Animal based therapies

March 2022 Hounds & Hooves

Welcome to Cheresa Bognar


I founded Dassenberg Rescue Centre in 2000 and have had many happy years doing what I love best, working with beautiful animals.

Rescue work is hard going and I’m delighted to announce that we’ve found a new Centre Manager.

While I have taken the decision to resign from active duty on the Board I am looking forward to my new role, which is the medical care of all our rescue animals and also to assist with adoptions.  I am also looking forward to having more time to dedicate to training our animals to make them adoption ready.

‘I’d personally like to welcome Cheresa to our team, your appointment has taken a huge weight off my shoulders and I have already so enjoyed working with you!’

More about Cheresa

Cheresa brings with her more than 20 years experience in horsemanship.  Having built up and managed her own equine businesses she is under no illusions about the hard work involved in running a rescue centre like Dassenberg.

‘I have huge respect for Mayanna achiements and vision and am keen to honour Mayanna’s incredible legacy…. which is Dassenberg Rescue Centre.’

Cheresa’s appointment coincides perfectly with the opening up of many aspect of South Africa following the devastating Covid Pandemic.

One area Cheresa is particularly experienced in and keen to develop at our Centre is animal based therapies.  This we hope will become the basis for our outreach programmes going forward.

Another thing that Cheresa brings to our organization is her years of experience in running her own social media for her businesses.  We are so delighted that she is able to bring a fresh look at our campaigns.  Please follow us on instagram to see our progress @dassenbergrescue.


Honoring the massive contribution Mayanna Muter has made to the rescue and rehabilitation of dogs and horses in the Atlantis area for more than 20 years!

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