For Release: Nov. 6, 2007
Contact: Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332
Prospective Horse, Burro Adopters Can Preview Animals Online
Horse and burro enthusiasts considering adopting an animal from an upcoming Bureau of Land Management adoption event in northern California can use the Internet to get a preview look at nearly 40 available animals.
Photos of most of the mustangs and burros at the Litchfield, Calif. corrals are posted at http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/prog/wild_horse_and_burro/litchfield_adoption.html.
“This online catalog nicely shows the quality of the horses and burros we have available for this adoption event,” said Doug Satica, lead wrangler at the corrals.
Gates open at 8 a.m. for the one-day adoption event that features weanling colts and fillies (under a year old) mares and geldings from 2 to 5 years old and wild burros of all ages.
An hour of silent bidding begins at 9 a.m. Animals not taken during bidding will be available on a first-come, first served basis for a $125 adoption fee.
“All of these animals are certified healthy and ready to train for pleasure riding, work or competition,” Satica said. “We provide complete health and vaccination records so adopters can work with their veterinarians to set up health care programs for their adopted animals.”
Adopted wild horses and burros initially remain property of the federal government. After providing a year of good care, adopters can receive title.
To qualify, adopters must be at least 18 and have no convictions for inhumane treatment of animals. They must provide corral space that meets BLM requirements.
Complete information on the adoption program, including adoption requirements and corral specifications, is available at www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov or by calling toll free, 866-4MUSTANGS. Information on the horses available at Litchfield is available from the Litchfield Corrals, (530) 254-6575.
Horses and burros up for adoption were gathered by the BLM to manage wild populations that share public ranges with wildlife and permitted livestock. There are about 29,000 wild horses and burros on public lands in nine western states, including California.
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