I am proud to announce that BRAT Coordinators completed 230 adoptions during 2012. This number represents many hours of volunteer labor lovingly completed by dedicated BRAT volunteers. From the first notification of a basenji needing a new home to his or her eventual placement, a team of volunteers makes certain that each rescued basenji has all of his needs met. The Regional Coordinators send the Rescue form to the District Coordinators. The DC either coordinates the placement or assigns another coordinator. The next step in the placement process is an evaluation of the basenji, usually done by a volunteer who is closest in proximity. If accepted, the basenji is typically moved to a foster home and the real work begins. Working together, the Coordinator and Foster volunteers make certain that each dog is fully vetted and in optimum health before going to an adopter. Prior to any placement the adopter must have a passing vet reference and a home visit unless they have previously adopted from BRAT. Once the adopter is chosen the Coordinator must plan the transport to the new home, frequently done by the Basenji Underground Railroad (BUR). Post placement tasks done by the Coordinator include post adoption counseling, completion of paperwork and recording of important data.
For organizational purposes BRAT divides the USA into three Regions and has three Regional Coordinators, Roberta Kosek in the East, Liz Newton in Central, and Oren Will in the West. The Regional Coordinators are typically the first to receive notices that a basenji needs a new home. Of the 230 basenjis placed in 2012 seventy-five* were from the Eastern Region, one hundred and thirty* were from the Central Region and twenty-five* were from the Western Region. Texas is by far the busiest state.
*figures may be slightly inaccurate due to basenjis being moved between districts
I want to recognize and thank each of the many District Coordinators and Coordinators but special recognition is deserved by Rick Reinhold who placed thirty-five basenjis and Suzanne Sarlls-Hartwell who placed thirty-one basenjis in new homes. Like many other dedicated District Coordinators, they also fostered many of the basenjis they coordinated.
Below is a complete list of the volunteers who coordinated in 2012.
|Alicia Vig||Jacque Holdaway||Lindy Ireland||Ray Eckart|
|Ann Ketcherside||Jarod Johnson||Liz Newton||Rick Reinhold|
|Barbara Narehood||Jeanetta Brown||Lori Stowe||Roberta Kosek|
|Beth Schmidt||Joe Carlson||Melody Townsend||Robin Nuspl|
|Chris Miles||Judy Murray||Michelle Martinis||Sabina Trumble|
|Debbi Johnson||Judy Stahl||Oren Will||Sarah Zuncs|
|Diana Martin||Kate Moore||Pam Hamilton||Sonya McCully|
|Dyan Baughan||Keith Lewis||Pat Dukes||Suzanne Sarlls-Hartwell|
|J. R. Key||Kristen Ayres||Pat Petersen||Tonya Ahrens|
|Jack Austin||Linda Webb-Hilliard||Paula Nikonow||Wendy Rogers-Morris|