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 »

Good Dogs Doing Bad Things

On our page called The Good Bad and Ugly we have compiled a collection of stories from Basenjis owners we who have a lot to say about Basenji behavior. Some are lovely stories, of course, but some will make you cringe. Enjoy! READ MORE

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 »

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 »

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

Give Us Your Best Shot!

It's time to start sorting through your favorite, award winning photos to enter in the 2022 BRAT Calendar Contest, to be published next year. The submission period ends May 16, 2021, and will NOT be extended, so hurry, hurry! We are always thrilled to see your sweet-faced, curly-tailed loved ones. Read the guidelines and summit your photos »

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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 »