Thursday, 28 June 2012 01:47

Horses, and burros available for adoption in Sacramento

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Amador County – The Bureau of Land Management announced Wednesday that residents of the Sacramento area will have the opportunity to add a horse or burro to their families on July 14 when BLM brings its Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program to the Sacramento Horseman’s Association in Sacramento.

BLM Central California public affairs officer David Christy said 14 horses from yearlings to 4-year-olds will be offered for adoption. They come from the High Rock area’s Fox Hog, High Rock, Nut Mountain, Wall Canyon and Bitner herd management areas. It also features five burros from the Twin Peaks herd management area.

Manager of BLM’s Susanville wild horse and burro corrals, Doug Satica said the “animals are healthy and ready to train. They have been vaccinated against all common equine diseases, including rabies and West Nile virus.” BLM provides full health care records to adopters.

To qualify, adopters must be at least 18 years old and residents of the United States. Adopted animals must be kept in corrals that offer at least 400 square feet per animal, surrounded by six-foot pipe or board fences (five-foot fences are allowed for horses under 2 years old; four-foot fences are allowed for burros).

Two-sided roofed shelters are required. Adopters receive title to their animals after providing a year of good care.

Public affairs officer David Christy said wild horses and burros are protected by a federal law, the Wild and Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act, which requires the BLM to maintain wild populations in balance with other range users, including wildlife and domestic livestock, so that food and water sources are sustained and rangelands are conserved.

For additional information contact BLM toll free at 1-866-4MUSTANGS (468-7826) or the Litchfield Corrals at (530) 254-6575.

Horses can be previewed 2-5 p.m. Friday, July 13. The event runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 14. A silent competitive bid will run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday. Animals not taken during bidding will be available for a $125 adoption fee.

The auction is at the Sacramento Horseman’s Association, 3200 Longview Drive, in Sacramento, on Saturday, July 14.

Story by Jim Reece This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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