Rescue Information

Piper was rescued in Texas - Photo: E. AllenMany folks may think dogs that end up in rescue are in some way inferior.  Most are dogs that were simply the wrong choice for a family.  Basenjis are not for everyone, and despite their appeal, the demands of owning this active, intelligent hound can be daunting to a first time Basenji owner.

Mismatches are one of the top reasons Basenjis wind up in rescue situations.  Sometimes families did not really consider or understand the time and effort required to raise a lively Basenji puppy.  A variety of other situations may arise that necessitate placement of a Basenji with a new owner.  Rescue helps find new homes for these Basenjis or will help the family with advice on how to keep their Basenji.

The following BCOA volunteers are willing to be contacted to provide local assistance to Basenjis in need of adoption.  Sometimes, this will involve referring and/or screening potential adopters, locating foster homes, and getting appropriate medical care for Basenjis in crisis situations.  Keep in mind that email occasionally goes down or people go out of town.  If you do not get an answer in a reasonable amount of time, contact one of the committee members listed below, and we will try to contact that person or refer you to the nearest alternate.

Additionally you can contact a regional Basenji club.  A list of clubs affiliated with BCOA can be obtained by clicking HERE.

Disclaimer: Contacts on this page are volunteers; the BCOA does not guarantee Basenjis listed or referred and/or the services provided by these volunteers.  Please read BCOA's Rescue Policy.
If you would like to become a BCOA Rescue Volunteer contact Joe Carlson.

There are also independent volunteer organizations that offer help with rescues. Disclaimer: Contact information for the rescue groups listed below is provided strictly as a public service.  These groups are separate entities unrelated to the Basenji Club of America and BCOA is not responsible for the actions of these groups or their agents.  BCOA does not regulate, supervise, inspect, or provide any input into the respective operations, policies, procedures, and/or adoption requirements of these groups.

Basenji Rescue and Transport (BRAT)

Colorado Basenji Rescue


Click on the volunteer's name for email details
1 Joe Carlson BCOA Rescue Liaison
2 Sharron Hurlbut Alaska
3 Michelle Voyek Arizona
4 Ann Calhoun California
5 Susan Culver Suhr California
6 Peggy Shifflet Colorado
7 Kristen Marshall Florida
8 Joan Bradley Florida
9 Joe Carlson & Paul Ketz Florida
10 Kristen Marshall Florida
11 John Gaidos Hawaii
12 Joyce Hughes Idaho
13 Peggy Pick Illinois
14 Liz Newton Illinois
15 Liz Newton Indiana
16 Vickie Jacobs Kansas
17 Cathleen Combs Kentucky
18 Roberta Kosek Maine
19 Roberta Kosek Massachusetts
20 Lynn Arrand Michigan
21 Karen Butler Michigan
22 Carrie Jones Minnesota
23 Diana McCarty Minnesota
24 Sally Wuornos Minnesota
25 Debbi Johnson Mississippi
26 Vickie Jacobs Missouri
27 Liz Newton Missouri
28 Barb Kunze Montana
29 Michelle Voyek Nevada
30 Roberta Kosek New Hampshire
31 Barbara Narehood New Jersey
32 Peggy Shifflet New Mexico
33 Chris Danker New York
34 Chey Miller New York
35 Russella Bowen-Wilkerson North Carolina
36 Cathleen Combs Ohio
37 Tracy Leonard, DVM Ohio
38 Kathy Britton Oregon
39 Russella Bowen-Wilkerson South Carolina
40 Debbi Johnson Tennessee
41 Denise Vertrees Texas
42 Sharron Hurlbut Washington
43 Peggy Shifflet Wyoming
44 Sharron Hurlbut Canada - British Columbia
45 Lynn Arrand Canada - Ontario
46 Carol McGrogan Canada - Ontario

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