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California Desert District
Release Date: 11/16/10
Contacts: David Briery , (951) 697-5220 or  
  Steve Razo , (951) 697-5217  
News Release No. CDD-11-13

Wild Horses and Burros Available for Adoption in Indio

Strength, endurance, and spirit are qualities embodied in wild horses and burros that roam America’s rangelands.  Thirty of these living legends (20 horses and 10 burros) are available for adoption at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio, Calif. on Saturday, Nov. 20, through the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Adopt-A-Horse or Burro Program. The mustangs and burros were gathered from public lands in California and Nevada, have been de-wormed and vaccinated, and are in excellent health.  The public is invited to attend.

Animals arrive at noon on Friday Nov. 19, and potential adopters may view the mustangs and burros from
1 to 5 p.m.  BLM staff will approve adoption applications from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.  Animals will be available for adoption on a first come, first served basis.  The adoption fee is $125.00 per animal and 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.

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 Riverside County Fairgrounds is located at 82-503 Highway 111, Indio, CA 92201.   For more information about the Indio adoption or the Bureau's Adopt-A-Horse or Burro Program, contact BLM toll free at 866-4MUSTANGS or visit

NOTE TO EDITORS: Excellent media opportunity Friday at noon when animals arrive and unload. Please call David Briery, (951) 697-5220 ahead for confirmation.


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Last updated: 11-16-2010