The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been making excess animals removed from the range available for adoption since 1971 and has placed more than 235,000 animals into private care. Over the last 10 years, adoptions have steadily declined to approximately 2,500 animals per year. Adoptions totaled 2,631 animals in FY 2015, compared to 5,701 in FY 2005, a decade ago. The Program is taking a number of steps to increase adoptions, including building on successful partnerships that facilitate adoptions and increasing the number of trained animals available for adoption. Trained horses and burros are in greater demand and are more likely than untrained animals to be adopted by private parties.
One of the identified barriers to placing a greater number of animals into private care is the need for additional foundational training to attract more potential adopters. The Program receives requests from interested adopters and it is clear that the demand for trained animals exists.
In an effort to increase the number of trained animals available for placement into private care, BLM has issued a Request for Applications (RFI) for funding assistance to train wild horses and burros for placement into private care in the Eastern United States.
Proposals for the pilot program will only be accepted from trainers residing in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
To access the solicitation:
Applicants who have never conducted business with the government must first obtain a Duns and Bradstreet number at www.dnb.com before registering at www.sam.gov to do business with the Federal Government. There is no fee involved in registering with sam.gov.
- Visit www.fedconnect.net.
- Click “Search Public Opportunities Only”
- From the drop down menu under Search Criteria, select Reference Number.
- In the search field, type the reference number L16PS00289
- Click the link to the Training Ambassador Pilot Program solicitation.
The deadline to submit a proposal in response to this solicitation is April 22, 2016 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.
Read more at the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management.
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