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 »

Featured Basenji

Potato is a sweet and gentle six-year-old red and white male Basenji who loves companionship whether it is with humans or dogs. His foster describes him as a capybara, agreeable and friendly to everyone. Potato has a quiet curiosity and does well meeting strangers. 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. 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 to continue testing. DONATE NOW

Vote for your favorite photos for BRAT's 2025 calendar

The voting fun has begun and will continue until midnight, July 28, 2024, Pacific Daylight Time. So, hurry, hurry, hurry, VOTE NOW »

BRAT's Helpful Links

We have lots of helpful links here: Other Basenji sites we like; Certified Trainers and Behavior Help; Health Information; How to Find a Lost Pet; Lure Coursing and Racing; Regional Basenji Clubs and Meetup Groups and more. READ MORE »

The Good, Bad, and Ugly

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

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Rescue Work is Ongoing, Never Ending, and Costly

All Basenjis in our care receive complete veterinary care, including DNA testing for Fanconi syndrome. In many cases the dogs need more extensive medical treatment and their expenses are far greater than our reasonable adoption fees. 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 »

Read about our adoption process

Before you decide to adopt from BRAT, you'll want to read about our adoption process. READ NOW »

Happy Ending Stories

Mikaela has been one of the best things that has ever happened to me and my family. I look forward to a long life together. READ MORE »