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

Cairo is a beautiful six-year-old Basenji boy who was well loved and well cared for in his former home. He did have one problem: He did not like to be bothered by the young, active children in his former home. For that reason and because children were often visiting, his owner asked BRAT to find him a new home so he could be happy and relax 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 »

BRAT's Helpful Links

Lots of helpful links here. From regional Basenji clubs to where to find trainers and behavior help, where to find health information, how to find a lost pet. We hope you find these resources helpful. READ MORE »

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 »

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 »

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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 »

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 to continue testing. DONATE NOW »