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Tucson Field Office
Release Date: 04/23/13
Contacts: Diane Drobka, 928-348-4403,    

Wild Horses and Burros Coming to Sonoita

Tucson, Ariz. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking good homes for wild horses and burros during its upcoming adoption to be held May 17-19, 2013, in Sonoita, Arizona.  An opportunity to see and adopt these living legends will take place at the Sonoita Fairgrounds, located at 3142 S. Highway 83 in Sonoita.  To get there, take Interstate 10 to Exit 281 onto State Route 83 and go south for 26 miles. At the intersection, of 83 and 82, continue ¼ mile to the fairground. 

The BLM anticipates having 25 horses and 10 burros available for adoption. These animals and their historic herds are truly unique animals that embody the best characteristics of endurance and agility.  For more than 30 years, these adopted horses and burros have found their way not only into the hearts of thousands of recreational riders, but also into show and rodeo arenas.  Burros, noted as great for packing, make exceptional guard and companion animals. Since its Adopt-a-Wild Horse or Burro program began in 1973, the BLM has successfully found homes for more than 207,000 animals into caring environments.

Adoption Schedule
Friday, May 17 – Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Preview animals
  • Submit applications for approval to adopt animals
  • Gentling demonstration with Randy Helm - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 18 – Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Starting at 9 a.m., the adoption begins for approved adopters on a first-come, first-select basis. The adoption fee is $125. Each adopter has an opportunity to “Adopt-A-Buddy Horse” for an additional fee of $25. 
  • Loading/transport home of adopted animals
  • Gentling demonstration with Randy Helm - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 19 – Open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Adoption continues on a first-come, first-select basis
  • Loading/transport home of adopted animals
  • Gentling demonstration with Randy Helm - 10:00 a.m.

Adoption fees may be made by cash, check, or major credit card and will be processed immediately after selection.  BLM staff will load each animal, with the adopter’s halter and lead rope, into an acceptable trailer provided by the adopter. 

The BLM offers wild horses and burros gathered from public lands in the West to qualified adopters who must demonstrate humane care for the animal for a year in order to receive title. To qualify to adopt, you must be 18 years of age, have approved facilities to keep the animal, and transportation home for the animal from the adoption site. For more information and adoption qualifications, please call the BLM at 1-866-4MUSTANGS (468-7826) or visit the BLM’s website at

Next Arizona Adoption:  
Show Low, Arizona, August 16-18, 2013

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

Last updated: 05-03-2013