National Wild Horse Adoption Day: September 26

Wild horse and humane animal advocacy groups from across the nation are joining forces for a single cause: to encourage the American public to consider and act on the adoption of a wild horse or burro. A goal of 1,000 adoptions has been set for the first National Wild Horse Adoption Day, which will be held September 26, 2009.

Nearly 37,000 wild horses and burros roam BLM-managed lands across the West. To ensure that the number of animals does not exceed the land’s capacity to support them, the BLM removes several thousand horses and burros from Western rangelands each year and works to place as many animals as possible into private care through public adoptions that are held throughout the United States. Since 1971, more than 220,000 wild horses and burros have been adopted.

Horses between the ages of one and six years old are typically selected from the herds for adoption, but a horse of any age can fit into the right farm or ranch. For many mustang adopters, having the opportunity to work with a horse or burro with an intriguing past and an unconventional upbringing brings a special element to their relationship.

Organizations supporting National Wild Horse Adoption Day, besides the BLM, are Wild Horses 4 Ever, the American Horse Protection Association, the Mustang Heritage Foundation, and the Humane Society of the United States. The groups are working together to educate Americans about wild horse management issues while promoting the adoption of wild horses through adoption events, training programs, and motivational experiences.

“Wild horses and burros are living symbols of the Western spirit,” said BLM Acting Director Mike Pool. “I encourage anyone with an interest to consider adopting one of these noble animals, which are known for their intelligence, sure-footedness, strength, and endurance.”

The goal of adopting out 1,000 horses and burros through the National Adoption Day event will not only create opportunities for equine enthusiasts, but also will save money for taxpayers by moving animals from government holding facilities into private care.

More than 25 events have been scheduled nationwide so far! To find an event near you, visit

For more information: call 817-559-5650 or visit

Link: National Wild Horse Adoption Day: September 26 2009
Link: Mustang Heritage Foundation
Link: BLM: National Adoption Day
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