Fans of horses and burros may be interested in an adoption to be conducted in Lubbock next month.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will hold a wild horse and burro adoption in Lubbock on July 12th through the 14th.

The three-day event in the Livestock Pavilion at the Panhandle Plains Fairgrounds will feature more than 50 adult and yearling horses and burros that once roamed free on public lands in the West.

The BLM periodically removes excess animals from the range to help maintain healthy herds and preserve rangeland resources.

Adoption will begin with a competitive bid on Thursday, July 12th at 2 p.m. First-come-first served adoptions follow until 6 p.m. Adoptions will continue the following Friday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon.

Applications must be approved prior to the adoption of the animal, and can be done on site. One must be at least 18 years old with no record of animal abuse, have a minimum of 400 square feet of corral space per animal, and provide free access to food, water, and shelter. A six-foot corral fence is required for adult horses and five feet for yearlings. For transport, animals must be loaded in sturdy covered stock-type trailers with swing gates.

The standard adoption fee is $125, and bidding begins at that amount. BLM also pays a one-time $500 care-and-feeding allowance to adopters of horses at least four years ago.

For more information, call 866-4-MUSTANGS or visit www.blm.gov/nm/oklahoma.