WATERLOO, Iowa (KWQC) – Wild horses and burros will be up for adoption in Iowa. The Bureau of Land Management announced it will offer approximately 40 wild horses and possibly a few yearling and burros for adoption this fall. The event is being held at the Pullin-Simonsen Arena, 257 Ansborough Ave. in Waterloo, Iowa Oct. 21st and 22nd.
The horses will be available for preview and adoption on Fri., Oct. 21 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 22 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on a first come, first served basis. You must be at least 18 years old, and provide an enclosed facility with access to feed, water and shelter in order to adopt. Prospective adopters must also have sturdy corrals that are at least 20′ x 20′ and 6′ high for an adult horse, or no less than 5′ high for horses younger than 18 months. Adopted animals must be transported in a stock-type, step up trailer.
The bureau is charged with managing wild horses and burros under the authority of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. The law allows the bureau to remove excess wild horses and burros from the range, to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands.
The adoption rate is $125 for animals less than three years of age. A second animal may be adopted for $25, which is the same rate for animals older than three years. All animals available for adoption have been examined by a veterinarian, vaccinated, de-wormed, and blood-tested.
Applications to adopt may be submitted at the adoption site until the close of the event on Saturday. For more information about adopting one of America’s Living Legends, call 1-866-4MUSTANGS (1-866-468-7826) or visit http://www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov.
Directions: From US-20, take I-380 North to Route 218 North towards Waterloo. Go past downtown and take Exit 182 for Ansborough Ave. and Fletcher Ave. Proceed to the light intersection for Ansborough Ave. and turn right, the facility will be on your left. If you are hauling a trailer, do not turn left into the facility, instead turn RIGHT after passing the white house/office building, and take the drive that circles back under Ansborough Ave. to the arena. The adoption will be held in the Pullin-Simonsen Arena.