How to Adopt using this site


The next Internet adoption will begin February 13 2018.  New Gallery photos will be posted between February 1-8, 2018.  Click on any individual photo, or on the Category Heading above each group of photos, to view more pictures and information about each animal.  Please read the Adoption Requirements before submitting an electronic application.  You must create an account (user name and password) to submit an application.

ELECTRONIC (ON-LINE) APPLICATIONS will be accepted starting February 1 and will close at 11am Mountain time on February 16.

BIDDING will open on February 13 and will close at 10:00 am Pacific time, 11:00 am Mountain time, Noon Central time, 1:00 pm Eastern time on  February 20  Corral sketches and maps MUST be e-mailed, faxed, or mailed to the Internet Adoption staff in order to complete the electronic form.  Applications describing facilities that do not meet all the requirements cannot be approved.  Applications stating "See Previous Application," or those with incomplete information, cannot be approved.  Read more below regarding the electronic application form and the Internet adoption process.  If there is some missing information, or you sent in a paper application, you will receive an e-mail, instead of a phone call.


Bidders can submit the on-line application for the Internet adoption from  February 1-16, 2018.  Click on Log In to create a new account (user name and password) or to access your existing account.  If you have already created an application, click on My Info to view your previous application.  You can update the information if necessary, and then resubmit it for the current on-line adoption during the application window.

Please read the Requirements Page before you submit an application to determine if your facility meets all BLM requirements.  Include exact information about the length, width, and height of your corral and shelter, and the type of materials used in the construction.  Applications cannot be approved until all construction or modifications are completed.  Corrals must be 5 feet high for burros; yearlings and trained horses; and 6 feet high for untrained horses 2 years and older.

Please put the facility address, on where you will be keeping your animal, when you first bring him/her home.  Include the sketch of the corral and shelter area ONLY.

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After you have submitted your electronic application, if you have any trouble with the corral sketch, please download and complete the Corral Sketch/Map PDF file below.  Draw only the corral and shelter  (birds-eye view) where the horse /burro will be off loaded when it arrives, not the entire property.  Include the address of there the animal will be kept, when first brought home, even if it's your home address.  This page can be faxed to (202) 912-7798.  Please write INTERNET across the top of your faxed sketch page or on the cover sheet, and include the name of the applicant on the form.  You may also scan it and send it as a jpg or pdf attachment to the email address:  BLM_ES_Inet_Adoption@blm.govSketch pages can be mailed to:

20 M ST, SE, SUITE 950
WASHINGTON DC 20003-3503

Download Corral Sketch PDF. Fax (202) 912-7798  Opens in a new window

Electronic (on-line) Applications must be received no later than 11am Mountain Time on February 16 to be guaranteed consideration for a Bidder ID number. Applications cannot be approved until the sketch/map page is received.  Electronic applications received by February 16 can be approved until the close of bidding on February 20, if all supplemental information is received before the end of bidding.

After your on-line application is received, a BLM Wild Horse and Burro Specialist will call or e-mail you to review your application.

*NEW PROCEDURE*  During the call, the BLM employee will request that you provide your social security and driver's license numbers.  We do not have you submit them over the internet or by e-mail for your security, but we must collect the information in order to issue you a Bidder ID number.  

If you have submitted an application and have not received contact (e-mail or phone call) within 5 business days (Monday - Friday), please call the Internet office at (800) 370-3936  It may take a bit longer, when there is a higher volume of applications.   You may also email the staff at:  Note: the Internet office is closed on weekends and all Federal Holidays.


A $125 deposit, per animal, will be required to receive a Bidder ID number.  Deposits can be checks (made out to DOI - BLM) mailed to the address above, or Credit Card numbers given over the telephone.  All Credit Card numbers will be held until the end of bidding.  If you are not a successful high bidder, the credit card information will be destroyed without being processed.  The check will be deposited, but if you are not a successful high bidder, you will receive a refund on the check.  If you are a successful high bidder, the deposit will be processed after the close of bidding, and $125 will be deducted from your total bid when you pick up the animal.  The deposit is used to ship and hold the animal until it is picked up.  If an adopter does not pick up an animal, the deposit will not be refunded.


After your application has been approved, your bidding program will be activated.  To place a bid, click on any photo in the Gallery.  Bidding will open February 13 and close at 10:00 am Pacific time, 11:00 am Mountain time, Noon Central time, 1:00 pm Eastern time on February 20.  The individual page for that animal will appear with bidding options next to the description, and the current bid information.  You can increase the current bid from $5 to $250 with each new bid.  You may raise your own bid at any time.  After a new bid is placed, the current high bid amount will appear in real time, along with the high bidder's identification number.  Users with dial up connections will have a slower response time than users with high speed connections.  You may have to hit the Refresh button to see the latest bidding information, especially at the end of bidding.  Bidding information may not refresh automatically.

Proxy bidding allows the computer to bid for you.  This will automatically raise your bid (by $5) up to your maximum, every time your high bid is challenged.   Proxy bids can be set for $2,000 above the current bid.   Bidders can raise their proxy throughout the bidding process.   Proxy bidding is especially convenient during the last few minutes of bidding, when screen refreshing may not keep up with the current bids.

The minimum opening bid is $125 for each horse/burro, $250 for mare-foal pairs.  High bid and bidder ID will be displayed in real time throughout the bidding.  You may bid on the number of animals you are approved to adopt, plus one.  For example, if you are approved to adopt two animals, you may be highest bidder on NO MORE than 3 animals at one time.  That means, your bidder ID can't show as the high bid on more than you are allowed to bid on.  When bidding closes, the final (highest) bid and Bidder ID will appear on the Gallery page for each animal.  Hit the Refresh button on your computer once the bidding has ended, to be sure that you are viewing the final bids.  Bidding will be closed at 11:00am Mountain Time on the last day, and is monitored by a countdown clock on the site.

Once the Bidding has closed, successful bidders should e-mail the Internet office ( to confirm that they will accept or decline each of their highest bids.  Also please include where you want to pick up the animal(s) and if you are passing on any animal(s).  If you were unable to receive a winning bid, you may e-mail the staff, if you would like to adopt  or purchase an animal, that did not receive a bid.  Please let the staff know which animals you want and the pick up location, by Thursday at noon, after bidding ends.  If you are highest bidder on more animals then you are approved for, you will be required to limit your choices.  Any animals that are declined will be offered to the next highest bidder.  Confirmation and pick up instructions will be e-mailed by the Friday, the week after bidding ends. 

Pick Up:

Animals must be picked up by the highest bidders at the holding facility where they are located (after March 2), or may be shipped east to a designated Holding Facility, or in some cases, to a satellite adoption location.  You do NOT have to accept the animal if the animal does not meet your expectations.  There is no penalty for not taking the animal.  If you decline the animal in person you may request a credit towards a future adoption.   There is no additional charge for shipping the animal.

Pick up dates are by appointment at Holding Facilities, and at satellite adoptions before the auction/adoption begins.  If picking up at a Holding Facility, you cannot pick up until 8 business days after the end of bidding.  This is to allow enough time for the Internet Adoption Office staff to process your deposit and prepare/mail your adoption paperwork to the facility.  If your animal is shipped to a satellite adoption, you must pick it up before the adoption begins, on the posted date.  If your animal is not picked up by close of business, or other arrangements made, the animal will be offered at the auction/adoption the following day. 

Take your animal's neck tag number and bid amount information with you to the pick up location.  A printed copy of your electronic application will be sent to the facility before you arrive.  You will need to put an original signature on the application.  Adopters must sign for their animals in person unless other arrangements are made in advance.

a.  You will need to prove your identity - Any valid photo identification card, such as a driver's license.

b.  You will then view your animals and make your final decision.

c.  You will sign the Private Maintenance and Care Agreement.  The Private Maintenance and Care Agreement is the contract between you and the Government committing you to - take care of the animal, and not sell it, trade it, or give it away, until you have obtained Title to the animal.  Title Applications will automatically be sent to you one year after adoption.

d.  You will have to sign a paper copy of your application, which will be at the adoption site.

e.  You will have to remit the balance due of your total bid, using cash, check, or money order.

Loading Out:

Animals will be loaded on your trailer by BLM employees or contract crews.  For the safety of the animals and the people loading them, specific trailer requirements are in place.  If the equipment being used to transport the animal is not adequate, the BLM will not load it.  BLM reserves the right to refuse loading if the trailer does not ensure safety and humane transport of the animal.

Just say neigh to unsafe transportation!  Animals ride loose inside your trailer, and must have adequate space to turn around.   There must not be any trailer feature or object that the animal could attempt to jump over, or get caught in; for example, mangers, length-wise dividers, bars, hay nets, etc.  You want an open and empty box-stall type area.  With this in mind, only trailers designed to transport THREE or more horses are acceptable.  Two-horse straight load trailers are not acceptable.  Livestock and slant-load horse trailers are acceptable as long as they meet the following criteria:

Trailers must be stock type with a full rear door that swings from the side so that the animal steps up into it - NOT one that has a drop down ramp.  

The front and top of the trailer must be solid or covered to block the wind and rain.  Trailers must be in good repair, safe, and have good working latches. 

Slant-load trailers: Slant dividers must be removed or secured to the side of the interior wall, to leave an open box-stall type compartment.

Stock-trailers: Can have one compartment, or several. The compartment cuts must be made with a swing center gate, making a front and rear box-stall type compartment. 

Animals of similar type can be loaded in one compartment together.  An adult horse wouldn’t be loaded in the same compartment as a weanling, etc.  The number we will load on your trailer will depend on the size of your trailer and the size and type of animals.  

Our advice if you are renting a trailer or having a hauler pick-up for you:  Make sure they understand the trailer requirements so they don’t attempt to substitute a different trailer from the one you agreed upon.

If you have questions about the suitability of your trailer, ask ahead of time.  Send us an email with photographs of the outside and inside of the trailer in question. 

When You Get Home:

To unload, you will simply want to do in reverse the way your animal was loaded.  Meaning you will need to back your trailer up to your corral and shelter area and unload directly into it.  Naturally, make sure that there is no way the animal can escape during the unloading process.  Even if you adopt a trained animal, we recommend you still unload it like a wild horse into its corral because it is not accustom to you or its new home.

For more information, please refer to the Terms of Adoption and Prohibited Acts pages on this site.


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