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 BRAT Basenji

Desperately sseking a doggie playmate! Winston Bishop is a handsome brindle boy who needs an experienced home and a playmate. He loves going for walks and wrestling with his coonhound friend and the other Basenjis. Winston loves chasing the birds, squirrels, and bunnies. We have a doggie door, and he knows to use it. FIND OUT MORE »

BRAT's Frequently Asked Questions

Here you’ll find answers to questions like: Is a Basenji the right dog for me and my family? Will BRAT place an intact dog with me? Does BRAT transport dogs to their new homes? How much does it cost to adopt a Basenji from BRAT? READ MORE »

Donate to Fanconi Testing

Fanconi testing is crucial to the health and well being of Basenjis. BRAT is committed to testing all our dogs under 10 years old. 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 »

And the winners are ...

Welcome to the BRAT 2022 Calendar Contest finale! All the photos submitted are sensational. The top 10 winners will receive a free calendar when they go on sale in the fall! SEE THE WINNERS »

Read about our adoption process

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

Are Basenjis Hypoallergenic?

The Basenji appeals to people because they have read that the breed is hypoallergenic. But is it true? Long time BRAT volunteer Chey Miller provides us with the scientific information about the nature of human allergies to dogs. VISIT THE PAGE NOW »

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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 »

Happy Ending Stories

A page you may not have seen is our Happy Ending Stories. Izzy, shown above, is one of many stories we've collected. Izzy came to BRAT after her owner died of cancer. Well-loved, she lost the only home she had ever known in nine years of life. The owner's daughter could not keep her and made a very difficult choice to rehome her with BRAT. READ MORE »