Adoption Information

Adoptions suspended because of virus outbreak

The BLM has suspended wild horse and burro adoptions in Arizona because of an outbreak of vesticular stomatitis virus (VSV) in the state. Adoption returns are also suspended.

No animals held by the BLM are infected; the suspension of adoptions is a precautionary measure.

VSV is not deadly, but is painful. It can spread from animal to animal within a herd. US Department of Agriculture standards are to quarantine infected animals for at least 21 days after lesions in the last affected animal are healed.

BLM Arizona has almost 800 animals at the Florence Wild Horse and Burro Training and Holding Facility. Movement of animals in and out of the facility is restricted until at least June 15 as a precaution.

Wild horse and burros at the Florence facility are monitored by a veterinarian weekly.

Address questions to Roger Oyler, the BLM Arizona wild horse and burro manager, at 602-417-9421 or r2oyler@blm.gov.


Florence Wild Horse and Burro Training and Holding Facility - Florence, Arizona

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Arizona adopts about 120 wild horses and burros each year.  Wild horses and burros will be offered for adoption by appointment only at the Florence Wild Horse and Burro Training and Holding Facility, also known as the Wild Horse Inmate Program.  In 2013, the BLM and the Arizona Department of Corrections, Arizona Correctional Industries formed a partnership creating the WHIP, which is administered from the BLM Arizona State Office.  Select wild horses and burros are trained by inmates who undergo on the job training.

You Can Adopt a BLM Wild Horse or Burro in Arizona Year Round

BLM holds adoptions at the Correctional Complex in Florence, Arizona by appointment only. You can usually choose from up to 500 wild horses and burros. Minimum adoption fee is $125 per untrained animal, $700 for saddle trained horse, $200 for halter trained horse and $200 for a trained burro. 

The fee for trained animals is payable to the Arizona Correctional Industries, and the BLM fee is not included. The adoption fee payable to the Department of the Interior/BLM is $125 per animal.

You must be a pre-approved adopter in order to make an appointment.  Please schedule your appointment in advance to allow staff time to prepare.

To request an adoption application or directions to the facility, call the BLM office at 602-417-9421 or download an application here.

Individuals interested in adopting a wild horse or burro may obtain information from the Bureau of Land Management by:
  • Writing: BLM Arizona State Office, One North Central Ave., Suite 800, Phoenix, AZ 85004, Attention: Roger Oyler or
  • Calling the Arizona State Office at 602-417-9421

All animals adopted must be picked up in an approved trailer. Adopters provide transportation, halter, and lead rope for each animal adopted.

Visit the BLM National Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Schedule for dates and locations nationwide.

For application, adoption procedures or more information call our toll-free number 1-866-4MUSTANGS (866-468-7826), in Phoenix (623) 580-5500, or visit the National website


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