National Wild Horse Adoption Day Launches Web Site

The National Wild Horse Adoption Day Web site is now live. Located at or (both take you to the same site), wild horse enthusiasts and supporters will be able to keep pace with the activities slated for Sept. 26 and find out how they can get involved.

A goal of 1,000 adoptions has been set for the first National Wild Horse Adoption Day.

The attractive and easy-to-navigate site provides information on adoption, as well as locations where adoption events will be held leading up to and on Sept. 26. Current adopters will also have the opportunity to upload their adoption stories and share how the adoption of a wild horse has impacted their lives.

A fun and interactive element of the site is the youth section, where youth age 18 and under can take part in an essay contest naming the National Wild Horse Adoption Day mascot, as well as an area for parents and teachers to download illustrations of the mascot for coloring.

Nearly 33,000 mustangs roam federal lands across the West. In order to manage the herds and maintain both land and herd health, the Bureau of Land Management oversees the adoption of wild horses and burros through public adoptions held throughout the United States. Since 1973, 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 a storied past and an unconventional upbringing brings a unique and special element to their relationship.

"People will begin to see more information about National Wild Horse Adoption Day in major horse industry magazines beginning in June," said NWHAD event coordinator Angie Grizzell. "But the web site is going to be their first point of information, and while resources will being added constantly, much of what is available on the site today will help people gain a perspective of what National Wild Horse Adoption Day is all about."

The groups supporting National Wild Horse Adoption Day, in addition to the BLM, include Wild Horses 4 Ever, the American Horse Protection Association, the Mustang Heritage Foundation, and The Humane Society of the United States.

State BLM offices, as well as rescue centers, wild horse groups, and volunteers, will be engaged in activities leading up to and on Sept. 26 to promote an understanding of, and interest in, opening new homing opportunities to these magnificent animals.

Activities will not only include adoptions, but will also include educational events and wild horse expos. More than 65 events are slated to take place across the country in support of national wild horse adoption day, and other events can apply to be included on the calendar through the Web site.

For more information on events or how to volunteer, go to or contact coordinating director Angie Grizzell at 817/559-5650.

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