You Can Adopt a Wild Horse or Burro This Weekend in Lufkin, Texas
The event begins Friday, July 14, at 10 a.m., and will feature 120 animals for adoption. Adoptions take place July 14, noon-6 p.m., and Saturday, June 15, 8 a.m.-noon.
As part of the program’s efforts to find every horse and burro a good home, BLM now offers up to $1,000 to adopt an untrained animal. This incentive will be offered for every animal in Lufkin.
Animals offered at the event are adult and yearling horses along with burros that once roamed free on public lands in the West. BLM periodically removes excess animals from the range to maintain healthy herds and to protect other rangeland resources. The Adoption and Sale Program is essential for achieving these important management goals. Since 1973, BLM has placed more than 280,000 of these animals in approved homes across the country.
Here are the qualification restrictions
- Applicants must be at least 18 years old with no record of animal abuse
- Homes must have a minimum of 400 square feet of corral space per animal with access to food, water, and shelter
- The corral fence must meet the following height requirements - Adult horses (6 feet), Yearlings (5 feet), Burros (4.5 feet)
- Trailers must be stock type, covered, with swing gates and sturdy walls/ floors.
BLM staff will be on hand to provide more information and assist with the short application process.
The George H. Henderson Jr., Expo Center is located at 1200 Ellen Trout Drive, Lufkin, Texas 75904.
For more information, call 866-468-7826 or visit www.blm.gov.