If you've been thinking about getting a wild horse or burro, Saturday is the day you've been waiting for.
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The adoption fee is $125 per animal, and adopters will need to be preapproved. All participants will then be placed in a lottery for the chance to have first dibs on an animal. The application process begins at 8 a.m. There is a limit of four animals per adopter.
"Animals not selected during the lottery adoption will be available for adoption on a first-come, first-served basis for the remainder of Saturday. Adoption fees may be paid by cash, check, or credit card," according to organizers.
There are a few rules. Adopters must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have adequate facilities
- Have the financial means to care for the animal(s)
- Have some experience training or raising a horse or burro
- Be a resident of the United States
- Have no convictions for inhumane treatment of animals
- Bring a nylon web halter and 20-foot, cotton lead rope for each animal.
- Bring a stock trailer to transport the animal(s) -- drop-ramp trailers will not be allowed.
For more information, including the title transfer process and other stipulations, visit wildhorseandburro.blm.gov or call 800-951-8720.