For Release: February 5, 2007
Contact: Stephen Razo 951-697-5217, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Third Annual Valentine’s Day Adoption Scheduled
Wild mustangs and burros will be offered to qualified adopters at the Ridgecrest Regional Adoption Center in Ridgecrest on February 10 through the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Adopt-A-Horse or Burro Program.
Potential adopters may view the animals on Saturday beginning at 7:00 a.m. BLM staff will approve adoption applications from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. BLM does offer and will deliver your adopted animal(s), free of charge, to the approved facility within 150 miles from the corrals. This service is provided to encourage potential adopters who can not find reasonable transportation to participate in the program.
The adoption will be conducted by silent competitive bid Saturday morning only from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., which provides all adopters an equal opportunity to adopt the animal of their choice. Adopters will receive a bidder number once their application is approved, which they must have to participate in the competitive bid portion of the adoption. Gentling demonstrations will be conducted between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
The minimum fee for the competitive bid for the gentled horses will start at $125 per animal. Animals not selected during the competitive bid will be available for adoption on a first come, first served basis for the remainder of Saturday. Adoption fees may be paid by cash, check, or credit card.
Individuals must be at least 18 years old, a resident of the United States, and have no convictions for inhumane treatment of animals. Adopters also must have adequate facilities, the financial means to care for the animal(s), and should have some experience training or raising a horse or burro. Qualified individuals with proper facilities may adopt up to four animals.
Adopters should bring a nylon web halter and 20-foot, cotton lead rope for each animal. A stock trailer will be required to transport the animal(s). Drop-ramp trailers will not be allowed. The wranglers will load the animals into the trailers.
The process is called an "adoption" because BLM retains title to the animal for one year after the adoption. During the year, a BLM or designated representative will visit each adopter to ensure the animal is being cared for and has a good home. During this time, adopters cannot sell their adopted animal. Adopters must notify BLM if the animal is moved.
After the first year, adopters may apply for title. BLM will pass title of the animal if all the stipulations of the adoption agreement have been met. The animal becomes the private property of the adopter only after BLM transfers title, which completes the adoption process.
The mustangs and burros were gathered from public lands in California and Nevada, and have been wormed and vaccinated and are in excellent health. BLM monitors the herds and removes animals when they begin to over populate their herd area. The removals ensure the rangelands will remain healthy for the remaining wild horses and burros, native wildlife, and permitted livestock
For more information about the Ridgecrest adoption or the Bureau's Adopt-A-Horse or Burro Program contact BLM at (760) 384-5765, or toll free at 1-800-951-8720.