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California Desert District
Release Date: 01/05/11
Contacts: David Briery , (951) 697-5220  
News Release No. CDD-11-21

Wild Horses and Burros Available for Adoption at Pierce College Equestrian Center

Strength, endurance, and spirit are qualities embodied in wild horses and burros that roam America’s rangelands.  These living legends are available for adoption at the Pierce College Equestrian Center in Woodland Hills, Calif., Jan. 21-22, 2011 through the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Adopt-A-Wild Horse and Burro Program.  Spectators are welcome. 

There are 30 young animals available for adoption, 20 wild horses, and 10 burros.  The mustangs and burros were gathered from public lands in California and Nevada, have been wormed and vaccinated, and are in excellent health. Animals arrive at noon on Friday, Jan. 21, and potential adopters may view the mustangs and burros from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  An excellent media opportunity exists at noon when the animals arrive and unload. 

BLM staff will approve adoption applications from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. The adoption fee is $125.00 per animal.  Animals will be available for adoption on a first come, first served basis.  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.
Directions to the Pierce College Equestrian Center: From the Ventura Freeway (U.S. 101), exit De Soto (in Woodland Hills), north about one mile to El Rancho Dr.  Turn right, the Center is on the left.  For more information about the adoption or the Bureau's Adopt-A-Wild Horse and Burro Program, contact BLM toll free at 866-4Mustangs, or visit

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 01-05-2011