Thousands of acres of habitat for America’s wild horses and burros remain in danger due to the lingering effects of drought and wildfires throughout the western United States. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has conducted several gathers aimed at saving as many of these animals as possible. As a result, thousands of horses are now in need of homes. Some will be in Oneonta this weekend, Nov. 13 and Nov. 14, for a special two-day adoption at the Blount County Agribusiness Center.
The event will feature approximately 80 spectacular animals, including adult and yearling horses (some paints) and burros, that once roamed free on public lands in the West. Preview all of the animals Friday morning, Nov. 13, prior to the adoption, which starts at 1 p.m.
Gates open again Saturday morning at 8, and the adoption will continue through 5 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications can be completed and approval granted at the adoption. Adoption fees are $25 for each animal.
To qualify, adopters must be at least 18, with no record of animal abuse. In addition, adopters must have suitable facilities and can adopt no more than four animals. All animals must be loaded in covered stock-type trailers with sturdy walls and floors – no drop ramp trailers.
The process is called an “adoption” because the BLM retains title to the animal for one year after the adoption. During the year, a BLM representative or designee will visit each adopter to ensure the animal is being cared for and has a good home. During this time, adopters cannot sell their animal until they complete the adoption process.