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 »

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. Here is some of Izzy's write-up: 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 »

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 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 »

And the winners are ...

Welcome to the BRAT 2023 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 like you! 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 »

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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 »

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 »