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The History of EMAR

EMAR began in 1977 as a unique therapy program for Suzie Schwab, who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Her husband Sylvan noticed that caring for an injured bird gave Suzie the strength to fight her illness,
and he began bringing home more animals in need of her tender loving care.

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

As all the animals have come to EMAR with injuries or "boo boos" of one type or another,
the Refuge has come to be known as the "Boo Boo Zoo."




Suzie gives undivided attention to Bam Bam, an orphaned feral goat. As all the animals have come to EMAR with injuries or "boo boos" of one type or another.
Suzie and Sylvan nurse an Axis deer back to health after a leg injury.


The East Maui Animal Refuge (EMAR) is a no-kill, all volunteer run, non profit,
rehabilitation sanctuary for injured and orphaned animals who would otherwise die.

EMAR is licensed by both the State and Federal Department of Fish and Wildlife to rehabilitate animals
- including threatened and endangered species.


If you would like to support this life-saving work, please make a donation by clicking on the Donation button below.

Thank you so much for your support!!!

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