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 »

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 »

The Wrong Choice

Author Sue Owens Wright writes a thoughtful and enlightening piece on her experience as a Basenji guardian. She tells us: never choose a pet unadvisedly or lightly. READ MORE »

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 »

BRAT's 2023 CALENDAR IS NOW ON SALE!

We are excited to announce that BRAT's 2023 calendar is now on sale! Our biggest fundraiser of the year, the calendar is jam-packed with adorable photos of our favorite curly-tailed companions, submitted and voted on by volunteers, adopters, and friends of BRAT. Help us stay alive and well. ORDER NOW!

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 »

Read about our adoption process

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