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California Desert District
Release Date: 04/06/10
Contacts: David Briery (951) 697-5220 or Steve Razo (951) 697-5217    
News Release No. CA-CDD-10-53

Wild Horses and Burros Available for Adoption in Devore and Redlands

Choice wild horses and burros from the rangelands of the American West are available for adoption this weekend in Devore, Calif. at Sheriff’s Rodeo Grounds, across from the Glen Helen Regional Park, 2555 Glen Helen Parkway, San Bernardino CA 92407.  On April 24, additional animals will be available for adoption at Sundance Ranch in Redlands through the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Adopt-A-Horse or Burro Program. Sundance Ranch in Redlands is located at 27273 Pilgrim Road (off San Timoteo Canyon Road).  The mustangs and burros were gathered from public lands in California and Nevada, have been wormed and vaccinated, and are in excellent health.

Animals available for adoption in Devore may be previewed from 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 9.  Approved adopters will receive a lottery number, which is required to participate in the lottery adoption Saturday morning starting at 9 a.m.  The lottery adoption provides all adopters an equal opportunity to adopt the animal of their choice. BLM staff will approve adoption applications Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (3 p.m. in Redlands).  The adoption fee is $125.00 per animal.  Animals not selected during the lottery adoption will be available for adoption on a first come, first served basis for the remainder of Saturday. Adoption fees may be paid by cash, check, or credit card.
Qualified adopters must be 18 years old, have adequate facilities, the financial means to care for the animal(s), and would have some experience training or raising a horse or burro.  Adopters also must be a resident of the United States and have no convictions for inhumane treatment of animals.  Qualified individuals with the 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 the animals into the trailer.

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. For more information about the adoptions, or the Bureau's Adopt-A-Horse or Burro Program, contact BLM toll free at (800) 951-8720, or visit


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Last updated: 04-24-2010