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Release Date: 09/23/09
Contacts: Jeff Fontana , 530-252-5332  
News Release No. CA-N-09-87

Wild Horse Adoption Day Event planned at BLM Litchfield Corrals near Susanville

Young wild horses and burros will be available for public adoption Saturday, Sept. 26, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Bureau of Land Management Litchfield Wild Horse and Burro Corrals, 21 miles east of Susanville on U. S. Highway 395.

The BLM will offer 20 mares from 1 to 6 years old, and 13 burros, aged 2 to 8. The adoption fee is $125, with adoptions on a first-come, first-served basis.

The event is part of the first National Wild Horse Adoption Day in the United States. A goal of 1,000 adoptions has been set for the first National Wild Horse Adoption Day with events taking place in 19 states across the country.

The BLM estimates that about 33,000 mustangs and 3,800 burros roam public lands in the western states In order to manage the herds and maintain both land and herd health, the BLM oversees the adoption of wild horses and burros through public adoptions held throughout the United States. Since 1973, more than 220,000 wild horses and burros have been adopted.

Horses between the ages of 1 and 6 years old are typically selected from the herds for adoption, but a horse of any age can fit into the right farm or ranch.  For many mustang adopters, having the opportunity to work with a horse or burro with a storied past and an unconventional upbringing brings a unique and special element to their relationship.

The groups supporting National Wild Horse Adoption Day, in addition to the BLM, include Wild Horses 4 Ever, the American Horse Protection Association, the Mustang Heritage Foundation and The Humane Society of the United States.

The groups are working together to educate Americans about wild horse issues while promoting adoption of BLM wild horses through adoption events, training programs and motivational experiences.

“In actuality, every day is adoption day in the United States, but National Wild Horse Adoption Day is designed to bring attention to the need for adoption to the American public, and especially those who have an interest in horse ownership,” said Julie Bryant, event coordinator. “BLM facilities across the nation offer wild horses for adoption on a regular basis with adoption fees starting at $125.  With National Wild Horse Adoption Day, the BLM along with trainers and other mustang advocates will be able to offer both saddle trained and halter trained animals.”

The goal of 1,000 horses adopted through a National Adoption Day program could create a savings of more than $1,500,000 for the BLM and the American taxpayer.

For more information on Adoption Day events or how to volunteer, go to or call 817-559-5650.

For additional information on the adoption event or wild horse management, contact the BLM toll free at 1-866-4MUSTANGS.  Information is also available online at


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