Wild Horse Advocates Set 1,000 Horse and Burro Adoption Goal
Fort Worth, Texas, July 1 -- Wild horse and humane animal advocacy groups from across the nation are joining forces for a single cause: to encourage the American public to consider and act on the adoption of a wild horse or burro. A goal of 1,000 adoptions has been set for the first National Wild Horse Adoption Day to be held September 26, 2009.
Local wild horse advocates and fans can take advantage of National Wild Horse Adoption Day by attending an event September 19 & 20, 2009 at The Wild West Extravaganza in Pahrump, NV. The National Wild Horse Association will have gentled horses available at the event on a first come first served basis both days.
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 1 and 6 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.
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.
The goal of 1,000 horses adopted through a National Adoption Day program could create a savings of more than $1,500,000 for the BLM and the American taxpayer.
For more information on events or how to volunteer, go to nationalwildhorseadoptionday.org, nwha.us or call The National Wild Horse Association at 702.452.5853.