Rescuing Basenjis Since 1999

Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome dogs of the Basenji breed. BRAT rescues Basenjis from shelters, abusive situations, and relinquishing owners. We provide routine and advanced veterinary care for our dogs and ensure that they have been spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated, tested for heartworm, DNA tested for Fanconi syndrome, and evaluated for temperament. In order to secure a "forever home" we screen potential adopters, striving for compatibility of dog and owner. BRAT is an all-volunteer organization recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt charitable corporation since its founding in 1999. Our success depends upon the generosity and dedication of our donors and volunteers. READ MORE ABOUT US »

Rescue Work is Ongoing, Never Ending ... and Costly

All Basenjis in our care receive basic veterinary care. But in some cases they need more expensive medical treatment, temperament modification, and long term foster care. Our adoption fees are reasonable and rarely cover our costs. This is why we depend on the generosity of people like you to help us stay alive and well. MAKE A TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION NOW »

Featured BRAT

Simba is a handsome, happy, very sweet, yet timid boy. He is highly active, loves to go for walks and runs like the wind (in a safely enclosed area). He loves to chase the birds that come to the feeder in the yard and flush them out of the bushes at his foster home. READ MORE »

Volunteer With BRAT

We are an all-volunteer group, dedicated to the health and well-being of purebred Basenjis in need. We welcome dedicated volunteers to the BRAT team! If you are interested in assisting us in rescue activities such as fostering, transporting, checking shelters, performing home visits, fundraising, marketing, and other administrative tasks, fill out our online form. Our volunteers decide which rescue-related tasks they are comfortable performing. Owing a Basenji, past or present, is a plus. FIND OUT MORE »

Walk For a Dog Stats

Walk at least once a week to help BRAT. As of July 19, 2016, 167 people walked 12,102 times for a total of 15,398 miles in support of BRAT. DOWNLOAD THE APP AND START WALKING!

What are Basenjis like in their native habitat?

A letter to BRAT: I happened to visit your website—I was trying to tell a friend at work about the Basenjis—and did a little searching on the Internet. Having lived for a year in a small village in rural eastern Zaire (now Republic of Congo again) in central Africa, in the midst of Basenjis, I would like to interject some thoughts concerning the descriptions of the breed and its habits on your site and elsewhere. READ MORE »

The Kong-sicle

Dogs like to chew. But some products on the market aren't good for them (like rawhide and other treats from China). Or, treats can be overly rich, causing ... well, you know. Enter the Kong-sicle! The ones pictured above are stuffed with premium canned food and set upright in shot glasses before they go in the freezer. READ MORE at Kong's website. »

Basenji Quirks

Basenjis do some very peculiar things that may seem unremarkable at first blush, especially if you have had some experience with other sighthounds. When you see all these quirks together in one dog, however, you discover the uniquely lovable personality of the Basenji! READ MORE »

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