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

Belle is shy at first so this little beauty will need time to get to know her new family. Her ideal home will have a fenced yard or lots of walks. Belle really does need a dog door and a playmate is a must. Adopters must be willing to drive at least three hours in one direction for long distance adoptions. READ MORE »

Read about our adoption process

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

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 »

BRAT Convention 2024 registration is now open!

This year's 21st annual BRAT convention is May 30-June 1, 2024 in Asheville, North Carolina. We have a great schedule of fun activities, raffles, auctions, informative presentations, and lots of socializing. FIND OUT MORE and REGISTER ยป

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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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 »

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 »

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 »

Happy Ending Stories

Mikaela has been one of the best things that has ever happened to me and my family. My grandmother's death in 1996 was a hard thing to deal with, but each day I wake up and see Makaela Marie sitting next to my bed and know my grandma is smiling down on us. I couldn't be happier with my decision to help such a wonderful organization like BRAT and Makaela, I look forward to a long life together. READ MORE »