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

Meet Major, a sweet and handsome six-year-old male Basenji. Major came into BRAT after his owner passed away. The loss and the resulting total lifestyle change have been a lot for Major to handle, but with the loving and patient care he’s had with his foster, he has begun to relax and adjust to his new life and is looking forward to settling in to a loving forever home. 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 Convention 2021 registration is now open!

This year's 17th annual BRAT convention is June 3-5 in Asheville, North Carolina. We have a great schedule of fun activities, a raffle, auctions, informative presentations, and lots of socializing. Using our link you can register or simply view the events without registering. FIND OUT MORE and REGISTER

Tri-Color Tote Bags

BRAT is pleased to offer for sale limited edition custom embroidered tote bags. The machine washable tri-color canvas bags are available in two colors, blue and white or beige and white. The totes are 15” x 15” with a 22” handle and a 3” gusset. ORDER 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 »

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 »