Memorandum of Understanding Will Advance
of Increased Wild Horse and Burro Adoptions
The Bureau of Land Management and the National Wild Horse and Burro
Foundation are working together to increase wild horse and burro adoptions
in the United States and provide greater opportunities for public education
about the BLM’s unique animal adoption program.
To facilitate this joint effort, BLM Director Kathleen Clarke and Foundation
Chairman Frank Cassas recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to
share expertise and information and to enhance adoption marketing initiatives.
“This partnership provides both parties an opportunity to share
skills to assist the public with selecting, adopting, and maintaining
an adopted wild horse or burro,” Clarke said. “Both the BLM
and the Foundation will benefit from this Memorandum of Understanding,
as we can more effectively use our resources to market, advertise, and
promote adoption of horses or burros that have been removed from the range.”
Clarke noted that the BLM removes the animals to ensure that herds living
on public lands are healthy and that the public rangelands are able to
sustain vegetation for all the species that live there. “For those
animals we remove,” Clarke said, “we seek qualified adopters
who want to enjoy the strengths of wild horses, such as being sure-footed
and having great endurance; we also seek adopters who want enjoy the companionship
that burros can provide.”
The Foundation is a national non-profit organization whose goal is to
promote the adoption of wild horses and burros by raising the number of
potential adopters, increasing the number of successful adoptions, and
enhancing the adoption process through collaboration with the BLM. The
Foundation, while national in scope, was formed as a result of a partnership
between the State of Nevada and the BLM. Foundation trustees, in addition
to Cassas, are: John Falen, Dawn Lappin, Janet Greenlee, and Ed Roberts.
Carol R. Alm serves as executive director for the Foundation and has been
involved with the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board in developing
Under the Memorandum, the Foundation will assist the BLM by identifying
opportunities to increase adoptions and by making recommendations to capitalize
on these opportunities. The Foundation will also communicate with the
equine industry, along with other corporate and public entities, to elicit
support for increased successful adoptions.
For information on the Foundation, visit www.wildhorsefoundation.com.
For information on wild horse and burro management in the West, or for
an adoption schedule and list of preparation centers and prison training
programs, see www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov
or call 1-866-4Mustangs.