Wild Horse and Burro Adoption to be Held in Alabama

The U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management-Eastern States (BLM-ES) will hold a wild horse and burro adoption at the Mobile Agri-Ed Center in Mobile, Ala., on January 19 and 20, 2008.

Approximately 65 horses and a few burros will be looking for new homes at this adoption.

Horses are priced at $125. Those adopting one horse or burro can now take home a companion animal for $25.

Gentled wild horses in the United States are used for a variety of riding disciplines. They are noted for their endurance, sure-footedness and intelligence. Burros are great companion animals and are sometimes used by farmers for predator control.

The BLM gathers some horses and burros each year to control the population and offers them to qualified individuals for adoption to help maintain an ecological balance on western rangelands.

The Mobile wild horse and burro adoption will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008. Remaining animals will be available for adoption Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008, from 8 a.m. until noon.

Animals can be viewed by the public between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, 2008. The center is located off Schillinger Road in Mobile, and is open to the public with no admission charge.

Call 866/4MUSTANGS for information and applications for the Mobile adoption. Potential adopters are asked to call early to be pre-approved and avoid waiting in line. You can also visit www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov or www.es.blm.gov/whb to get requirement information and download an application and instructions to become a qualified adopter.

While the adoption process is simple and straightforward, anyone considering adoption of a wild horse or burro should remember that the animals are wild and require gentling and training. Since the Adopt-A-Wild Horse & Burro Program began in 1973, more than 214,000 animals have been adopted nationwide. Of those, 4,000 have found adoptive homes in Alabama.


From Mississippi: Travel east on Hwy. 98 for approximately 81 miles to Schillinger Road. Turn right (south) on Schillinger Rd. and travel directly to the facility.

From Florida: Take I-10 West to I-65 and travel north to Springhill Ave. (4th exit off I-65). Take Springhill West, which turns into Zeigler Blvd., and continue to Schillinger Road. Turn right to the facility located at the bottom of the hill.

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