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 BRATs

Meet Chico and Meiko, a pair of handsome red and white 11-year-old brothers. Chico and Meiko are not only brothers, but they are BFFs looking to find their forever home together. While Chico and Meiko do get along with other dogs, they would be happiest in a house with no other dogs where they can be completely spoiled by their new people. They also get along with cats, but again, their ideal home is one where all of the affection is showered on them. 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

As of May 11, 2016, 142 people have walked 10,023 times for a total of 12,770 miles in support of BRAT. DOWNLOAD THE APP AND START WALKING!

At Last! View the Top 15.

View the top 15 photos in BRAT's 2017 calendar contest. These 15 photos received the highest number of votes and we're giving you a sneak peek. Beyond these top 15, we had some really wonderful entries this year and we thank everyone who took the time to submit your favorite photos. READ MORE »

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 was very helpful in getting our guy adjusted; we had good support and follow up. It helped a lot. We have been very pleased with Montgomery, and he seems to like it here. —Pearl & Charlie, Texas

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 »

Maintaining Those Pearly Whites

In the dim, dark days of dog ownership, back when I was growing up in the '50s, our dogs ran free and lived on table scraps and Kennel Ration. The more enlightened dog owners took their dog to the vet for his rabies and distemper boosters, and some even had him "fixed". All things considered, Spot had a pretty good life. READ MORE »

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