For Release: February 13, 2007
Contact: Stephen Razo 951-697-5217, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
BLM Announces Upcoming Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Schedule
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will offer an excellent selection of wild mustangs and burros to qualified adopters at three upcoming wild horse and burro adoptions throughout southern California. And, BLM will deliver your adopted animal(s), free of charge, to an approved facility within 150 miles of the BLM Ridgecrest horse corrals. This service is provided to encourage potential adopters who can not find reasonable transportation to participate in the program. The minimum bid is $125 per animal.
On February 24-25, Galway Downs, located in Temecula, will host its first ever BLM adoption. Potential adopters may view the animals on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:00 a.m. BLM staff will accept adoption applications Friday afternoon and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Silent, competitive bidding will take place 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. Galway Downs is located on Highway 79, six miles east of Interstate 15.
The San Bernardino Fairgrounds located in Victorville is the site for an adoption on March 10-11. Ingalls Park in Norco will host a BLM wild horse and burro adoption on April 14 and 15. The same adoption procedures for Galway Down will apply to the Victorville and Norco adoptions.
The animals were gathered from public lands in California, Nevada, Oregon, Colorado, and Wyoming as a result of overpopulation, drought, and loss of habitat caused by wildfires. They're vaccinated, wormed, and healthy . . . but homeless . . . and looking for someone - possibly you - to give them a good home.
Individuals must be at least 18 years old 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 may adopt up to four animals.
The process is called an "adoption" because BLM retains title to the animal for one year after the adoption. During this time, adopters cannot sell their adopted animal.
For more information about the bureau's Adopt-A-Horse or Burro Program contact BLM at (800) 951-8720 or visit the wild horse and burro webpage at http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/wild_horse_and_burro.1.html
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