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 »

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Meet Zach! This handsome red and white boy came into rescue with an elderly female Basenji companion who, sadly, succumbed to health issues. Now Zach is ready to strike out on his own and start a happy new life where he can unpack his bags and stay forever. READ MORE ABOUT ZACH! »

Basenji Quirks

Basenjis do some very peculiar things that may seem unremarkable at first blush, especially if you have had some experience with other sighthounds. When you see all these quirks together in one dog, however, you discover the uniquely lovable personality of the Basenji! READ MORE »

The Good, Bad, and Ugly

On this page of the website, we explore just how ugly, bad, and good the Basenji can be. This is a must read for anyone considering adopting this breed. READ MORE »

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 »

2019 BRAT CALENDARS NOW ON SALE!

We are excited to announce the arrival of BRAT's 2019 calendar! It's now on sale and you can order online. Purchases may be made with PayPal (even if you don't have a PayPal account), checks, and money orders. This is our biggest fund raiser of the year and your support is greatly appreciated! ORDER NOW »

Gear from Cafe Press

This hoodie is one of many products we're selling on Cafe Press to earn funds for the dogs. There are a lot more clothing items and lots of other things, all good ideas for gift giving. Thanks for your support! Browse the shop »

BRAT's Helpful Links

Lots of helpful links here. From regional Basenji clubs to where to find trainers and behavior help, where to find health information, how to find a lost pet. We hope you find these resources helpful. VISIT THE PAGE NOW »

Maintaining Those Pearly Whites

In the dim, dark days of dog ownership, back when I was growing up in the '50s, our dogs ran free and lived on table scraps and Kennel Ration. READ MORE »

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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 »