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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.

EMAR Today



We are a non-profit, no-kill facility, volunteer based, supported solely by public donations

Today Sylvan and Suzie are aided by a staff of dedicated volunteers who clean kennels, feed and otherwise care for the animals, and help with facilities maintenance. Our veterinary care is provided by Dr. Moyer at Upcountry Veterinary Service in Makawao, who donates his time. The ability to meet the mounting expenses of veterinary supplies and medications, food, and shelter is solely dependent on private donations. Caring people make these life-saving efforts possible.

EMAR has varied opportunities for those who wish to contribute. Money, of course, is always very, very welcome as we are run solely by the financial support of others! All contributions are tax deductible. If you wish to contribute, you can simply click on the "Make a Donation" button above!

Our newest program is Animal Sponsorship. It's a great way for your monthly donation to help an animal in need.

For more information, or to make a tax-deductible donation, email us at: thebooboozoo@gmail.com or write or call:


25 Malu Aina Place

Haiku, Hawaii 96708

(808) 572-8308

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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