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 »


Kobe is a very sweet boy looking for a permanent home where he can feel secure and confident. He loves to run so he should have a large yard with a fence he can't climb! He likes to cuddle right on top of you, and will jump right in your lap! Kobe has been taking nosework classes and this has helped immensely during walks. READ MORE »

Donate to Fanconi Testing

Fanconi testing is crucial to the health and well being of Basenjis. We depend on the generosity of our donors to help save Basenjis who deserve a second chance at a great life. We need your help more than ever! Please consider making an extra donation to BRAT to help cover the additional expense of life-saving DNA Fanconi testing. Help us test the dogs. DONATE NOW »

Burr, baby it's cold out there!

Take the chill off with a new hoodie from BRAT's black and white collection. Choose from pullover or zip front in multiple colors for both guys and gals. Everybody on your gift list will love to cuddle up in this! OR SHOP ALL ITEMS NOW »

BRAT's Helpful Links

New on our links page is a list of Regional Basenji Clubs. We also list other Basenji sites and a comprehensive list of where to start finding trainers and behavior help, where to find health information, how to find a lost pet, and two lure coursing links. We hope you find these resources helpful. VISIT THE PAGE NOW »


If you've been waiting for the calendar to drop in price, your wait is over! We're now offering it for $10 + postage and handling. Always popular, it's jam-packed with adorable photos of our favorite curly-tailed companions submitted and voted on by volunteers, adopters, and friends of BRAT. This is our biggest fund raiser of the year and your support is greatly appreciated! ORDER NOW »

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 »

The Good, Bad, and Ugly

On this page of the website, we explore just how ugly, bad, and good the Basenji can be. This is a must read for anyone considering adopting this breed. READ MORE »

The Kong-sicle

Dogs like to chew. But some products aren't good for them. Or, treats can be too rich. 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. More recipes at Kong's website. »

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Get a replacement BRAT ID tag. Order a lost tag or a second tag for a special collar. Give us the tag number, donate $5 and we'll send you a shiny new tag! ORDER HERE »

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Go for a walk & help BRAT at the same time! Install the app for iPhone or Android, select Tennessee, select Basenji Rescue and Transport, and off you go! Walk any distance at least once a week to support our work helping Basenjis in need. FIND OUT MORE and download the app at the WoofTrax home page »

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 »