re: getting a basenji from Rescue. I know that many of you on the list know this but in the interest of those who may not know. BRAT is not the only place to get a rescue. The Basenji Club of America also has rescue coordinators in various states and rescues available. I know for folks that live in MN - most dogs don't end up on BRAT lists because we get them and foster ourselves. In addition at this time of year - many reputable breeders will have decided of the couple they picked as show prospects - which one or ones they will place so there are some 7-8 month olds out there. Then you have what I like to call the 'Golden Opportunity Dogs" They were show dogs - maybe champions maybe didn't like the ring - they are typically crate trained - leash trained etc and most of us like nothing better than to place them in a home where they can be 1 of 1 or 1 of 2 rather than the one of 5 or 6 that some of us have.
There are some very good breeders in NY area - I would suggest that you get in touch with one or more of them and ask about what they may have.
There are a lot of good basenjis needing homes. If you need some help - email me of the forum and I'd be happy to help you find someone near you.