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 heart worm, strip-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.

Volunteer With BRAT

We are an all-volunteer group, dedicated to the health and well-being of 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 »

Featured Basenjis

Bob is a very handsome and confident, tri-colored, nine year-old Basenji boy. His foster mom describes him as being very loving and loyal. Read More »

Online event registration is now active. Questions? Contact Pat Dukes.

Walk for a Dog Stats

As of May 24, 2015 56 people walked 1,492 times for a total of 1,870 miles for BRAT. Download the app and start walking for BRAT!

From Friends of BRAT

BRAT is doing a wonderful service for people in search of good Basenjis. All my contacts with volunteers of this organization have been exceptional. —Doug, Georgia

We so appreciate BRAT for all they do for this special breed. We hope we can be of some help from time to time.  —Toni & Aaron, Oregon

BRAT is great. Thanks so much for the work you all do. —Ann, Kentucky

Thank you for your continuing work. —Judith and Robert, Kentucky

Light Reading

Prior to last Sunday, I knew nothing about Basenjis. In fact, the only one I had ever seen was on TV showing off at the Westminster dog show. My impression was: “What a beautiful breed, how spirited; they must be so quiet to have around ... they don't bark!” (Of course, that was before I heard my first yodel.) I decided I wanted to add one of these wonderful little dogs to my family of two rescue cats. Excited and full of hope, I contacted the Basenji rescue folks and found that a dog was available ... and only about 40 miles from my house. (sigh) It must be fate! Read More »

The Basenji magazine has announced a promotion to benefit BRAT. A donation to BRAT will be made for each new subscriber. Read More »

Calendar Contest Winners!

See the top 15 photos in this year's calendar contest. Thanks to all who entered!

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