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Colorado Basenji Rescue ...providing rescue, foster-care & placement of Basenji, and Basenji-mix dogs.

Adoptable Dogs  


 Jaco & Juniper

(Jaco is pending)

*UPDATE! Both Jaco and Juniper are doing well in separate foster homes and will be able to be adopted separately.

Jaco is seeking a home with other dogs as he LOVES dog interaction.  He would be compatible with a dog savvy cat, and best in a home with active adults. Jaco no longer needs medication for a past skin condition.  With the addition of organic coconut oil to his diet, we have been able to remove the Apoquel from his program.Jaco

Juniper is seeking a quiet home, preferable as the only pet.  She is very loving to humans and has a high prey drive for squirrels and small critters.  No cats for Juniper!

These two affectionate Basenjis are seeking a new home due to a divorce that has limited the resources the owners feel the dogs deserve.  Although Jaco,3 ½, and Juniper, 4 1/2 years of age, have become best friends over the last three years—and ideally would be adopted together—they are both very adaptable and would be fine being adopted separately if necessary.

Due to their boisterous spirits, high prey drive, and desire for human interaction, these two would do best in a home with a secure yard and a family able to devote plenty of time to fulfilling their need for exercise and mental stimulation.  They enjoy chasing squirrels, play wrestling, and snuggling on the couch with their humans.

Jaco is very sweet and loving.  He was adopted from CBR when just a puppy and fit in well with the owners and their Basenji, Juniper.  He has been Fanconi tested with the direct DNA test and is a carrier, and thus is very unlikely to develop Fanconi.   He is up to date on all vaccines, microchipped, neutered and has no major health issues.  He does have some allergies and is currently on a medication, Apoquel, to address the itching.  Jaco is playful, quirky, and fun loving.  He does have the “wake up badly” Basenji gene so it is advised not to bump him while he is sleeping.  Other than that, he is very friendly.

Juniper is too smart for her own good!  She is eager to learn new tricks and experience new challenges.  She is a jumper and can easily clear a 4 foot fence. She is Fanconi clear with the direct DNA test and has a healthy bloodline.  Like Jaco, she is current on all vaccines, microchipped, and spayed.  Both Basenjis are on regular heartworm preventative.  They currently eat Orijen dog food, a high quality kibble.  Neither Basenjis would be appropriate for a home with cats but they do well with dogs. 

If your home and heart have room for both or one of these amazing Basenjis please contact Peggy at (303)455-8216 or inquiry@coloradobasenjirescue.org

Bandit and Lucky

Lucky (right) Bandit (left)

Hello all Basenji lovers!

My name is Lucky.  My original owner, now deceased, gave me the name Lucky and I am sticking with it!  I do believe that soon my lucky day will arrive.  While I am waiting for my new humans to adopt me let me give you a bit of background information.

LuckyI was born on November 21st, 2005 and have lived with one owner/Basenji breeder until his untimely death.  I was a country boy and was surrounded by other Basenjis in a rural mountain setting.  After my owner’s passing the whole lot of us were transferred to the care of Colorado Basenji Rescue.  Most of our pack have found homes and I am looking forward to my “lucky day”  as well.

I am a male Basenji..well, that is questionable after that surprise trip to the veterinarian recently.  Boy, that was NOT my lucky day.  I got a complete tune up, including a neuter.  Yikes!  And to add insult to injury I came home minus 13 teeth.  (I did not see a dentist on a regular basis and never flossed my canines, big mistake.)  Well, I have recovered, and I guess I will get over the indignities suffered on that day.  One must move forward. 

Since my transfer I have learned to sleep in a crate and to wait to do my business outside.  I will need some supervision with housetraining in a new home, however.

I have a good appetite and am very active.  I am shy at first with new people but once I can see that the new humans are not dangerous, I am fine with greeting them and being petted.  I have learned to take walks on a leash and am doing pretty well, I have been told!

My father, Spicer, is alive and well at 16 years of age, as is my mom, Miss JJ who is just one year older than I.  (Yes, mom was a child bride) Mom has been adopted and has a wonderful home in Colorado.

Well, I guess that about covers it..oh, BUT WAIT!  Did I mention that you can adopt not one, but two Basenjis?  I have a lovely companion, Bandit, with whom I share my life.  My partner in crime is a tricolor female Basenji just about my age.

You can see by her photo that she is a knock out!  Would you consider both of us????

Lucky is neutered, had a complete CBC and dental, vaccinated for rabies on January 29th 2015, strip tested negative for Fanconi, and microchipped.  He weighs 19 pounds.

Lucky would be best either adopted with his female companion, Bandit, or as the only pet.  He has not lived with cats.

The adoption fee for the pair is $275. 

A Basenji knowledgeable home with no small children is important for a successful adoption.

Bandit is spayed and will receive updated vaccinations, microchip, and dental prior to adoption.  She has been strip tested negative for Fanconi.  Her birthday is December 5, 2004.  She is similar to Lucky in personality and behaviors.  She enjoys Lucky but would likely not do well with unfamiliar dogs.  Bandit is energetic and very inquisitive.  She will need supervision and guidance in a new home.  A home with owners home at least part of the day would be best for Bandit.

Both Lucky and Bandit currently eat Fromm Gold kibble mixed with sea kelp and are fed twice daily.

Both Lucky and Bandit have come a long way in foster care and with patience in a Basenji savvy home they will thrive. For more information about Lucky and Bandit please contact Peggy at (303)455-8216 or email toinquiry@coloradobasenjirescue.org

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Beautiful Basenji Mixes


Special Note: Zero is a courtesy posting for the owner and not a CBR evaluated dog. His adoption will be arranged directly through the owner.

Zero is a 23 lbs Jack Russell/Basenji mix and is approximately 15 months old. Not on medication for any diseases & up to date vaccines. House, crate, and early stage muzzle trained.

Very energetic, always wants to play & be involved; frequent "zoomies" Extremely intelligent & willing to learn new tricks (he knows plenty!) Learns quickly and will do 'high value' tricks just to get more treats :) When calm, generally very obedient and he is very sweet and caring. 

He is incredibly loyal and always checking on every member of the "group" that he is with. Loves watching the outside world (windows/balconies with a sun spot are his favorite) His favorite activities are tug of war, tearing up cardboard or rope toys, and playing fetch. Will destroy anything you give him but good about not destroying any non-toy. Loves to sleep cuddled up with you on a couch at the end of the evening.

Unfortunately, he has to go to the right house to the right person(s). Before adopting, we'll need to do a phone call introduction, and in-person meeting, and a review of the new home. He is EXTREMELY reactive to other dogs. Cannot see one without reacting, even hearing another dog often gets him extremely agitated. We have been undergoing significant training and he will need to continue being worked with. He can be mouthy while playing, especially with new people, but has not bitten outside of reacting to another dog.

Perfect Home: He must be the only pet and the person(s) adopting must have time and willingness to keep training. He has a lot of energy, need to be able to burn it off through safe and consistent exercise. Ideally, location would be a low stimulus house/neighborhood significantly better than an apartment/condo or the city. A fenced-in backyard would be ideal. 

Please only reply if you are willing to be a perfect match for a great little guy who is just over stimulated in a downtown environment with an owner that travels!

Contact Mike at 203 814 0716 or bologna.michael@gmail.com




Good news to report about Barkley.  He is improving in his behavior around other dogs and is able to walk pleasantly with another non dominant female dog.  He is also able to visit the dog’s home and behave with respect to her space.  This improvement has taken time and work but is quite encouraging!

Hi folks!  I am Barkley and I am eagerly waiting for someone to choose me to love.  Here are my particulars for your consideration..

I am about 2 years old and spent time in a shelter with a leg injury before coming to Colorado Basenji Rescue.  My leg has healed and I am “ready to roll”!

I weigh 19 pounds and am somewhat light boned like an Italian Greyhound.  My handsome face resembles a Jack Russell or Smooth Fox Terrier.  My body has a Basenji-like appearance.  There you have it!

I am an active guy and would love to find a human to keep me busy.  A home as the only dog would be best for me as I do not know how to behave well around other dogs.  I love humans, though!  I have no physical issues and eat like a horse with no complaints.  I am kennel trained and am very good about waiting to go out to do my business.  I love to travel in the car in a wire crate..it really sooths me for some reason.

Barkley is a great little dog suited for an active owner with some prior dog experience.  He is happiest when he can get out to exercise several times daily.

If interested in more information about Barkley please contact Peggy at (303)455-8216 or inquiry@coloradobasenjirescue.org




The Continuing Stories



Please visit New Beginnings to view our adopted dogs.

On the New Beginnings page, you'll also find after-adoption stories and photos sent in by our adoptive families. Just click the "News!" icons.


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