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, 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.

Breaking News About Fanconi Testing!

With a revised and updated Fanconi protocol in hand (and a very informative and educational video), Dr. Steve Gonto presented new information at this year's BRAT convention in early June 2015. We are pleased to announced that based on these new methods of managing Fanconi Syndrome, BRAT's Board of Directors voted to begin DNA testing all BRAT dogs before placement. More information will be released in the near future. Go to our Fanconi information page or go directly to the new protocol. If you'd like to help, make a donation.

Featured Basenji

Hi! My name is Skeeter, but I should be called Cuddlebug instead! My favorite thing is to snuggle with my human family, both during the day and at night. Wherever you are, that's where I want to be. I am six years old, deep red and white, with what my foster mom says is the cutest Basenji face she has ever seen. See, my nose kinda curls up at the end and it makes me look precious! Read More »

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 »

Walk for a Dog Stats

As of August 14, 2015, 81 people walked 2,871 times for a total of 3,575 miles for BRAT. Download the app and start walking!

Please help Kodi and other Missouri auction dogs

BRAT attended a going-out-of-business puppy mill auction in Missouri on July 11, 2015. With your generous donations, we were able to purchase all 26 Basenjis and get them to safety (pictured above is Kodi). We now need donations to keep our promise to these dogs. To spay and neuter them, heartworm and DNA test, and vaccinate. Please help us. Donate now »


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Chi Chi Challenges the Fiancé

I was a single mom of two boys and Basenji when I began dating Thom. One weekend I had to go out of town and I asked Thom to care for Chi Chi. He agreed and I brought her to his condo. She sniffed every square inch of the place and I warned him to crate her when he was at work. I returned to a hysterical story of Basenji vs. Man. Man lost.

Thom was used to more common and obedient breeds so the Basenji nature was quite a challenge for him. Read More »

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