My name is Arijana Sarkić, and I was born in Bosnia. Ever since I was little, I had a huge love for dogs. Growing up in Bosnia with so many strays in every corner, I used to bring them home, feed them, and sneak them in when it was snowing out.


Although I grew up in a culture where everyone thinks dog should be outside, I always felt that it was just wrong.


I moved to the USA when I was 19. Seeing dogs that live in the comfort of a home, and taken care of, I knew I had to somehow help the dogs in Bosnia.

In 2014, I took a trip to Bosnia and visited a shelter in my hometown, Bihać. My heart was broken to pieces. I felt so helpless and overwhelmed seeing over 200 dogs locked in cages and exposed to outside elements. With the power of social media, I raised funds for the shelter, and I promised myself one day I would find a way to help them even more.

I knew the best solution is to find them homes and bring them here to the USA.


For a while I looked for ways and I couldn't find anyone willing to get organized and arrange transport here. In the beginning of 2016, I found The Tanzie Project via Facebook.


At first I couldn't believe it such organization existed! I joined their group and got in contact with Katie. I knew I had to somehow help, so I started donating here and there. Yet after seeing so many successful rescues, I knew I had to help in different ways, so I officially joined “Team Tanzie” to serve as a Director.

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The Tanzie Project, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit, incorporated in Virginia (EIN: 81-1006591).


We support global animal rescue and adoption through networking and volunteers.

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

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