BySarah Gibson, writer at Creators.co
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Not content with making us swoon/feel guilty by embracing ugly cats for a good cause, Ian Somerhalder has moved on to the next sort of sweet and innocent cuddly thing he can get his hands on: pups. The Vampire Diaries thesp and self-confessed animal love Ian Somerhalder walked a parade with a difference this weekend, on the shores of Lake Mandeville, in order to raise money for local charities!

Ian, who plays Damon Salvatore on the CW show, was named Celebrity Monarch of the Mystic Krewe of Paws and led the pack along lakefront on March 9. The parade showcased the cutest of pups from every pedigree and non-pedigree breeds, dressed up as their favorite actors in floats or on paws strolling along the Red CarPET, with throws including beads and dog biscuits!

Somerhalder himself commented at the event which both close to his heart and close to his hometown:

This is where I used to hang out. I mean, literally, right here. I was here every day of my life. This is where I rode my bike and my skateboard and it was incredible.

Somerhalder's willingness to participate in this event - and others - came about via the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, the actor's non-profit that in great part provides funds and awareness for issues related to animal cruelty.

Speaking on his passion for dogs, the thesp continued:

They make our lives so much better. They're so much cooler than we are.

Do Ian Somerhalder's actions make you want to hug the nearest puppy, or puke over your keyboard? Let me know in the comment section below!

(Source: Nola)

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