterinary Clinic is at 21 Buck Island Road (Westbury Park), Bluffton, SC (843) 757-1112.

Riverwalk Animal Hospital is at 58 Browns Cove Rd in Riverwalk Business Park on Hwy 170 near Sun City. (843) 987-0844.

Thank you to all these dedicated vets and staffs who help us get and keep these little ones healthy! We could not do it without your selfless support.

Rottweiler Rescued from Basement Dungeon

"Liberty" was chained to the wall in a dark basement. Forgotten, starvation and thirst nearly claimed her. A visitor sensed the odor and asked about the dog, and was told she had been given away. The memory gnawed at him though, and became a suspicion. Animal Control police were called. They found Liberty in horiffic conditions.

The dog crawled toward them pitifully through the filth of her surroundings. Her metal pan was worn shiny where she had licked and gnawed at it in her anguish. A bark collar had shocked her every time she tried to call out for help. Her bones protruded through her matted coat, but her eyes were huge with joy at human contact.

Liberty's owners had no previous offences and were given Probation.

Liberty started putting on weight in Animal Control and she is still a good 30 lbs underweight. She sits for attention and presses her head against you. This dog has the great heart of a survivor. She is going to be magnificent when she is filled out.

Animal Control Officers take a lot of criticism because their job requires them to euthanize the unwanted animals discarded by the public they serve. The fact is Animal Control Officers love all animals and dedicate their lives to protecting them. "Liberty" was saved twice, first from her abusive owners and again when she ran out of time and no one wanted to adopt her from the shelter. Animal Control kept calling us until we made room for her. Today "Liberty" is recovering both mentally and physically in the home of a loving adopter. Her new family includes other beautiful Rottweilers. She has so many health problems her recovery is slow, but her new owners are patient and doing all they can to help her to heal.

Brody Needs Our Help

Brody, a 12-year old Black Lab has been fighting cancer for several months. His family has done all they can for him, now other financial pressures are making it difficult for them to keep him comfortable with pain medication. Even facing the reality of providing him with his final release is another financial hit. Maranatha Farm is going to see to it that Brody gets what he needs, without intruding on his family's privacy. We think they have been through enough.

From today, April 17th, through Sunday April 22nd, all PayPal donations made on this website will be used for Brody's medical bills and final expenses.

I Didn't Do My Job

I didn't do my job right last week, and now a heart has been broken because of it. At our Pet Adoption Fair last Saturday a young nurse from Beaufort fell in love with "Ivory", a little Yellow Lab puppy who had been thrown from a moving car in Georgia two weeks earlier.

The nurse filled out her application and we set up her home visit for later in the week. There were several adoptions last weekend, references to call, health records to check, somehow I overlooked calling the nurse's landlord to verify she had permission to own a puppy who would become a large breed dog. Somehow when she got permission from The Preserve, they thought she was getting a 20-lb dog.

The nurse’s vet reference checked out fine, and I went to do her home visit. She had a crate, a lovely soft little fleece bed and a pile of toys waiting for her new baby. Obviously she had thought this out and was committed to caring for a dog. We went to my truck and she received her puppy with joy. I felt great all the way home. Two weeks earlier the puppy had been thin and filthy dirty, tossed from a moving vehicle into a pile of weeds. A Deputy had rescued her and her brother, unhurt but terrified. Now the pup was set for life. This is what we DO at Maranatha Farm, I congratulated myself.

Yesterday the nurse brought the puppy back to me at the Pet Adoption Fair, her pretty face streaming with tears. The Preserve restricts the number of large dogs on their property by requiring an exhorbitant deposit – it would cost $600 for her to keep “Ivory”!

Unfair as this policy is, the fault for her broken heart is mine. If I had called the rental office as I am supposed to, I would have quickly been told that a Yellow Lab puppy was not welcome.

A nurse is a caring, tender person who dedicates their lives to helping others. This young woman did not blame me for her pain. I know that I’m responsible for it and nothing I can do now will ever make it up to her. Perhaps if I make certain that I remember her tears when I sit down to do my job in the future, it won’t happen again.

Esther Needs Surgery

"Esther" is just a little brown dog a rescuer dragged from under a house where she'd had puppies. With horror, we realized her left eyelids are turned completely in towards her eyeball, causing very painful irritation and constant tearing. This poor dog tries to hide from the light all the time. We got her to Dr Stacy O'Quinn of Riverwalk Animal Hospital, who is going to perform surgery on Wednesday, April 18th to correct the condition and relieve the pain Esther has probably known since she was born.

Update: April 18th Dr. O'Quinn's surgery on Esther was very successful. Even with stitches in her eyelids, Esther looks much happier than we have ever seen her. Thank God we found Esther, and thank God for Dr. O'Quinn who ended her pain.

Riverwalk Animal Hospital

The suffering of many very sick or injured animals has been relieved by Dr Sybil Davis and Dr Stacy O'Quinn and the staff at Riverwalk Animal Hospital. Their devotion to treatment of the animals comes first. We could not do this work without their support. Riverwalk Animal Hospital is located behind Riverwalk Industrial Park near Pearlstine's on Hwy 170, Okatie. The secret to finding them is to drive into the industrial park, turn right at each of the two stop signs, and they are the first building on your left. The phone number is (843) 987-0844.

Dr Ed Lambert

Dr Ed Lambert of the Animal Medical Center of Hilton Head Island has been a longtime helpful partner for Maranatha Farm. He and his wife Lori are very active in rescue and we depend upon them for advice as well as medical treatments. Dr Lambert is available 24-hours a day for emergencies. The number at their 8 Fishhaul Road office on Hilton Head Island, behind the public airport, is 681-5080.

A New Website

Thanks to Lighthouse Design Group for donating this beautifully designed and appealing website! We pray God will bless these fine people for their work to benefit homeless and abused animals. David and Martha Golding may be reached at (843) 757-5109 or click on their link at the bottom of our home page.