BBNA operates a National Basenji Rehoming and Rescue program, which provides information on Basenjis available for adoption, people who are looking to adopt Basenjis, and people who are available to Foster Care.
How does our Adoption and Rescue Programme work?
Basenjis owners contact us from anywhere in Australia and generally the situation is they are wanting to surrender their Basenji(s). Sometimes we also get a rescue situation where a Basenji is lost/abandon, or it has ended up in a pound or with a welfare group. Annually Basenjis that are surrender by their owners to BBNA make up approximately 90% of our cases and around 10% of cases are rescues.
The FIRST step that we do is to assess the safety and welfare of the Basenji. If it is determined that a Basenji needs to be removed from its current environment because the owner wont keep it anymore, or that its safety is at risk then we will make arrangements to remove it to a safer environment. In such a case we will transport the Basenji to a Foster Carer who is available and/or to a carer who is the most suitable to take on the Basenji. In some circumstances the owner will continue to look after the dog until a home is found, this is the easiest arrangements for BBNA and is less stressful in the short-term on the dog.
In the cases where we know the breeder of the Basenji then we will make contact with that person or we will ask the owner to make contact with them to see if they will take the basenji into their care to rehome. If a breeder cannot take the dog back then BBNA will ask the breeder if they will make a contribution towards the expenses of the dog. If a breeder is not prepared to take back a Basenji to rehome, then the welfare of the Basenji is BBNA’s first concern and we will make arrangements to assist with rehoming the Basenji.
Basenjis that come into our care may have varying settling in and/or retraining requirements so the SECOND step that we do is to conduct an assessment of the Basenji. A good understanding of the Basenjis in our care helps us to accurately match a Basenji with its future home/family and, it also helps us to understand what we need to do to specifically address the welfare of each basenji.
The THIRD step we do is to ascertain what veterinary treatment the Basenji needs. In many cases Basenjis that come into our care will need their vaccinations brought up to date and desexing. Sometimes we will need to do other testing of a Basenji if it is determined that there could be issues that we need to check.
The FOURTH step we do is to develop a profile of each Basenji, advertise the dog, and match the dog to a potential new home. We publish all our Basenji profiles with photos on Social Media, the BBNA website, Pet Rescue and Dogzonline. Our Basenji profile contains information for example on: temperament, behaviour, medical issues, vaccinations, and the location of the Basenji. The location of the Basenji in the profile in many instances doesnt mean that the Basenji was bred or lives in the same location. Depending on circumstances BBNA may transport a dog from where it is living to another state/place, so it can be fostered by a Basenji carer. Currently we have 4 Foster Carers in Queensland, 1 in NSW and we are looking at potentially securing 1 in Western Australia. Foster Carers are the key to a successful breed adoption and rescue programme.
Once we get some suitable candidates that would like to adopt, our FIFTH step is to do further shortlisting and then we arrange for a facilities check with ALL potential adoptors. BBNA is fortunate to have a number of volunteers who are situated in every state of Australia who help us to do things like: transporting Basenjis, conducting Facilities Checks, liaising with current and future owners, Foster Caring, and being available to advise/help the new owners. Without the involvement of these volunteers BBNA could NOT run its adoption and rescue programme so successfully.
Once we reach an agreement to proceed with a new owner then the SIXTH step we do is to organise our documentation and transportation to take the Basenji(s) to the new home. All new owners jointly sign an Adoption Agreement with BBNA and they are automaically given 1 year free Associate membership with BBNA, which they can choose to renew if they would like to remain with our Club.
Personally I know that All volunteers who have contributed towards our Adoption and Rescue Programme get a lot of pleasure from helping and seeing that the Basenjis in our care get a great home for the rest of their life – that is our goal in the programme. It really does take a village to look after our Basenjis and to give them a second chance at having a happy life that they deserve. Thankyou to our volunteers, to all the people who have adopted from us in the past, and to all the people who will in the future adopt one of our Basenjis.
UBUNTU – with compassion and humanity to our Basenjis.
Australian Rescue Co-ordinator: Ethel Blair EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Twitter: Basenji adoption and rescue
If you have a Basenjis that you want to tell us about then please email the Australian Rescue Coordinator.
Download a BBNA Adoption Application and send to email@example.com
BBNA accept donations from members and the general public who want to provide financial support to our rehoming and rescue activities for Basenjis. All money donated is deposited into our Basenji Welfare fund. Our Club’s bank account for welfare donations is:
Account Name: Basenji Breed Network Australia Ltd
Account Number: 150861268
Referrence line: Donation
Bank: Bendigo Bank
Basenjis waiting for Adoption:
1 x Female desexed, Red and White colour, 11 Years old, called Rosie.
Click here to see more information on Rosie
1 x Female desexed, Red and White colour, 7 Years old, called Cleo.
Click here to see more information on Cleo