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For Release:  July 16, 2007                                                                
Contact:  Stephen Razo 951-697-5217  Email: srazo@ca.blm.gov

Wild Horses, Burros Available for Adoption in Lakeside

Wild mustangs and burros will be offered to qualified adopters at the Pillsbury Land and Livestock Company in Lakeside, Calif. July 20-22 through the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Adopt-A-Horse or Burro Program. There are sixty mustangs and twenty burros available for adoption. The Pillsbury Land and Livestock Company is located at 13036 Willow Road in Lakeside, Calif.
Potential adopters may view the animals on Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. BLM staff will approve adoption applications from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 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. The adoption will be conducted by silent competitive bid Saturday morning only, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., which provides all adopters an equal opportunity to adopt the animal of their choice. 
The minimum competitive bid for gentled horses will start at $125.00 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 and Sunday. All mares, four years old and older, may be adopted for $25. Also, during this adoption, any animal that has been present at two previous adoptions and not selected will be offered for the starting price of $25. 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. BLM wranglers will load animals on to 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 compliance officer 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, 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 Lakeside 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.


California Desert District Office – 22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, Ca - (909) 697-5200


Last updated: 07-24-2007