The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is preparing to host a wild horse and burro adoption event in Giddings.

Approximately 55 wild horses and 30 wild burros will be available for adoption at the Lee County Sheriff’s Posse Arena January 31st and February 1st.  Gates will be open on Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with adoptions beginning at noon, while gates are open on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

The BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program’s goal is to manage healthy wild horses and burros on health public rangelands.  Excess animals are placed into private care through the BLM’s adoption and sales programs, as well as partnerships with organizations across the nation.

Adoption applicants must be at least 18-years-old and have no record of animal abuse.  They must also have a minimum of 400 square feet of corral space per animal, with free access to food, water, and shelter.

Adoption fees start at $25.  An adoption incentive program is available, where adopters can earn up to $1,000 for adopting an untrained wild horse or burro.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Posse Arena is located at 2591 West Highway 290, west of the intersection of Highway 290 and Highway 77.  To learn more, visit www.blm.gov, or go to the BLM Wild Horse and Burro page on Facebook.

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