Several hundred (possibly somewhere around 1,000) estray horses are illegally "trespassing" in Crescent Valley near Elko, NV. It appears that virtually all, if not all of these horses have been determined to not be protected BLM horses. BLM is removing the horses but it will be up to the Nevada Dept. of Agriculture to "dispose" of them.
NDA is working hard to distribute these animals through bona fide horse organizations so that they will be properly kept or adopted. (The state is virtually broke so it doesn't have funds to run an adoption program nor board the horses at a BLM facility.)
The catch here is that due to state finances, any horses that don't get picked up by
adoption groups will in all probability have to be turned over to a livestock dealer. About the only buyers for wild horses right now are the meat packers and renderers. It will be up to the wild horse groups to produce a happy ending here.
Here is how NDA intends to handle the placement of these animals:
- Non-profit groups who can document their IRS 501(c)3 status will be eligible to
- In the past the state has let legitimate groups without 501(c)3 status participate
so long as they have a letter from an associated 501(c)3 group that will
"umbrella" the non-profit status of their project.
- The state will turn horses over to these groups for $50.00 per head. This charge
covers such things as processing, brand certificates, blood work (Coggins test) and
interstate shipping papers.
- The groups will have to enter into agreements with the state to receive the
- Participating groups who use horses in their non-profit programs (e.g.,
handicapped riding programs, sanctuaries, etc.) can keep the horses for any
reasonable and humane purposes.
- The participating groups may adopt the animals to private parties and can charge
adopters whatever adoption fees the groups feel are appropriate to cover their
expenses, however the groups will still be responsible for overseeing the horses
for a year (know where
they are, ensure compliance regarding proper care and maintenance, etc.) in a
manner similar to BLM adoption requirements.
- Participating groups must be prepared to pick up their horses within 10 days of
notification that the horses are ready or risk them going to the livestock buyer
and forfeiting their deposits unless prior arrangements are made with private
parties or other groups to hold the animals for them.
- State officials have demonstrated a concerted effort to work with any and all
serious and qualifying adoption groups in order to minimize the risk of horses
being turned over to a livestock dealer.
If the number of horses that groups can take falls short of the number being brought in, the state will try to place the youngest horses first.
While this adoption effort may be similar in process, it is distinctly separate from the Comstock / Virginia Range adoption project. Those horses are separate inventory and are subject to the Virginia Range Adoption Procedures.
DOWNLOADABLE DOCUMENTS AND FORMS
Groups interested in participating need to read the official solicitation letter.
Then you need to download both forms, sign the Cooperative Agreement, submit your horse requests on the Horse Specification Form, and mail or fax those materials to 775.738.2639 along with a copy of your IRS 501(c)3 Determination Letter to the state. You will still need to mail your original documents and required deposit funds to the state.
Paperwork should be received by the State by January 17th, 2003.
If your group needs assistance or an extension to this deadline, please contact James Connelley
If you are an individual wishing to take horses, please contact one of the state approved groups. You can get adoption
group information from Shirley Allen by emailing email@example.com or telephoning 775.246.7636.
Crescent Valley horse information is also available from
Habitat for Horses
for information on the Comstock Wild Horse Adoption Program
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