About the Boo Boo Zoo at the East Maui Animal Refuge

Love Truly is Helping the Helpless

The East Maui Animal Refuge also known as The Boo Boo Zoo is a no-kill, all volunteer-run, non profit, rehabilitation sanctuary for injured and orphaned animals who would otherwise die.

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About the
Boo Boo Zoo

At the East Maui

Animal Refuge

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Love Truly is Helping the Helpless

The East Maui Animal Refuge also known as The Boo Boo Zoo is a no-kill, all volunteer-run, non profit, rehabilitation sanctuary for injured and orphaned animals who would otherwise die.

Sylvan and Suzie at the East Maui Animal Refuge in Haiku AKA The Boo Boo Zoo

Sylvan and Suzie

EMAR began in 1977 as a unique therapy program for Suzie Schwab, who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Sylvan, her husband noticed that caring for an injured bird gave Suzie the strength to fight her illness.  As a result, he began bringing home more animals in need of her tender loving care.

Miraculously, the love Suzie showered upon the animals contributed to her complete recovery from cancer! Her therapy program developed into a unique rehabilitation center, with 300-400 animals being cared for at any given time.

Most of the animals come to EMAR animal sanctuary with injuries or “boo boos” of one type or another and so the Refuge came to be known as the “Boo Boo Zoo.”

After 40 years of constant service and attention to the animals, Suzie passed away on July 22, 2018. Suzie reminded us how precious the gift of life is. That unconditional love is the gift we all can give. Living by this, our mission will continue to thrive. Thank you for helping keep that message alive.

Sylvan and Suzie at the East Maui Animal Refuge in Haiku AKA The Boo Boo Zoo

Sylvan and Suzie

EMAR began in 1977 as a unique therapy program for Suzie Schwab, who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Sylvan, her husband noticed that caring for an injured bird gave Suzie the strength to fight her illness.  As a result, he began bringing home more animals in need of her tender loving care.

Miraculously, the love Suzie showered upon the animals contributed to her complete recovery from cancer! Her therapy program developed into a unique rehabilitation center, with 300-400 animals being cared for at any given time.

Most of the animals come to EMAR animal sanctuary with injuries or “boo boos” of one type or another and so the Refuge came to be known as the “Boo Boo Zoo.”

After 40 years of constant service and attention to the animals, Suzie passed away on July 22, 2018. Suzie reminded us how precious the gift of life is. That unconditional love is the gift we all can give. Living by this, our mission will continue to thrive. Thank you for helping keep that message alive.

Watch A Day in the Life at the

East Maui Animal Refuge

Watch A Day in the Life at the

East Maui Animal Refuge

Volunteers at the East Maui Animal Refuge in Haiku AKA The Boo Boo Zoo

How Can I Help?

VOLUNTEER

Our volunteers mean the world to us. Some have been with us for years and some are new to us.  Without our dedicated Volunteers, EMAR simply could not exist.  We are so grateful for their unwavering dedication and generous gift of time and love.

DONATE

Not everyone can donate time.  With a monthly operating expense of over $20,000 the donations from our generous sponsors make it possible for EMAR to treat and comfort animals in need.

Please join us in the spirit of helping the helpless.

Volunteers at the East Maui Animal Refuge in Haiku AKA The Boo Boo Zoo

How Can I Help?

VOLUNTEER

Our volunteers mean the world to us. Some have been with us for years and some are new to us.  Without our dedicated Volunteers, EMAR simply could not exist.  We are so grateful for their unwavering dedication and generous gift of time and love.

DONATE

Not everyone can donate time.  With a monthly operating expense of over $20,000 the donations from our generous sponsors make it possible for EMAR to treat and comfort animals in need.

Please join us in the spirit of helping the helpless.