HELP THEM TRANSITION

From desperate
to beautiful.

OUR STORY

Back in the year 2000, we started out as an animal rescue centre, with the goal of alleviating the suffering of abused and neglected animals in our local community. Our mission was simple, but our vision was only just taking root. What we didn’t yet know was that our dream of healing and rehabilitation was destined for something far bigger, far wider – a holistic approach for the community as a whole, alive with hope and beauty for all who call this neighbourhood home.

THE BEGINNING

A Love for Animals

In 2000, Mayanna Muter settled on the Klein Dassenberg farm in Atlantis, to realise her dream of breeding mixed-breed horses. She recruited farm workers from the nearby Atlantis Township to prepare the land for the project.

On weekends, the workers brought their children to the farm to help take care of the animals, and one afternoon the children told Mayanna about “Death Hill”, a small deserted spot near Atlantis, which sounds as bad as it was. On hearing the children’s accounts, Mayanna set off for Death Hill right away, and was devastated by what she found: dying horses and other animals, starved of food and water and exposed to the elements, because they were no longer needed or could not be fed. Mayanna’s decision was made: Dassenberg became a haven for battered and neglected horses. Shortly after, when she found a half-starved dog at her gate, Mayanna expanded her refuge centre to accommodate dogs as well.

During these early years, Mayanna financed everything from her on pocket. In 2009, the Dassenberg Horse Rescue Centre was founded and officially registered as an NPO, and as more donations were received from abroad, we were renamed Dassenberg Rescue and registered as an NPC in 2018, with 60 dogs and 40 horses in our shelter’s care.

THE NEXT CHAPTER

Spreading Roots in the Community

In 2000, Mayanna Muter settled on the Klein Dassenberg farm in Atlantis, to realise her dream of breeding mixed-breed horses. She recruited farm workers from the nearby Atlantis Township to prepare the land for the project.

On weekends, the workers brought their children to the farm to help take care of the animals, and one afternoon the children told Mayanna about “Death Hill”, a small deserted spot near Atlantis, which sounds as bad as it was. On hearing the children’s accounts, Mayanna set off for Death Hill right away, and was devastated by what she found: dying horses and other animals, starved of food and water and exposed to the elements, because they were no longer needed or could not be fed. Mayanna’s decision was made: Dassenberg became a haven for battered and neglected horses. Shortly after, when she found a half-starved dog at her gate, Mayanna expanded her refuge centre to accommodate dogs as well.

During these early years, Mayanna financed everything from her on pocket. In 2009, the Dassenberg Horse Rescue Centre was founded and officially registered as an NPO, and as more donations were received from abroad, we were renamed Dassenberg Rescue and registered as an NPC in 2018, with 60 dogs and 40 horses in our shelter’s care.

CONTACT US

Have questions or comments?

Mayanna Muter
CEO – Founder – Oversees all affairs at DHRC and handles all Horse adoptions and care

Email: mayanna@dassenbergrescue.org | Cell: +27 74 102 2121 | SMS line: +27 72 282 9811

Address: P.O Box 148, Klein Dassenberg, 7358

Non Profit Company: NPC #2018/269265/08 PBO: 9521/442/16/1