Client Spotlight: Hawaii Island Humane Society

August 16, 2018 | La Boit Specialty Vehicles | Client Spotlight, Veterinary | No Comments

Let’s say you live halfway around the world from Ohio, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and dream of a mobile spay/neuter clinic built by a leader in the industry.

Step 1: Get fundraising! Work with community partners to raise the funds to purchase the mobile spay/neuter clinic of your dreams.

Step 2: Consult with La Boit Specialty Vehicles to design and build the beautiful, 26 feet long, mobile spay/neuter clinic of your dreams.

Step 3: Undertake the logistical task of getting the nearly six ton mobile clinic of your dreams halfway around the world.

Step 4: Put that clinic to work helping all the animals you can, all while enjoying the sunshine in a year-round tropical paradise.

Of course, we’re talking about Hawaii Island Humane Society, which recently took delivery of their first La Boit-built mobile spay neuter clinic.

Located in Kailua Kona, the Hawaii Island Humane Society (HIHS) traces its roots back to 1965 as an organization to serve homeless, injured, and abandoned pets. Fast forward 50 years, and HIHS runs three separate shelters, serving nearly 13,000 animals last year, and is the “only open-admittance shelter on the Big Island with no time limits,” according to their website.

When they finally decided that a mobile option would help them reach the more rural parts of the island, they knew it would be a large fundraising task.  HIHS’s Fund Development Director, Whitney Sickels, spearheaded the effort. Like many non-profit organizations that add a vehicle to their services, HIHS used a combination of many small individual donations from everyday people and a large matching donation from a non-profit foundation.

In March, Sickels told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald that the residents of Hawaii really came through to make the vehicle a reality.

“The overwhelming response and generosity from the community was inspiring because it really shows the community realizes we have this (pet) overpopulation problem and wants to help. The clinic is for the community and purchased by the community, so it was really nice to see that.”

Great. After much work and planning, step one, done. Next, Sickels and other stakeholders within HIHS worked extensively with the team at La Boit to design that dream vehicle. We asked Sickels to describe the process to us in an email:

“From start to finish we were very impressed with La Boit Specialty Vehicles’ level of service. Ordering a custom-built mobile spay and neuter clinic from the chassis up seems very daunting, but their knowledgeable and experienced team made it very simple – and fun! The quality of their work is remarkable, they treat you like family, and we are so very happy with our brand new, state-of-the-art mobile clinic.”

Perfect. Step 2, done. Now, getting the truck all the way from Ohio to the Big Island. Sickels, with help from her dad, drove the clinic through 10 states to California, posting pics of their journey all along the way.  Then, the truck was put on a boat to make the long journey across the Pacific. All in all, the trip took about three weeks.

Almost there! Step 3, done. Once it arrived, the clinic was stocked with supplies while the veterinarians got to know the inside of the clinic. One month later, the clinic performed its first free surgery at an event at HIHS’s Animal Community Center.  They plan to continue to offer free surgeries with the help of donations at a variety of different locations, everywhere from farmer’s markets to churches.  Response has been great, with waiting lists forming for many of the events.

And there you have it! The final step in completing your mission to helping control pet overpopulation on the Big Island of Hawaii.

From La Boit Specialty Vehicles, to the entire team at Hawaii Island Humane Society, enjoy your new truck and do many great things with it for your community! Mahalo!

About La Boit Specialty Vehicles

La Boit Specialty Vehicles president Gil Blais first started La Boit in his garage, where he hand-made organizational boxes for traveling veterinarians. Fast forward 37 years, La Boit Specialty Vehicles is now a leader in specialty vehicle manufacturing for the Veterinary, Spay/Neuter/Adoption, Dental, Medical, Command, and Bloodmobile industries.

La Boit Specialty Vehicles offers a variety of vehicles to suit your needs, from 18ft pull-behind trailers to 40ft drivable coaches, none of which require a CDL to drive. Best of all, our vehicles are commercially-built from the chassis up for your specific needs, and are never converted RVs.

Mission Statement:

Helping professionals around the world confidently deliver a higher level of service to their local markets by providing the highest quality custom mobile units in the industry!

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