The Basenji Underground Railroad (BUR) operates under the umbrella of Basenji Rescue and Transport, Inc. (A little-known fact is that BUR started operating slightly before our rescue work began.) BUR transportation happens after the adoption of a purebred BRAT Basenji is placed in its forever home. BUR is not a transportation service available to the general public.
BUR's mission is to transport our adopted purebred Basenjis from Point A to Point B. If a dog is in Sacramento, California and adopted in Portland, Oregon, we rally BRAT volunteers who are willing to help us transport the dog to its new home. This process is a rewarding effort, but often challenging and emotional for our volunteers.
Depending on the length of the ground transport, multiple BRAT volunteers may be involved in the run over several days. The transport is carefully planned by the dog's coordinator with the help of volunteers and the dog's new owner. We occasionally ask for help from other rescue organizations.
BUR volunteers transport the dog relay style. The transport is accomplished by carefully planning a series of meeting points along the route to transfer the dog from one volunteer to the next. If the trip is more than a day (or the weather isn’t cooperative), the dog may stay overnight with the last BUR volunteer of the day and the trip resumes the next day.
In some cases, when a ground transport is not an option, coordinators will transport dogs by air. Bear in mind that not all dogs can be flown and not all coordinators will fly their dogs.
Here are some basics you need to know:
There is no mandatory service required for a BUR volunteer. A volunteer is not expected to participate in every transport that is planned in their area, or every transport about which he or she is contacted. Each volunteer makes a personal decision about whether or not to become involved in a particular transfer and to what extent.
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