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Release Date: 06/09/14
Contacts: Dana Wilson (916) 978-4622    
News Release No. CA-SO-14-02

BLM Holds First Wild Horse and Burro Internet Adoption in California

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will offer 45 wild horses and 6 wild burros through its first online adoption in California beginning June 16.

Profiles of adoptable animals will be available on the BLM California website beginning June 9 and will be available on a first come, first served basis. The website will be updated daily as animals are adopted.

The animals are available for adoption from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday, June 16, through Friday, June 27. The adoption fee is $125 per animal. Animals can be picked up at the Santa Clara Horseman's Park in San Jose on July 12 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., or at either the Ridgecrest or Litchfield Corral.

All animals available for adoption have been vaccinated, de-wormed and have a health certificate. None of these animals are gentled or trained.

Those individuals interested in adopting must first complete an application and be approved by the BLM. Applications can be accessed online at 

The BLM manages and protects wild horses and burros under the authority of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. This law authorizes the BLM to remove excess wild horses and burros from the range to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands and protect the health of the wild horse and burro herds. Since 1971, the BLM has adopted out more than 230,000 animals nationwide.

To learn more about BLM California’s wild horse program, please visit 

For more information about the adoption, please contact Videll Retterath, BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program Assistant, at (530) 254-6575.


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Last updated: 06-10-2014