Adopting a Basenji from BRAT is not a first-come, first-served process. It is based on evaluating the dog, describing him fully and putting that information into a public setting for all interested applicants to consider. After that, the assigned coordinator goes through all inquiries to find the family whose situation best dovetails with what the coordinator feels best meets the needs of the Basenji in question. Of course, more intensive interviews follow the preliminary screening and a home visit is required before any final placement decision is made.
When we have a young, healthy Basenji, it shouldn't surprise anyone that many of our applicants—some of whom have been patiently watching the postings for months—are interested in applying for that dog. They may have been turned down in the past; not because they are unsuitable but because out of the applicants considered, someone else's situation was felt to be the best match.
Faster is not always better, especially when re-homing dogs. People who work in rescue are aware that those who want a dog can buy a puppy in a pet store, online, or from a breeder without too much screening in some cases. We are painfully aware of this because when people don't do the research on which breed best suits their life style, we sometimes see these puppies later in rescue. BRAT has an excellent track record for placing Basenjis in “forever homes.” One of the most important reasons for the high success rate is the thoroughness of the screening and matching process. Because it is thorough, it takes time. How long a potential adopter can expect to wait while being screened and approved for a particular Basenji varies. The whole process might take a month or an applicant might have to wait several months or more for the right dog to come along.
If you are interested in a dog, contact the BRAT coordinator by using the link on the dog's information page. On the form, you can include a brief description of your home situation and explain why you feel this particular dog might be a good match for you. After that, wait for the coordinator to reply (remember that it might take a few days and that all BRAT staff are volunteers). In all likelihood, the coordinator will have further questions for you. Think about these questions carefully. You may even wish to discuss them with your family. BRAT coordinators are not trying to be nosey or give you a hard time. They just want a positive outcome for you and the Basenji. We appreciate your cooperation and honesty.
This is also a good opportunity for you to ask questions. For example, if the coordinator mentions that the Basenji has a particular health problem or behavioral challenge, you may want to request a more detailed explanation. If for some reason you aren't able to answer the coordinator within a few days, at least let him or her know right away whether you’re still interested.
A couple of last words: BRAT does not require that people are at home 24 hours a day in order to adopt a Basenji. And BRAT does not explore your financial situation. There are some absolutes in the BRAT process, but there is also great emphasis on looking at each dog and family on its own merits.
If you have any questions about the placement process, please do not hesitate to write us by using our Contact Us page. Thank you and good luck in your search for a Basenji rescue.