Our Mission

To rescue, rehabilitate and rehome dogs of the Basenji breed; to educate and support owners, potential adopters, and admirers of the breed; to rescue and foster Basenjis in safe and nurturing environments; to provide the care that each dog needs; and to work hard to educate ourselves so that we can confidently place adoptable dogs in the best homes possible for a happy and harmonious outcome.

About Basenji Rescue and Transport

Basenji Rescue and Transport (BRAT) was incorporated in 1999 and operates throughout the United States and Canada. With the help of a vast network of dedicated volunteers, we place approximately 250 dogs annually in permanent, loving homes. We are recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization funded primarily through tax-deductible donations and adoption fees.

BRAT receives Basenjis from relinquishing owners, as well as from shelters or agencies that have removed dogs from abusive situations or received them as strays. We make every effort to notify the reputable breeder of the rescue before we take ownership and arrange transport to pre-approved foster homes.

Each rescue will be fully vetted. This includes spay and neuter, vaccines, flea preventative if appropriate, DNA testing purebreds under 10 for Fanconi syndrome, fecal testing and deworming if necessary, heartworm testing, and recommended dental work. All dogs over 10 get a senior panel. Also, when indicated, we test our dogs for thyroid deficiencies. When the dog is ready for placement, applications are reviewed to find the best home for the dog. Transport to the new home is sometimes arranged.

We also offer post-adoption care to help the owner and dog adjust to their new life together. This after-care is available for the life of the dog to help correct behavior problems or other concerns that may arise.

BRAT is always in need of enthusiastic volunteers, and welcomes the assistance of all current and former Basenji owners and breeders.

Legal Information and Disclaimers

Basenji Rescue and Transport, Inc. (BRAT), its directors, officers, employees, agents, advisors, contributors, volunteers, affiliated organizations or sponsors shall not be held responsible for any reliance that any person or organization places on the contents of this website. BRAT is not liable for any harm, loss or damage (whether arising in contract, tort, negligence or otherwise), including, without restriction, direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential, exemplary or punitive damages, losses or expenses arising out of or in connection with this site or the site content even if they are advised of the possibility of such damages, losses or expenses.

Other web sites that may be linked or otherwise accessed from the BRAT website or which may link to the BRAT website are entirely independent of and do not reflect on BRAT. Neither BRAT nor its internet provider shall, in any manner, be responsible for the content of such other websites nor be construed as conveying any endorsement of such websites, nor any entity related to any of such websites, nor the products or services advertised or sold through such websites. The links for such websites are provided solely for convenience and to promote access to a range of materials and resources. Purchasing BRAT logo items through links provided on this website allow purchasers to donate to BRAT without a cost to BRAT. The products are offered by outside vendors that have agreed to provide BRAT with a percentage of the sales generated through these links. This assists us in funding our ongoing efforts to save more Basenjis.

Products with the BRAT logo, sold through the links on this website are offered by vendors not affiliated with BRAT. BRAT and its members do not guarantee the quality of said products or your satisfaction therewith. Any inquiries should be addressed directly to the individual vendors.

Mission and About Rev. 09/21/11, BE
Legal Information and Disclaimers Rev. 08/10/12, JE



Michelle Barker, North Carolina
Janette Hughes, New York
Debra Johnson, Tennessee
Elizabeth Newton, Illinois
Linda Webb-Hilliard, Kentucky


Linda Webb-Hilliard, President, Kentucky
Michelle Barker, Vice-President/Secretary
Debra Johnson, Treasurer, Tennessee
Don Kuhwarth, Chief Information Officer, Oregon


Patricia Dukes, South Carolina
Chey Miller, New York
Beth Schmidt, Illinois


Sabina Knight, California