Is there seriously a bigger animal lover in Hollywood than Ian Somerhalder? We think not! The Vampire Diaries actor is a passionate advocate for suffering creatures everywhere, and his latest initiative to open an animal sanctuary proves just how much. This farm aims at providing a safe haven for animals that have been neglected and abused as well as fostering a community in which troubled teens help care for these mistreated pets. And in hopes of raising funds for this ambitious new project, Ian and his nonprofit organization — the Ian Somerhalder Foundation — will be participating in the Best Friends Animal Society’s “Strut Your Mutt” event on September 22, 2012 at Park Sans Souci in Lafayette, Louisiana.
“I really believe in Best Friends Animal Society and their mission of “No More Homeless Pets™”, said Somerhalder, who serves as an acclaimed ambassador for Best Friends. “Their passion for helping pets really inspired me to work towards building an Animal Sanctuary through the ISF. Our sanctuary will be a safe place for all types of awesome creatures, including abused and abandoned pets.”
Here’s more info about the “Strut Your Mutt” event:
- WHAT: Best Friends Animal Society Strut Your Mutt event, including group dog walk from 9:00-10:00 am, a doggie-themed celebration, vendors and food. Abundant vegetarian options.
- WHEN: Saturday, September 22, 2012 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Registration begins at 7:30 am
- WHERE: Parc Sans Souci, 201 E. Vermillion Street, Lafayette, LA
- WHY: Ian Somerhalder is serving as team captain for the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. Somerhalder and his team will participate in the dog walk with the goal of raising $150,000 for the Ian Somerhalder Foundation Animal Sanctuary.
For additional details on the Ian Somerhalder Foundation’s ISF Animal Sanctuary and to find out how to donate, please visit their official page: http://www.isfoundation.com/campaign/isf-animal-sanctuary.