Some icons of the American West will return to the Boys and Girls Home this week, and some of them could find new homes.
The Bureau of Land Management will have wild horses and donkeys available for adoption by qualified horseowners Friday and Saturday at Lake Waccamaw. Admission to the event is free for spectators.
There is a minimum fee of $125 for adoptable equines, and a $25 fee for sale-eligible equines. All potential adopters must have printed photographs of their facility and fill out an application.
Horses and donkeys may be viewed from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday. The full corral of available animals can also be viewed on the BLM website at blm.gov/WHB.
On Friday, adopters who have completed the process online may pick up animals between 8 a.m. and noon. Other sales begin at 9 a.m. TIP Trainer selections begin at noon Friday, and from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday.
BLM is continuing its Adoption Incentive Program. Qualified adopters can receive up to $1,000 for adopting an untrained wild horse.
The BLM is responsible for managing millions of acres of undeveloped land in the west and elsewhere. Overpopulation of wild horses and burros can lead to disease among the wild herds and domestic equines, as well as habitat destruction.
Horses and burros are rounded up and kept in holding pens across the west, and sold online and via adoption events. The events also provide delivery service for new owners who adopt animals via the online “corrals” on the BLM website.
For more information, call 1.866.468.7826.