A wild horse and burro adoption and sale event featuring more than 50 animals is set for April 13-14 at the Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center at 1855 Calvary Church Road in Gainesville.
People will be able to select their animals for adoption between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, April 13, and 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, April 14.
Some animals may be eligible for direct purchase to a good home, while others will be eligible for adoption.
The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management is hosting the two-day event, where free training demonstrations will be held throughout each day.
The horses offered for adoption 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 aids in achieving these management goals. Since 1973, the BLM has placed more than 235,000 of these animals in approved homes across the country.
BLM staff members will approve applications on site. To qualify to adopt or buy, applicants must be at least 18, with no record of animal abuse. Qualified homes 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; five feet for yearlings; and four-and-a-half feet for burros. All animals must be loaded in covered, stock-type trailers with swing gates and sturdy walls and floors.
For more information on other events or adoption and direct purchase options, go to BLM.gov/whb or call 866-468-7826.
Information from Bureau of Land Management press release