Federal government offering $1,000 to adopt wild horses


Have you dreamed of running with wild horses? Here is your chance of possibly adopting one! The Bureau of Land Management has offered a $1,000 incentive through their Adoption Incentive Program to anyone who would like to adopt a wild horse or burro. The incentive is an effort to give wild horses or burros a good home.

According to their website, “The goal of the program is to reduce BLM’s recurring costs to care for unadopted and untrained wild horses and burros while helping to enable the BLM to confront a growing over-population of wild horses and burros on fragile public rangelands.”

In the past, we have seen destruction from overpopulation and it is becoming a problem for farmers and ranchers in those areas. This could be a great start to restoring the public rangelands. 

The Adoption Incentive Program allows qualified adopters to receive up to $1,000 when adopting an eligible wild horse or burro on or after March 12, 2019. Under this program, adopters are eligible to receive:

  • $500 within 60 days of adoption of an untrained wild horse and burro
  • $500 within 60 days of titling the animal.

According to a statement from the agency, the department cares for approximately 50,000 unadopted and unsold animals every year.

A $25 fee applies at the time of adoption. All untrained animals offered at any BLM off-range corrals, online corral events, satellite events and any BLM approved events and locations as of March 12, 2019 are eligible to be adopted through the Adoption Incentive Program regardless of species, age, sex, color, herd management area or the number of times the animal has been offered for adoption. Animals purchased through the Sales Program are not eligible. 

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