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People can plan now for horse, burro adoption in October

People can start planning now to adopt wild horses and burros that will be in Camp Verde at Fort Verde State Historic Park on Oct. 12-14.

Living symbols of the Western and pioneer spirit will be available to qualified adopters at a wild horse and burro adoption event sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Camp Verde. The park is located two blocks off Main Street (Highway 260).

About 40 wild horses and burros, including yearlings will be available for adoption during two rounds of silent competitive bidding and lottery drawing from 1-2:30 pm. on Saturday.

The minimum adoption fee is $125 per animal. After the auction, successful bidders will have a chance to adopt one additional buddy horse (companion) for only $25 by lottery drawing. Reduced fees offer an incentive and place more animals with adopters as companion animals, said BLM Arizona State Director Elaine Zielinski. Walkup adoptions will be available following Saturday's auctions through Sunday.

Registration for bidding takes place on Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The site will remain open Saturday until 5 p.m., and Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for adoption of animals remaining after Saturday's auction, and for adopters to pick up and transport their animal(s) home.

To qualify, bidders must be at least 18 years of age, with no record

of animal abuse. Animals will need to be kept in a corral made of sturdy

material and at least 400 sq. ft. An adoption application must be completed and approved by BLM in advance. After one year, adopters demonstrating humane treatment of animals in their care are eligible to apply for title.

BLM offers animals removed from public lands for adoption after they receive a clean bill of health by a certified veterinarian and possess a negative Coggins test (the only known method to determine if a horse has equine infectious anemia) and vaccinations for other common equine diseases including West Nile. The animals vary in ages, colors, and breeds.

For more information about the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program and to qualify to adopt, people can contact the BLM toll free at 1-866-4MUSTANGS (866-468-7826), or visit their website at www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov. BLM wild horse and burro specialists will be on hand to guide individuals through the adoption process.

For more information, people can call (602) 417-9219 or fax at (602) 417-9424.

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