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Last Chance Refuge for Maui's Injured Animals

Some know it as the Boo Boo Zoo.  The East Maui Refuge Center is a No Kill shelter for animals of all kinds.  The facility has existed for 40 years and operates thanks to its volunteer staff who care for some 500 creatures, furry, feathered, and hoofed.  

Catherine Cruz paid a visit there recently and talked to founder Silvan Schwab. It’s a rather startling sight for folks who haven’t seen the barn red compound and there’s definitely no getting away from the menagerie of sounds. From peacocks to chickens, pueo to deer, horses, and goats. Such is life at the “last chance” shelter.

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