I found a thread at one point and checked it out. That is just what I do. I like collecting as much info as possible. So here is the link to the site:
What is occuring is that a variety of individuals are developing a company by trying to collect shipping money ($150) per puppy sold. They state that they are in Affrica or on a mission and can't care for the animals. I have pasted some of the responces that I got from my inquirey. (As a side note, Please do not attack me for checking them out. I am educated and understand when and when not to buy or adopt a basenji. I say this to avoid any criticizm but rather this post is to provide information to those who are unaware.)
**Here are some examples of what is being sent:
Thanks and and great to read from you regarding my puppy for adoption .She are still available and needs a good home that will give her the love and care she deserve . I am giving baby away because I relocated to Central Great Lake Region in WEST AFRICA for my new job and when I arrived the new area 2 weeks ago , i realized that my working hours are not O.K. for me to continue to> keep her with me , I am always very busy at work and have less time to> spend> with her. Can you imagine I cannot spend more than three hours with her a day ? My apartment here does not accept pets and animals so> I cannot keep her with me as it is highly restricted in my apartment . That is , she is always lonely . their transportation documents renewal fee will cost 150$ each . She will be coming with the following ;# Health certificates. # 1 year health guarantee # Complete medical records # Crate and a compact CD package so that you can watch to see what she like and dislike . # and Playing toys So , getting a good home for Rusty is the most essential thing I have ever wanted . So i have some> few questions for you which I hope you get back to me with the answers sincerely . I just want to make sure she is getting into the right home . Hope you do not mind . Where are you located? Why do you need Rusty ? How soon do you need her ?Do you have any experience in raising a puppy ( or pets in general ) ? Do you presently have kids and other pets ? Are you morally and financially prepared for a puppy? Who will look after the puppy when you are not around ?She will be going for free so i will like you to get back to me with your full name and full address including your nearest airport and your contact phone number so that i can carry out shipping.
Total cost:$150.00Usd t amount.
Thank and God bless
Hello, Thanks for your interest in my pet. The little puppy is still very much available for adoption. This little girl is potty trained and friendly with children She fit in the palm of your hand.She is AKC registered puppy ..Adorable and sociable with great Personalities and very good bloodlines..She vet-checked,up to date on shots and deworming,and are health guaranteed…. All the papers will accompany the puppy,But right now I am in Africa on a Christian mission with my wife and we have the puppy right here with us..we are going to ship to you via express delivery on next day delivery after shipment through a shipping agent,so if you are interested in having the puppy, I want you to get back to me with your full name, address including the nearest airport to you. Please if you know that you are not going to take very good care of my baby, do not reply me because I am giving her on adoption not because of bad condition or anything I am only giving this puppy out because we don't have time to take care of the puppy again due to the mission work before us here. She will be going for free so I will like you to get back to me with your full name and full address including your nearest airport and your contact phone number so that I can carry out shipping.
Shipping Fees: $150.00 Usd
Total cost: $150.00 Usd
Thanks for your interest in my pet, Yes My Male Basenji Puppy is still available for adoption and am so sorry i couldn't get back to you on time. and i am leaving my puppy on a Trust and Honesty, I am a God fearing person, and i must know the kind of Family i am Giving out my baby into, firstly:
Are you Married?
What is Your Age?
are you from a christain Family Home ? Let Me Know These Answer YES Or NO?
I really appreciate you interest in him, This little boy is potty trained and friendly with children He will make a great pet to a new family,His name is Mark,Mark is 12 weeks old,Mark is AKC registered and his shots are given up to date,Mark love playing with kids and other animal.All his papers will accompany him with one year health guarantee….But right now I am in Africa on a Christian mission call Empowering Youth to Fight Racism, HIV/AIDS, Poverty and Lack of Education with my wife and we have the puppy right here with us.we are going to ship him to you via express delivery on next day delivery after shipment through a shipping agent,so if you are interested in having the puppy , I want you to get back to me with your full name, address including the nearest airport to you.. Please if you know that you are not going to take very good care of my baby, do not reply me because I am giving him on adopt i on because of bad condition or anything I am only giving this puppy out because we don't have time to take care of the puppy again due to the mission work before us here. i want you to get back to me with the following information below:
With your Full Name?
Your Home Address?
Your Telephone Number?
And including the Nearest Airport to your House. ?
Thanks God Bless You .
Also, it may be a mill. there are alot in WI. But you have to remember, how are we to stop if we just come at them with agression. There needs to be proof, picures and such. How are we to stop it if we just badger them.
Next time be kind, get in with them and see the real truth. Then fix it…..
Oh, by the way…..I probably have the worst experience with dealling with basenji breeders.....i bought a basenji from an individual that happened to murder her mother....and I found out after i bought the dog when i went back to ask for advise....trust me... i may sound nice at first but i am never..."one of those folks".....
It's all good….I have been working with basenjis for 11 years and have been in love with them as well. I am not a breeder. I am not one of these people who will fall for anything. I'm quite smart...... I do however give everyone a chance. I also will not rush into anything. I have been looking for the perfect basenji as a companion for my current dog Isis for the past year. I have looked at BRAT and BCOW. I am not buying a puppy..... I would love to but my Isis does not react well to puppies. She enjoys a more mature dog as a friend. As a side note, I found it rather offensive that I would be put into any categories as 'people like'. Sorry for calling you out.....
At the same time, I don't just trust breeders or any basenji fanatic. I take things on a case by case basis. Just because I was willing to give an individual a chance does not mean I'm a sap.
Also, I don't claim to think that others are on the computer less do to a personal flaw. Some people are just not into computers as I or you. After the messages posted, why should they respond....It wasn't a warm welcome.
I would rather be informative and help those who are new to the basenji community and help them rather that discourage them. Did they perhaps not know what they were getting in to, yes, but that doesn't mean that we have to shun them.
I love the breed above most humans, so pardon my bias, but if that means helping even though the dogs were not breed under the best conditions then fine. I am not encouraging anything but perhaps doing my part to help the breed and the dogs. It’s not the puppy’s fault that they were born but they can still be loved.
Education is the only way to change and fix things.....
Sorry for the rant but I do not like being put in 'typed' box
I with you on that. I live in Racine and I'm having difficult times finding breeders or basenjis in the area. My goal is to try to meet the dog or pup first. I find it hard to blankly say i will adopt or buy over the internet. I have a female, Isis. I want her to be able to bond with the potential dog or al least get along so…..potentials are limited....so I understand..... When I get info I will let you know thanks
Hi! I live in Racine and would like to meet your pups…..but i am confused? Are the pups clear of fanconi? I didn't catch that. I would be interested in they are clear. I will not be breeding but i am looking for a very specific pup. I am looking for a brindle female. but might be interested in a male....depending. I will contact you later on your cell. thanks
Hi! I live in Racine, WI. I'm about an hour form chicago. I would like to meet him. I'm looking to adopt a basenji and would love to help you. Please let me know when we can meet. I would be willing to take him to the vet to see if he is clear of things and healthy. my number is 262-994-1427. thanks! i have a few more questions. If i do not answer please leave a message. I have a female basenji that I would like him to meet too. Perhaps we could set a play date to see if they get along and then we can chat then.