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Wild Horse & Burro Adoption Returns to Odessa

U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will return to Odessa, Texas, Oct. 25-26, 2013, to hold a wild horse and burro adoption.
ODESSA -- Following a one-year hiatus, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will return to Odessa, Texas, Oct. 25-26, 2013, to hold a wild horse and burro adoption. The two-day event at the Ector County Coliseum will feature dozens of spectacular animals. These are adult and yearling horses and burros that once roamed free on public lands in the West. The BLM periodically removes excess animals from the range in order to maintain healthy herds and to protect other rangeland resources. The adoption program is essential for achieving these important management goals.

Adoption Schedule

Friday, August 16 – Noon - 6 p.m.

Saturday, August 17 – 8 a.m. - noon

Adoption Qualifications

Application approval is required and can be done on site. To qualify to adopt, one must be at least 18 years old with no record of animal abuse. Adopters must have a minimum of 400 square feet of corral space per animal, with free access to food, water and shelter. A six-foot corral fence is required for adult horses and five feet for yearlings. All animals must be loaded in covered stock-type trailers with swing gates and sturdy walls and floors. BLM staff will be on hand to assist with the short application process, answer any questions and load horses.

Adoption Fees

All animals will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis for the minimum adoption fee of $125 (set by law).

$500 Adoption Incentive

BLM pays a one-time $500 care-and-feeding allowance to adopters of horses at least four years old. The allowance is paid in full after one year when adopters receive official ownership title for their horse(s). All standard adoption conditions and fees apply. A limited number of eligible horses will be available. Younger horses, burros and trained animals are not eligible for this incentive.

Wild horses and burros – iconic symbols of America’s western heritage – are renowned for their strength, endurance, agility and intelligence, characteristics bred
into them in the wild that make them ideal for work or recreation. Since 1973, the BLM has placed more than 230,000 of these “living legends” in approved homes across the country.

For more information, call toll-free 866.468.7826 or visit www.blm.gov/nm/whb.

Directions to Ector County Coliseum: From I-20, take East Loop 338. Go north to 42nd St. (Hwy 191). Turn left on 42nd St. The coliseum is at the corner of 42nd St. and Andrews Highway (Hwy 385).
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