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 »

Donate to Fanconi Testing

Fanconi testing is crucial to the health and well being of Basenjis. We depend on the generosity of our donors to help save Basenjis who deserve a second chance at a great life. We need your help more than ever! Please consider making an extra donation to BRAT to help cover the additional expense of life-saving DNA Fanconi testing. Help us test the dogs. DONATE NOW »


Ranger is a pup in progress. This adorable, wild child needs a Basenji-savvy family who can train him with positive methods. Note that he will only be placed in a home with a young, female dog who is up to the challenge. If there is more than one playmate, Ranger can sometimes become mouthy to the other dogs either because he’s vying for attention or he’s over stimulated. A loud, stern “No” or “Knock it off” seems to work to bring his excitement level down! READ MORE »

BRAT's Helpful Links

New on our links page is a list of Regional Basenji Clubs. We also list other Basenji sites and a comprehensive list of where to start finding trainers and behavior help, where to find health information, how to find a lost pet, and two lure coursing links. We hope you find these resources helpful. VISIT THE PAGE NOW »

Visit BRAT's CafePress shop

We have an all-new and redesigned CafePress shop that we think you'll love. Look cool and support BRAT by shopping for t-shirts and more, all emblazoned with the beautiful BRAT logo, now in color, black, or white. SHOP NOW »


The wait for the latest and greatest edition of BRAT's always-spectacular calendar is over! We are delighted to announce that it is now on sale! Our biggest fund raiser of the year, the calendar is jam-packed with adorable photos of our favorite curly-tailed companions, submitted and voted on by volunteers, adopters, and friends of BRAT. ORDER NOW »

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 »

The Kong-sicle

Dogs like to chew. But some products aren't good for them. Or, treats can be too rich. Enter the Kong-sicle! The ones pictured above are stuffed with premium canned food and set upright in shot glasses before they go in the freezer. More recipes at Kong's website. »

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