Due to limited financial and fostering resources, it is our policy to give preference to purebred Basenjis. Under these limited circumstances, BRAT will take ownership of Basenji mixes that resemble* purebred Basenjis:
Our IRS determination letter, which reflects we are a qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, may only be used when taking possession of a dog that will become a BRAT-owned mix. The letter may not be used to secure the release of a Basenji mix in the event the dog will not be a BRAT supported rescue.
BRAT's Board of Directors needs to approve all Basenji mixes that will become BRAT-owned, and will make exceptions to the policies on a case-by-case basis.
* We look for traits in Basenji mixes that resemble purebred Basenjis (e.g. prick ears, curly tail, short, smooth coat, etc.)
** This has happened when an inexperienced BRAT volunteer, unfamiliar with the appearance of a purebred, takes possession of a mix, believing it is a purebred.
These scenarios can be avoided if volunteers always request photos before any action is taken. We cannot stress enough the importance of photos – GET PHOTOS before you act! (If a volunteer needs help identifying a dog, refer to BRAT's Shelter Letter or contact us.
If a BRAT volunteer meets the dog and it is not a purebred Basenji, the volunteer should not take possession of the dog unless the volunteer is willing to care for the dog without BRAT’s help.
Revision date 01/22/2023 jk