Wild horse and burro adoption scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Inola | Local News

From staff reports

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will host a feral horse and burro adoption event in Inola on Friday and Saturday at the Riverbend Arena.

The event, featuring 120 wild horses and burros, kicks off at 10 a.m. Friday. Adoption will take place from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday. Ask the BLM staff on site for more information.

As part of efforts to find a good home for every horse and burro, the BLM is now offering up to $1,000 to adopt an untrained animal.

This adoption incentive will be offered for each animal in Inola.

On July 26, the BLM announced additional steps it will take to ensure the health and safety of adopted animals, including conducting inspections of feral horses and burros adopted under the Incentive Program. adoption within six months of the adoption date, instead of 12 months.

The animals offered at the event are adult and yearling horses and donkeys that once roamed free on public lands in the West.

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The BLM periodically removes excess animals from the range to maintain healthy herds and protect other rangeland resources.

The adoption program is essential to achieving these important management goals, the agency said.

Since 1971, the BLM has placed more than 280,000 of these animals in approved homes across the country.

BLM staff will approve applications on site. To be eligible for adoption, you must be at least 18 years old and have no history of animal abuse.

Qualifying homes must have a minimum of 400 square feet of corral space per animal, with access to food, water and shelter. A 6 foot corral fence is required for adult horses; 5 feet for yearlings; and 4½ feet for burros.

All animals must be loaded in stock type covered trailers with hinged doors and solid walls and floors. BLM staff will be on hand to help you through the short application process.

The Riverbend Arena is located at 12900 E. 600 Road in Inola.

For more information, call 866-468-7826 or visit www.blm.gov.

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