Basenji Rescue

We Rescue Basenjis and Shiba Inus

Basenji Rescue

Welcome to America’s Basenji Rescue!


Our mission is to ensure the placement of Basenjis in a safe and loving way, with the least amount of upset to the Basenji being placed. Our goal is the placement into a loving home first and foremost with the Basenji in mind first and foremost

SamOur volunteers have experienced Basenji owners who show, breed or who are owners of beloved pets. As a group, we offer many years of experience for living and working with the Basenji breed, with all of its unique traits which make them so very special.

The first thought that most people have when seeing a dog in rescue/adoption is that the dog must be a bad dog to have lost its home. But read below why it happens.

Basenjis may not be welcomed in the new homes brought about by divorce or separation.The new landlord might not accept dogs.

A move because of a change in job location. A change in jobs or a new baby, where the Basenji is not getting the needed attention and crated more than is desirable.

The birth of children and the dog was never socialized with children and may have issues. The death of the owner and other family members do not want the dog. Basenjis surrendered because of advancing age or chronic illness.

PennySomeone purchases a cute Basenji puppy from a pet store, not knowing anything about the breed. They become frustrated with trying to raise and train the puppy and just want it gone. Some owners surrender dogs at shelters or just dump them.

Owners have been known to leave dogs at boarding facilities or veterinarians and never pick them up. Some merely open the car door, let them loose and let the animal be picked up by animal control as a stray if they are lucky. An owner is not knowledgeable about raising Basenjis, and the dog starts developing behavioral problems that the owner doesn’t know how to solve and does not know who to contact anyone for help. A puppy mill is shut down or goes out of business.