Wild Horse & Burro Adoption Heading to Sulphur Springs, TX, August 1-2
Sulphur Springs, Texas — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold a wild horse and burro adoption in Sulphur Springs, Texas, August 1-2, 2014. The two-day event at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center 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. This event is free and open to the public.
Friday, August 1 – Noon – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 2 – 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Application approval is required and can be done on site. To qualify to adopt, one must be at least 18, 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, 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. BLM staff will be on hand to assist adopters through the short application process.
All animals will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis for the minimum adoption fee of $125 (set by law).
Special 4-H Showcase Animals
A small group of yearling horses that have been in the care of local 4-H youth volunteers for the past several months will be available at this event. The young trainers will show their gentled horses during a trail challenge Saturday at 10:00 a.m., after which the yearlings will be offered for adoption by competitive bid (starting at $125).
$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. This incentive is designed to find homes for older horses that might otherwise be destined for long-term pastures, where they’d live out the remainder of their natural lives at taxpayer expense.
For more information, call toll-free 866-468-7826 or visit www.blm.gov/nm/whb.
Directions to Hopkins County Regional Civic Center (1200 Houston St.): From I-30 in Sulphur Springs, take Hwy 9 north three miles to Houston St., then right (east) 3/4 mile to facility