TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Looking to adopt a wild horse or burro this weekend?
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking good homes for wild horses and burros during its adoption and sale event planned for July 12 to 14 at the Apache County Fair Grounds 825 W 4th Ave. N, St. Johns, Ariz.
The event will run from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Training demonstrations will be held on Friday at 2 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Florence Inmate Training Program, a collaboration between the BLM and the Arizona Department of Corrections, will conduct the demonstrations.
Through the new Adoption Incentive Program (AIP), qualified adopters are eligible to receive $500 within 60 days of the adoption date and an additional $500 within 60 days of titling for each animal, which can be applied for one year from the adoption date. All untrained animals are now a minimum of $25. All trained animals, whether adopted or purchased, are a minimum of $125. The incentive is only available for untrained animals that are eligible for adoption at BLM facilities, off-site events or on the agency’s Online Corral website.
To qualify to adopt or purchase, you must be 18 years of age, have approved facilities to keep the animal(s), and proper transportation home for the animal(s) from the event site. BLM staff will load each animal, with the new owner’s halter and lead rope, into a BLM-approved trailer provided by the adopter.
The BLM offers wild horses and burros gathered from public lands in the West to qualified individuals who must demonstrate humane care for the animal. Wild horses and burros are known for their sure-footedness, strength, intelligence and endurance. With kindness and patience, these animals can be trained for many uses. All animals available have been examined by a veterinarian, vaccinated, de-wormed, and have a current negative Coggins test.
For more information and adoption/purchase qualifications, call the BLM at 1-866-4MUSTANGS (1-866-468- 7826) or visit www.blm.gov/whb.