First to GinnyC: Thank you for stepping up and trying to provide a home for a rescued Basenji. I wish you the best and hope all turns out well for you and your rescue Basenji. Have heart and don't loose faith - - we are cheering for you!!
As for the rest, sometimes you need to look in the mirror, and you may not like what you see. There is NO excuse in this day and age for a lack of communication at the BRAT end. BRAT does a tremendous service in helping Basenjis find new homes. However, that service becomes questionable if it takes months, has so many stipulations, is uncommunicative, such that the applicant loses hope and seeks another path.
I also have tried BRAT, I waited for months for Sharon to schedule a visit. Multiple attempts at communication always went unanswered. She was the only BRAT coordinator in my area. My attempt at BRAT was unsuccessful simply because of a coordinator that was extremely poor at managing her end.
BRAT hopefully, will read this entire thread and re-emphasize the need to keep applicants informed and where things stand in the adoption process.
Best to all.
@pepper Thank you Pepper. As a previous Basenji parent for over 20 years (2 basenjis), I’m ready, willing and able to add another to my home. To clarify, the rescue I contacted previously was independent, not BRAT. I did contact BRAT today to see if I have better luck with them. I did not intend to insinuate that after a week I should have a dog, just that some communication would be expected. After all, isn’t the idea to place rescues with appropriate rescuers?
To some of the others... I also didn’t expect to get attacked on here and I personally don’t tolerate bullying in any environment, expect me to defend myself when I need to. If you don’t have anything nice to say, well, then don’t.
You did nothing to warrant an attack. Please don't let one person sour you on the board. You got ignored 9 days, others for weeks... I think most were very sympathetic to your situation, commiserating even. Rescue homes should be valued, treated with respect. Reading posts here make me sad and angry. Even if someone wasn't a good fit for a dog I had, I worked with them to find a rescue that did. You asked for nothing unreasonable.
Good luck on finding your next dog. Please do also talk to camp basenji, have more options.
While I appreciate all the work rescues do, I often wonder if they actually want the dogs to find homes. Rescue people I know are very “I know all and no one is good enough for my breed.” I’ve also noticed that a lot of dogs seem to be adopted whithin ie by volunteers. With a breed less common like basenjis, there aren’t a lot of purebred basenjis out there for people who prefer to adopt! My family has had similar issues trying to adopt but it was with a much more common breed. My mom was told if she wanted one so bad she could foster. Foster, fall in love with dog, dog is taken away. NOT good for my mom!!
I’ll stick to responsible breeders .
I wish you luck on your journey. I’m sorry some people were so rude to you.
Have dealt with many rescues from many breeds. I think breeders and rescues are more like: I want the best home for my dogs... prove to me you are one of them. Shelters and byb/pm are like "you have the money, here you go." Good rescues are a joy to work with. But they aren't all good fits. I hope your mom found one.
Great news! Curled up next to me right now is my little Basenji girl! I had a very pleasant experience with BRAT and they met me for the transfer this weekend. Once I saw the dog I wanted on their website, the process went very smoothly. On the other hand...still not a peep from the local Basenji rescue.
The woman that runs the "local Basenji rescue" you speak of can be very difficult. She slammed the phone down on me because she hated the breeder (personal issues, not breeder/dog issues) my first dog came from. Some people believe that she is wonderful (she takes in a lot of Basenjis) but then there are those that have had different experiences with her. She does not believe in fostering dogs so any Basenji turned in to her stays with her on her property. Many stay with her forever, either because they have illnesses like Fanconi or behavioral issues.
You should look into the South Coast Basenji Fanciers, the so. cal. breed club. Good place to meet breeders and other friendly Basenji people.