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Central California District
Release Date: 06/27/12
Contacts: David Christy , (916) 941-3146  
News Release No. CC-12-64

Horses, Burros Available for Adoption in Sacramento

Residents of the Sacramento area will have the opportunity to add a horse or burro to their families when the Bureau of Land Management brings its Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program to the Sacramento Horseman’s Association, 3200 Longview Drive, Sacramento, on Saturday, July 14.

Fourteen horses ranging in age from yearlings to 4 years old from the High Rock area’s Fox Hog, High Rock, Nut Mountain, Wall Canyon and Bitner herd management areas and five burros from the Twin Peaks herd management area will be offered for adoption.

Horses can be previewed on Friday, July 13, from 2-5 p.m. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. A silent competitive bid will run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday. Animals not taken during bidding will be available for a $125 adoption fee.

“These animals are healthy and ready to train.  They have been vaccinated against all common equine diseases, including rabies and West Nile virus,” said Doug Satica, manager of the BLM wild horse and burro corrals near Susanville.  “We provide full health care records to adopters.”

To qualify, adopters must be at least 18 years old and residents of the United States.  Adopted animals must be kept in corrals that offer at least 400 square feet per animal, surrounded by six-foot pipe or board fences (five-foot fences are allowed for horses under 2 years old;  four-foot fences are allowed for burros).  Two-sided roofed shelters are required. Adopters receive title to their animals after providing a year of good care.

Wild horses and burros are protected by a federal law, the Wild and Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act, which requires the BLM to maintain wild populations in balance with other range users, including wildlife and domestic livestock, so that food and water sources are sustained and rangelands are conserved.
For additional information on the adoption event or wild horse management, contact the BLM toll free at 1-866-4MUSTANGS (468-7826) or the Litchfield Corrals at (530) 254-6575.   Information is also available online at


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Last updated: 06-27-2012