BLM to Host Wild Horse and Burro Event in Doswell, Virginia
FLOWOOD, Ms.— The Bureau of Land Management will host a wild horse and burro placement event August 13-14, 2021, offering approximately 60 excess animals gathered from western rangelands at the Meadow Event Park Pavilion Arena, Gate 4 in Doswell, Virginia.
“We’ve placed over 240,000 wild horses and burros into private care since 1971,” said Southeastern States District Manager Robert Swithers. “It is a chance to care for, and then own, a part of America’s heritage.”
Adoptions and sales will be held from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST on Friday, August 13 and from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. EST on Saturday, August 14. A minimum age of 18 years and verification of the animal’s access to food, water, and adequate shelter is required to adopt or purchase. Animals that are adopted or purchased must be transported from the event site in an approved trailer.
BLM’s Adoption Incentive Program was designed to help improve rangeland health in overpopulated herd management areas in the western states and to save taxpayer costs for animals held at off-range holding facilities. Through this program, qualified adopters are eligible to receive $500 within 60 days of adoption and $500 upon title issuance for an untrained wild horse or burro. The incentive is available for all untrained animals eligible for adoption with an adoption fee of $25 per animal.
Animals that are over ten years of age or younger and unsuccessfully adopted out to new homes three times may be sold. BLM staff will be available to identify these animals to interested, qualified buyers. Purchasers will receive immediate ownership of the animals.
To learn more about BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro program, visit https://www.blm.gov/whb.
This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’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.