NEW YORK/SARATOGA SPRINGS — I Think I Love You Animal Foundation, Inc. - a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in New York created in memory of David Cassidy – was contacted through their Facebook page that former racehorse Dixieland Squall was on her way to a kill pen in a matter of days.
The 19-year-old thoroughbred had a long career that included 12 starts with 1 first place finish, 1 second place finish and 2 finishes in third place. The mare was trained by I Think I Love You Animal Foundation board member Gary Contessa and bred, and once co-owned, by late actor and singer David Cassidy for whom the I Think I Love You Animal Foundation was founded.
Once made aware of the situation, the Foundation worked quickly and on Nov. 11 purchased the mare.
Following the Foundation’s rescue, horseman Rick Schosberg provided transportation to South Haven Stables in Cleveland, Tennessee where Dixieland Squall is now safe and will quarantine for 30 days. The Foundation’s next step will be to find her a forever home.
“The Foundation’s mission is to save horses and other animals from unknown futures. With horses like Dixieland Squall and others we have stepped in to help, we are doing just that,” said horse trainer and Foundation board member Gary Contessa.
“This is a very important rescue for our Foundation as it involves a horse bred and once co-owned by David Cassidy himself. How could we not step in and allow the horse to live out her natural life in honor of the person we founded the Foundation for? said Barb Collentine, President of I Think I Love You Animal Foundation. “David Cassidy was an advocate for appropriate thoroughbred aftercare. We were all thrilled to continue to honor his legacy of hard work with horses both on and off the track.”
I Think I Love You Animal Foundation was created in memory of the late actor and singer David Cassidy, and provides financial support to animals in need of sanctuary or medical attention, especially retired thoroughbred racehorses who require rescue from emergent situations.
For more information, go to: www.ithinkiloveyou.org.