The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) --Eastern States needs help finding quality homes for more than 100 mustangs.
The BLM invites the public to explore its Ewing Holding Facility and adopt a wild horse or burro from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Friday, July 12 or Saturday, July 13.
Animals are available on a first come, first served basis.
All adopters must be approved and sign a one year adoption agreement. Adopters receive title to their animal after the one-year period.
All animals have been examined by a veterinarian, de-wormed, vaccinated and blood-tested.
Adopters must have a sturdy corral measuring 20'x20' in area and appropriate shelter for the animal. Step up, stock-type trailers are required for the loading of animals from the adoption by BLM personnel.
Wild horses and burros roam on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the USDA Forest Service in 10 western states.
From time to time, animals are gathered to ensure healthy rangelands and genetically viable herds or when threats from fire and drought impact a herd's survival.
Since wild horses have virtually no natural predators and can double their herd's size in about four years, adoption into private care offers an excellent opportunity to preserve and maintain their heritage.
The cost is $25 for the adoption of an untrained animal or a minimum of $125 for a trained animal.
Prospective adopters are encouraged to call 866-468-7826 for details and to begin the approval process.
Applications may be downloaded online at http://blm.gov.
The Eastern States Holding Facility is located at 22295 Sheep Farm Road in Ewing and is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.