The Bureau of Land Management has launched the new California Corral online adoption website, providing prospective horse and burro adopters a way to view and select their animals. The site will be updated regularly and features photos, videos and descriptions of horses and burros from public rangelands.
Horses currently available in the California online corral are from the Devil’s Garden Herd Territory in Modoc County and burros are from public lands near the Buffalo Hills in Washoe County, Nevada or were born at the BLM Litchfield Corrals near Susanville.
“We hope this option provides a convenient way for people to bring a mustang or burro into their lives while public access to our corrals is limited due to precautions related to preventing the spread of COVID-19,” said Emily Ryan, manager of the BLM’s Eagle Lake Field Office.
All adoptions and purchases are on a first-come, first served basis. Adopters and purchasers must meet BLM’s qualifications and facility requirements that can be found at blm.gov/whb.
A completed adoption/sale application (available on the California Corral online adoption website at gov/california-corral-online-adoption), is required before picking up the animal. Adopters and purchasers must contact the Litchfield Corrals at 254-6575 to reserve the animal and schedule a pick-up time.
Those who adopt animals can qualify for the BLM’s Adoption Incentive Program, receiving $500 at the time of adoption and another $500 after they receive title. Title to adopted animals remains with the BLM for a year. Adopters can apply for title after a year of providing good care. Title to sale animals is transferred immediately. Adopters and purchasers must sign an affidavit pledging not to use or sell the animal for commercial purposes or slaughter.
The BLM protects and manages wild horses and burros in balance with other public resource values on 177 herd management areas across 26.9 million acres of public lands.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, which was passed unanimously by Congress and signed into law Dec. 15, 1971. To mark this anniversary, the BLM is holding a series of events around the country highlighting the value of wild horses and burros as enduring symbols of our national heritage. Learn more at blm.gov/whb/50years.