Would your family like the addition of a wild horse or burro?
The Bureau of Land Management would like you to consider adopting a Living Legend -- a symbol of the American West to take home and make a part of your life.
BLM will host adoption events on Sept. 14-16, at the Navajo County Fairgrounds in Holbrook, and on Oct. 12-14 at the Fort Verde State Park in Camp Verde. About 50 wild horses and burros will be available at each event to adopt.
Thousands of wild horses and burros are gathered from public lands where herds have become threatened by loss of food and water.
Mustangs are of no particular breed, but have characteristics of many breeds. Because of their life on the open range, they are often more stout, enduring, and stable than domestic animals. Animals available to adopt range in age from six months to about five years.
Through the BLM adoption program, caring citizens adopt the animals and take them home, where they become part of their daily life, just like domestic animals.
Since 1971, BLM has moved over 200,000 wild horses and burros from public lands to private homes.
BLM coordinates the Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program in Arizona and will soon host two adoption events in Northern Arizona, for individuals to see the animals, adopt, and make these magnificent animals part of their family.
For adoption information, application, and event schedule, call BLM toll-free at 1-866-MUSTANGS, or visit www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov.
Adoption fees for wild horses and burros begin at $125 per animal, through a silent bid auction at each event.
Typically fees average less than $200 per animal. Payment can be made by credit card, check, or cash.
Successful bidders in the auction are then eligible to participate in a lottery to "Adopt-A-Buddy" horse for only $25. Adopters are given an information package with their animal's health records, vaccinations, herd area data, equine care, and more.
Each adopter provides a halter and lead rope for their animal, and trailer transportation home.