HELP! 8 AKC Basenji Pups in Young County Shelter

  • If someone from BRAT in the North Texas area sees this please PM me with a contact number.

    A backyard breeder has turned 8 puppies over to the Young County Humane Society. The pups were born December 14th, 2009., have AKC paperwork and have had 2 rounds of shots. 5 males and 3 females, a mixture of Tri's and Red/Whites.

    I am an ex-director with the shelter and told them I would attempt to get BRAT involved.

  • Not that it is probably significant, but were the pups born in Dec. '09 or Jan or Feb '10?

  • Ooops. I corrected my original post. It's been a long day, and a Monday to boot. 😉

  • Please go to and post this to them.

  • Hi Craigh,

    I am the BRAT Regional Coordinator for all of Central Time Zone which means if they are in TX I am the person who will assign them to a local coordinator. You may write to me personally at

    We will certainly try to help!

    Liz Newton

  • Thanks Liz,
    email sent.

  • The shelter is currently out of puppy food, and I've offered to feed these pups until they can be rescued.

    I can't afford a premium food for 8 pups for an unknown period of time. I've always fed my dogs Taste of the Wild. Can anyone recommend a decent quality puppy food available at somewhere like Tractor Supply that won't send me to the poor house?

  • Ms. Sharron, would you consider taking donations from some of us to help with the puppy food for these guys? I would be willing to donate so they can have high quality food. I'll also send you and email about this.

  • The local feed store has Chicken Soup for the Puppy Lover's Soul. About $24 for an 18lb bag. Tractor Supply has Taste of the Wild. I think either of these would be far and above anything these pups have ever eaten.

  • @Craigh:

    The local feed store has Chicken Soup for the Puppy Lover's Soul. About $24 for an 18lb bag. Tractor Supply has Taste of the Wild. I think either of these would be far and above anything these pups have ever eaten.

    In a situation such as this, any food is acceptable IMO… And I would be willing to donate food to the shelter. If I can purchase from the local store over the phone and then you can take it to the shelter?

    You can contact me privately, email is on my website

  • Pat,

    Thanks so much for the offer. I just took 70lbs of 4Health puppy food (grainless) to the shelter, with instructions to call me if they needed more. If we need more and I cannot get local donors I may give you a call. The pups should be getting wormed and a second round of shots this week. We had thought they'd had 2 rounds of shots but found out later only one.

    Still waiting to hear from someone at BRAT. Shelter said they hadn't heard from anyone yet.

    Here are a couple pics. The pups seem well socialized.

  • What adorable pups. In my heart I know they will go to good homes. In the meantime, where can I mail a donation to? I'd do a U.S. money order because I am up here in Canada. Let me know who to make the donation payable to.

  • A couple more pics:

  • For information on how to make donations to help with these pups, please see the BRAT post below.

  • Hello- my name is Melissa Benda and I am the district coordinator for Texas. I will be working with these pups and finding foster homes for them.
    I am so happy to see that some of you would like to make a donation, and would like to inform you that you can make a donation with this mail in form:
    You can send money by check or money order to the addy provided on the form

    I, on behalf of BRAT , can accept Gift Cards for the following: PetCo, PetSmart, WalMart, or a prepaid Visa Gift Card

    Thank you all for your concern and your gracious donations. It is all greatly appreciated!
    Melissa Benda

  • Craig- The shelter has been contacted and I have posted info on how donations can be made. Could you modify your last post? BRAT will be picking up these pups Thursday or Friday.


  • Melissa,
    Thanks so much for getting involved. If I can be of any help PLEASE do not hesitate to contact me.

  • For BrendaTXBrat - The address listed is in Tennessee. Is there a better address than that listed on the form to get the funds to you a.s.a.p.? Also, I will be sending a money order as I am from Canada. We have to indicate who the money order is payable to. What is the best name to put down? Thanks so much for your assistance.

  • I hope this BYB has had their dogs spayed and neutered after this fiasco. This sort of thing just infuriates me.

  • Working on getting the BYB to turn their dogs over to BRAT as well. Should know something in the next couple of days.

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