ABILENE, Texas - The Bureau of Land Management is holding wild horse and burro adoptions at the Taylor County Expo Center.
The adoption fee is $125 and that is set by law. Buyers must be at least 18 years of age. They also need to have a minimum of 400 square feet of corral space. Animals will be up for adoption Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 to noon.
Those that adopt an adult horse, four years of age or older, the government will pay you to offset your care and feeding costs, but the Bureau of Land Management would like to remind potential buyers these are not domesticated animals.
"It's important for people to understand if you're looking at adopting a wild horse to understand that it is in fact a wild animal," said Paul McGuire, spokesman for the Bureau of Land Management.
For those willing to train a wild horse or donkey, there are many reasons to choose one of the animals at the adoption event.
"Animals that we remove from the public range in order to keep those herds healthy and in balance with the land, we need to find homes for them and that's where the adoption program comes into play," McGuire said.
For those that just want someone to love, they have that too.
"That's exactly what'll happen. She'll get spoiled," said Kenny Brubaker, who adopted a horse Thursday.
The animals are rounded up in 10 different states by the BLM. Wild horses and burros have no natural predators and their herd can double every four years if it is not controlled. That's why the bureau removes thousands of the animals from the range every year and holds adoption events around the country.
Information about future events is at www.blm.gov