They say you can’t put a price tag on love. Recently, GSA helped give credence to that hallowed expression when we helped complete the important donation of an essential piece of personal property—a horse named Chester—from the Department of Interior National Park Service’s (NPS) operations at Haleakala National Park in Makawao, Hawaii, to the local and certified Souza Ranch at Haiku on the island of Maui, Hawaii.
Although Chester had an original acquisition value listed at $4,301, his intrinsic and emotional value went far beyond that, as he spent the majority of his 18 years of equine life carrying supplies and park personnel through the “House of the Sun” crater, the spectacular hallmark of the mountainous park. When it was time to retire the horse, the NPS-Haleakala turned to GSA’s Center for Expertise for Disposal of Animals in the Mid-Atlantic Region for assistance. The center helped NPS-Haleakala navigate disposal requirements to ensure that the horse the staff had come to love, in return for his dedicated federal service, would receive a safe and happy home.
And a happy home was found indeed! This was confirmed by an October 9 e-mail from NPS-Haleakala in which GSA received a hearty “mahalo” from the park (thank you) from the park service and a confirmation that Chester was “one happy horse”.