Every once or twice a year, the Bureau of Land Management will come into our region and hold a wild horse and burro adoption event.  That time is here again.

This Friday and Saturday, July 30-31, the two-day event is coming to the Nacogdoches County Expo Center. This adoption event will feature 120 wild horses and burros, and it will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 30.  Adoptions will be held from noon-6 p.m. on Friday, July 30, and from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday, July 31. Representatives from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be on site to answer all questions.

As part of their efforts to find every horse and burro a good home, the BLM now offers up to $1,000 to adopt an untrained animal. This adoption incentive will be offered for every animal in Nacogdoches.

The animals offered at the event 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 and sale program is essential for achieving these important management goals. Since 1973, the BLM has placed more than 240,000 of these animals in approved homes across the country.

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BLM staff will approve applications onsite. To qualify to adopt, one must be at least 18 years old, with no record of animal abuse. Qualified homes must have a minimum of 400 square feet of corral space per animal, with 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.

The Nacogdoches County Expo Center is located at 3805 NW Stallings Dr., Nacogdoches, Texas. For more information, call 866-468-7826 or visit www.blm.gov.


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