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 »

And the winners are ...

Welcome to the BRAT 2022 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 »

Convention 2021 Tote Bags

We pleased to offer for sale limited edition custom embroidered tote bags designed for the 2021 Convention in Asheville, NC. Due to popular demand, we have produced additional totes for people who did not attend the convention. The reusable tote bags are made of biodegradable 100% natural burlap fabric (Jute fabric). READ MORE ABOUT THE TOTES AND ORDER »

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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 »