2 special needs wild horses escape death at roundup

Day 2 of Devil's Garden Roundup courtesy Devils Garden Wild Horses FB Page

Day 2 of Devil’s Garden Roundup courtesy Devils Garden Wild Horses FB Page

Protect Mustangs will help find homes for 2 wild horses who would have been killed at Modoc Forest roundup

ALTURAS, Ca.(September 27, 2016)–Last week Anne Novak, founder and director of Protect Mustangs reached out to U.S. Forest Service staff with an offer to help find homes for any wild horses rounded up with pre-existing conditions–who would be killed–not offered a chance at adoption. Tonight Novak received the first call from Forest Service staff.

“It’s always bothered me that after wild horses heal from injuries and survive in the wild, they are chased by helicopters, rounded up and killed upon capture because they don’t seem like they would get adopted,” says Novak. “Some people don’t want a riding horse. Some people want to save a life.”

So far, two wild horses from the roundup have pre-existing conditions. One is believed to be pigeon toed due to a broken foot that healed in the wild. The other mustang’s condition is unknown at this time.

“They need to go to loving homes to become pets–not riding partners–or go to sanctuaries,” explains Novak. “They have survived in the wild and that’s a harsh life. They deserve our compassion after the roundup and they deserve to live.”

After the mustang protectors make an assessment of the wild horses with pre-existing conditions, a sanctuary might be a more suitable forever home. It’s too early to tell.

These two California wild horses from Modoc County will join their herd-mates at the Bureau of Land Management’s Litchfield holding Corrals near Susanville. There they will be prepared for adoption with the others.

Adoption applications are here: Protect-Mustangs-BLM-facility-adoption-app

    • Cost to adopt is $125.
    • Adoptions by appointment only, call (530) 254-6575.
    • Open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Summer hours are 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. The facilities are closed on federal holidays. Please call for current information.
    • Information is available 24 hours a day by calling 1-800-545-4256.
    • Completed adoption applications can be sent to Videll Retterath by e-mail vrettera@blm.gov or fax (530)252-6762.
    • The Corrals are located 21 miles east of Susanville , CA on US Highway 395.
    • Adopters receive title to wild horses after one year

Protect Mustangs will post photos as soon as we get them. Tax-deductible Gas donations are always needed to help us help the wild ones.


Photo by the US Forest Service

Members of the public with questions about the BLM’s requirements for adoption, questions about the wild horses with pre-existing conditions, who want to help network homes for wild horses who would be killed for pre-existing conditions, need trainer referrals, or want some tips on how to build an inexpensive shelter are invited to email the mustang protectors at Contact@ProtectMustangs.org

“I pray we can change the trend of killing special needs wild horses at roundups,” says Novak. ‘Someone’s going to fall in love with them. After all they’re still American mustangs.”

Protect Mustangs is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of native and wild horses. www.ProtectMustangs.org

12 thoughts on “2 special needs wild horses escape death at roundup

  1. Please have a heart if you have land and love animals take one of these beautiful animals in, they will give you back more pleasure than money could ever buy.

  2. Please help Protect Mustangs find forever homes for the American Wild Horses they are our history, Our Icon. Thank you.

  3. Please listen to your heart! And do the RIGHT THING! HELP save these Animals! And adopt! Thank you!

  4. I have found over the years that taking animals with a problem has been very rewarding. Wild mustangs are amazing and beautiful horses. They are strong and learn to survive with their problems. Why kill those with a bad foot ect ect? Seeing them in your pasture knowing you are giving them life not a death sentence is very rewarding. Thanks Anne Novak for bringing this into the light. You are a very dear person for sharing this.
    All who can help these 2 wild iconic horses or others like them please do.

  5. Thank you to everyone who tries to make a difference. I have had mustangs since 1987, and while I have taken in many rescue horses that others did nothing to help, my heart still belongs to the mustangs.

  6. Animal cruelty is now reported t FBI. BLM is cattlemen who want lands for their cattle and the American Heritage horses killed. Bundy didn’t get away with what he was trying.

  7. Even if you cannot adopt a wild mustang because you don’t have a place, you can still donate money to a sanctuary or rescue ranch who will feed, give medical attention, and home them to prevent them from going to slaughter. Your monetary support can be as useful even if you don’t have a home for them. Anne Novak, thank you for being the Mother Theresa of Americas wild mustangs!!!

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