TANZIE PROJECT INC

Let's #savebosnianstrays

Troy, VA   |  www.thetanzieproject.org

Mission

*Rescuing & Rehoming forgotten Pets of Bosnia & Herzegovina*

Our mission is to bring awareness and support to saving the stray, forgotten, and displaced pets of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as in other areas of the Balkan Peninsula.

Ruling year info

2016

President

Katie Ward

Main address

690 Blue Ridge Dr

Troy, VA 22974 USA

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EIN

81-1006591

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Thousands of strays dogs roam Bosnia's streets -- an unintended consequence of a war-torn country. As Bosnian families were trying to survive the Sarajevo siege, snipers, & genocide more than 20 years ago, their pets were unfortunately left to survive on their own -- taking residence on the streets.

Generations of those displaced war pets have either been thrown back out on the street again, or have raised litters of new generations on the same streets in which they were born.

Without official humane or cruelty prevention organizations to protect them, Bosnia's strays are kicked, beaten, ran over by cars, & left for dead. They wander the streets searching for food, shelter, & love. The ones who have found homes aren't loved, but are instead tied to short chains next to dog houses they can barely fit in. Culturally, dogs are no longer looked at as pets, but as nuisances to be dealt with.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Animal Rescue

Our Animal Rescue program is considered a key program for the organization, as our ultimate purpose is to connect homeless dogs with loving families. Since the organization’s inception in 2015, we’ve rehomed more than 330 homeless dogs throughout the globe. Specific transportation expenses in this program relate ground transport and flight/cargo transport, including vehicle rental, crates, and veterinary paperwork.

Population(s) Served

The primary welfare activities include providing food for malnourished dogs, veterinarian fees for necessary medical attention, shelter construction, and pension (3rd party dog shelters) fees. Since the organization’s inception, we’ve funded approximately 5,060 pounds of dog food, and 27 dogs’ medical treatments and surgeries. The "Fairy Dog Parent" sponsorship program falls into Animal Welfare, and allows donors to sponsor the monthly food and shelter expenses for dogs on a recurring basis until the dog is matched and rehomed with a loving family.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal Rescue

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Total number of dogs rescued and placed in forever homes after a period of homelessness. (Animals placed in foster homes included in "animals rescued" metric).

Total dollar value of veterinary supplies distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal Welfare

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of meals provided to shelter pets

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal Welfare

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Number of animals rehabilitated

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal Welfare

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Includes treating animals with a handicap or other debilitating condition and stabilizing their condition.

Number of animals rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal Rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Includes all dogs adopted or fostered after a period of homelessness in rural or urban areas of Bosnia.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

First, we are raising awareness for the stray dog situation in Bosnia through successful rescue and rehabilitation efforts. This starts with supporting local rescue partners in their efforts to take these dogs off the streets and them proper vaccines and vet treatment. Once healthy enough to be in a shelter, we work with other nonprofits and rescue groups across Europe and the USA to find them loving homes. Our aim is to rescue and rehome as many of Bosnia's forgotten pets as possible, and create the start of a cultural shift.

Our strategies first start with ensuring our rescue partners have the resources needed to care for these pets. To find them the perfect home, we partner with various animal welfare organizations and shelters in Europe in the USA to find families looking to add a new member to their family. We do not want to add to the problem of homeless pets by placing them in shelters elsewhere, but to find families before their arrival so they go to a home right away.

For animal rescue efforts, we have several rescue partners in Bosnia working directly with these animals and keeping them in their own private shelters. Additionally, have a large network of supporters and volunteers in the USA who keep us connected to various rescue organizations and shelters. For animal welfare efforts, we utilize various social media platforms to reach new donors to aid in various veterinary expenses, food requirements, and shelter repairs.

Since the first Bosnian rescue, Tanzie, was brought to the USA in 2015, our organization has supported the rescuing and rehoming of 170 of Bosnia's forgotten pets. We've funded emergency, surgical, and non-surgical vet care totaling roughly $3.7K. We've also supplied more than 200 dogs in Bosnia's private shelters with $2.6K in dog food. Our vision forward is to continue to gain financial support for animal welfare and rescue initiatives, focusing on improved local shelter facilities, and increased rehoming.

Financials

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Operations

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TANZIE PROJECT INC

Board of directors
as of 2/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Katie Ward

Walker Ward

Simone Graham

Arijana Scorah

Jennifer Jones

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/29/2020

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