Today I’m going to talk about how the online adoption process appears to be designed. A lot of these questions do make sense believe it or not. It does appear that the BLM is somewhat particular about facility designs. Though history would suggest that they couldn’t really give two cares what a property actually looks like, at least they are making it sound like they do.

Skipping down to the part about whether the applicant has adopted an animal through the program before… If someone were to mark yes, that is probably when the application gets the “Approved” stamp and placed into the appropriate stack. If I had to guess…

Page 2 cracks me up! Asking people to draw anything sounds pretty stupid to me. Can someone explain to me why Google or a GPS can show me a map from Point A to Point B with zero effort but the government entity entrusted with safely delivering your new fur-baby cannot? Why not just have applicants attach labelled photos of each part of the property instead of trying to interpret a drawing.

Moving on to page 3, the BLM gets to approve how many animals one applicant can have? To me, I interpret this to mean that if you are approved for say 10 animals, you can only adopt 10 at a time. Of course, if we look at the thought process of the BLM, if you have 150 acres of healthy land, you can probably only have 2 horses/burros (I will discuss this at greater length on a later date).

Moving on to what I believe to be the bigger problem, after looking through my previous research, I cannot find a single reason an applicant would have to “adopt” any while horse or burro. If one will be patient and wait, you will find that horses that are over the age of 11 and/or been offered for adoption at 3 events, it will be sale eligible which means that the cost of the horse will be $10 per head with an immediate award of the animals title. The process of bidding is the silliest thing I have ever heard of! It is utterly ridiculous! To have to compete with others to give an animal a home is just… silly! The whole point of the program is to give wild horses/burros a home! That is the sole reason for the existence of the program. The program that is failing on all of its fronts.

Bids are placed at auctions. Last I heard, the BLM isn’t openly running a giant auction-house operation. Last I heard, they are running a large-scale equine “rescue”. Rescues do not bid because that would mean that money could dictate the “more fit” adopter. Rescues actually meet potential adopters, do home/facility checks prior to animal release to ensure that the environment is safe for the animal(s). Then the rescue determines if the facility meets standards, proceeding accordingly. I understand that money is the name of the game, however, if the BLM wants to place these animals, stuff needs to change.

  1. No bidding. Just flat fees; first come, first serve on animals
  2. All facilities across the country post all of their vetted horses on the site, with videos and accurate descriptions.
  3. All facilities being open to the Public every day except Sunday and on Federal holidays.

If these things changed, I do believe that adoptions will increase! You would think that that is a desired effect of reasonable action.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this post. If you want to, you could even share it to your social media sites, that certainly wouldn’t hurt my feelings! I hope everyone has a fabulous day!


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