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California Desert District
Release Date: 12/07/11
Contacts: David Briery , (951) 697-5220 or  
  Stephen Razo , (951) 697-5217  
News Release No. CDD-12-15

Weanlings, Young Mustangs and Burros to be Available for Adoption in Redlands

Six weanlings, four two-year-olds, five adult mustangs, and five burros from America’s rangelands and decked in an array of seasonal color will be available for adoption at Sundance Ranch in Redlands, Calif. on Saturday, Dec. 10 through the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Adopt-A-Horse or Burro Program. Sundance Ranch is located at 27273 Pilgrim Road (off San Timoteo Canyon Road). 

The animals were gathered largely from the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area of northeastern California and northwestern Nevada, have been wormed and vaccinated, and are in excellent health.  (None of the animals have been exposed to the EHV-1 virus.)

A Friday preview runs from 1 to 5 p.m.  On Saturday, BLM staff will approve adoption applications from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Approved adopters may then adopt animals on a first come, first served basis.  The adoption fee of $125.00 per animal may be paid by cash, check, or credit card.
Qualified adopters must be 18 years old and have adequate facilities, including a minimum 400 square feet per animal, 4½-feet-high fence for burros, 5 feet for young horses, 6 feet high for those older than 1½. Qualified adopters must also have the financial means to care for the animal(s), and 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. For more information about the Redlands adoption 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: 12-08-2011