Over the years, I have adopted 4 Basenjis from this organization. My first was from a group of over 100 removed from a home in Kansas City. She was extremely shy and it took her almost two years to come around but she turned out to be very sweet and loving. I was contact a year later about a woman who was having problems with a male Basenji. It bit her husband and was growling at her 3 year old twins. When I first met the dog he tried to bite me. I told her I would give him a try. He is now my best friend. When my K.C. girl had to be put down due to mouth cancer I adopted Heather. Her was another shy girl who is now very loveable. My latest is Daisy. She is the smallest of the three but thinks she is the queen of the house. I donate to BRAT whenever I have a little extra money. They are a great organization.
Having had experience with BRAT, I feel I am qualified to make an accurate statement concerning the organization. Not only does BRAT provide foster care, medical care, which is often much more than a few vaccinations, and placement into qualified homes, it's members also do follow-up with every adoption, offering any needed assistance to help the dog settle into its new home. Every person working for the placement of the unique and often difficult to deal with Basenji is an experienced Basenji owner or former owner. All work is done with the help of donations and only one fund raiser each year, that being calendar sales. No person receives a salary, and many purchase supplies themselves so BRAT can use funds for the dogs. Dogs often need extensive stays for re-hab in foster homes and some also need extensive medical care, sometimes running into thousands of dollars. For example some dogs come into BRAT suffering with Fanconi, an incurable disease. It is up to the foster home to get the dog tested, and onto the accepted protocol for that disease. Dogs come with hip displasia and surgery is needed. All care is given to assure that a dog is in the best of health before placement. If a dog is difficult to place, it remains with BRAT as long as necessary. If follow-up medical care is needed, that is provided by BRAT. No matter what amount is received by BRAT in a years time, it goes right into the care of Basenjis needing homes. Often those Basenjis come in large numbers from puppymills and as expected, those dogs need extensive care and rehabilitation w.ith costs again running into thousands of dollars It is easily seen where any funds that are donated to BRAT go. Any volunteer is willing to discuss that use of funds with anyone to assure that there is never a surplus. All donations, no matter the size are welcomed.