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Comstock Wild Horse
Foster Caregiver

Due to current Nevada range conditions increasing numbers of horses are migrating into populated areas in increasing numbers. The state has to trap and remove wild horses that become too comfortable around humans and become serious traffic hazards and public nuisances. Due to current poor range conditions these animals will typically return to civilized areas after being relocated back onto the range. Therefore the state is holding most of these horses for approved adoption groups to place in private hands.

The Dept. of Agriculture has to pay board per head to the prison industries company for all the horses that they are holding. Since the numbers of horses coming in are taxing the Dept. of Agriculture's horse program budget, these horses have to be moved out of the state holding facility and be either placed with adopters or in Foster Care. Otherwise they risk being taken to the Fallon Livestock Auction.

The participating adoption groups do not have sufficient holding space for all these animals and adoption rates are not keeping up with the number of horses coming in, so volunteers willing to provide Foster Care for these animals are desperately needed.

Foster Caregiver Requirements

  • Foster Caregivers must be within a reasonable travel distance of the state holding pens, one of the participating adoption group's holding pens, or a designated delivery hub.

  • Foster Caregivers must have the experience and skills needed to safely care for the age and temperament of the horses that they take in.

  • Foster Caregivers must have suitable and safe enclosures to safely hold the age and temperament of the horses that they take in. (Please see Facility Requirements.)

  • Foster Caregivers will be responsible for animals in their care.

  • Foster Caregivers may be reimbursed for actual care costs (e.g., hay expense) after the animals are placed.
Caregivers are always needed

Since the purpose of holding these horses is to locate suitable adopters for permanent homes, Foster Caregivers should expect that interested adopters may contact them for information about the horses that they are holding and to make appointments to view the horses.

For additional information about the Foster Care program or to volunteer to be a Foster Caregiver please contact Shirley Allen, LRTC Adoption Services Coordinator.

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