For Release: Sept. 24, 2007
Contact: Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332
BLM Offers Burros for Adoption at Longears Cele'Bray'tion
Wild horses and burros, healthy and ready to train, will be offered for public adoption Saturday, Oct.13, during the annual Longears Cele‘bray’tion, a fun-filled donkey and mule show at the Tehama County Fairgrounds in Red Bluff.
The Bureau of Land Management will offer 20 wild horses ranging in age from under 2 to about 4 years old, and 10 burros on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 9 a.m. at the Pauline Davis Pavilion. Interested adopters can preview the animals when they arrive Friday, Oct. 12, at about 2 p.m.
Owners of mules and burros will compete Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14, in traditional and slightly off-beat gymkhana, driving, halter and show events as part of the Longears Cele'bray'tion. Organizers said there will be plenty of entertainment for spectators.
“During these two days we set aside the serious nature of traditional equine shows and just have some fun,” said organizer Virginia Freeman of Artois. “We’ll compete in the Outhouse Trot, a Pony Express Relay, Gold Rush Race, Pancake Race, Pack Scramble, and jumping contests,” she said.
“We also want to show people that adopting a wild horse, burro or mule from the BLM adoption program is a fun and rewarding experience,” Freeman added.
Admission is free for spectators. There are fees for various events. Food and refreshments will be available on site at the “Burro Bistro.” Complete entry information and registration forms are available at www.ears4fun.com.
Those who plan to adopt a burro from the BLM must complete an adoption application on site. They must be at least 18, and be able to provide facilities that meet BLM specifications.
Adopters must provide a pen with at least 400 square feet of living space per animal. Pens must be surrounded by a four-and-half-foot fence built of pipe or boards. Adopted burros must be kept in this enclosure until they can be approached, handled, haltered and led. Adopted animals initially remain the property of the U. S. government. After providing a year of good care adopters can receive title.
More information on the adoption program is available by calling the BLM toll free at 866-4MUSTANGS or by visiting www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov.
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