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 »

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Cleo is the sweetest quirkiest little Basenji girl ever. For a nine year old, she is reminiscent of Benjamin Button. Cleo has had a lot of challenges in her life up to this point, but you would never know it by her demeanor and outlook on life. READ MORE »

Basenji Quirks

Basenjis do some very peculiar things that may seem unremarkable at first blush, especially if you have had some experience with other sighthounds. When you see all these quirks together in one dog, however, you discover the uniquely lovable personality of the Basenji! READ MORE »

The Good, Bad, and Ugly

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

Convention registration is open!

This year's 16th annual BRAT convention is June 13-15 in Portland, Oregon. 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 »

Vote for your favorite photos for BRAT's 2020 calendar

The voting fun has begun and will continue until midnight, May 5, 2019, Pacific Daylight Time. So, hurry, hurry, hurry, VOTE NOW »

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. VISIT THE PAGE NOW »

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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 »

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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 »