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 »

Rescue Work is Ongoing, Never Ending ... and Costly

All Basenjis in our care receive basic veterinary care. But in some cases they need more expensive medical treatment, temperament modification, and long term foster care. Our adoption fees are reasonable and rarely cover our costs. 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 »

Featured BRAT

Meet Echo, a sweet seven year old brindle female. Echo is very good with the foster family’s resident dog and other dogs they meet out walking and at the stable where they keep horses. (Yep, she likes horses, too). She has not been tested with cats. In typical Basenji fashion, she will chase squirrels and clear the yard if there are birds. READ MORE »

Volunteer With BRAT

We are an all-volunteer group, dedicated to the health and well-being of purebred Basenjis in need. We welcome dedicated volunteers to the BRAT team! If you are interested in assisting us in rescue activities such as fostering, transporting, checking shelters, performing home visits, fundraising, marketing, and other administrative tasks, fill out our online form. Our volunteers decide which rescue-related tasks they are comfortable performing. Owing a Basenji, past or present, is a plus. FIND OUT MORE »

Walk For a Dog Stats

Walk at least once a week to help BRAT. As of June 26, 2016, 147 people walked 11,338 times for a total of 14,428 miles in support of BRAT. DOWNLOAD THE APP AND START WALKING!

Join us in Missouri for BRAT Basenji Fun Day 2016

Taking a departure from our usual convention, this year we've planned a slightly less formal gathering at Purina Farms near St. Louis, Missouri. This event is open to all BRAT volunteers, adopters, potential adopters, and BRAT friends. READ MORE & REGISTER NOW »

From Friends of BRAT

BRAT is doing a wonderful service for people in search of good Basenjis. All my contacts with volunteers of this organization have been exceptional. —Doug, Georgia

We so appreciate BRAT for all they do for this special breed. We hope we can be of some help from time to time.  —Toni & Aaron, Oregon

BRAT was very helpful in getting our guy adjusted; we had good support and follow up. It helped a lot. We have been very pleased with Montgomery, and he seems to like it here. —Pearl & Charlie, Texas

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 »

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