Ian Somerhalder has made no secret of the fact he absolutely adores animals, but his enthusiasm for all creatures great and small goes further than adopting some shelter dogs and Tweeting about the evils of ivory.
Thanks, in part, to donations to The Ian Somerhalder Foundation, the 35-year-old actor is now about to open his very own animal sanctuary to provide a safe haven for hundreds of unwanted pets and livestock.
It wasn't just the generosity of fans that made this dream a reality though, Somerhalder himself put his money where his mouth is. Literally.
[The Vampire Diaries](series:200853) actor has shown how deeply he cares about the project by agreeing to;
personally guarantee any required loan on the property and to donate the funds required for the mortgage payments to a million dollars so we can facilitate the purchase of the land and the project can move forward.
But, what better way to hear this news than through the boundless enthusiasm of Ian Somerhalder himself. Check out his action plan and heartfelt letter of thanks to his fans below;
So it’s true. My whole life is about to change in the most exciting, adventurous, challenging, and beautiful way it can..it’s time to announce my first baby! Babies are incredible vessels of life because they have the opportunity to teach you, push you to explore, nurture your sense of compassion and ultimately create hope. I guarantee you that this baby will do just that for me and for countless others. Now before you imagine me holding a tiny version of myself, that’s not the kind of baby I'm announcing. It’s the ISF Sanctuary Project!
For all those that have been following the work of ISF, you know we have been thinking, stretching, chewing, and dialoguing on how we can build an innovative, sustainable sanctuary that flips the switch on our modern views of compassion and evolves the outdated model into something that propels echoing change in every direction. This has been the driving force running throughout our minds every minute of the day. How do we maintain, sustain and propel this paramount project? How do we build something that completely shifts the pre-existing model into the future so we can reproduce the success of this sanctuary in cities across the world? We have received incredible support from our ISF family towards this project. We have established successful co-ventures with phenomenal companies anchored to this mission as well. What we found was as much as we were tirelessly saving our funds for the last 3 ½ years to purchase the sanctuary land, it wasn't going to be enough. But that wasn't going to stop us. Walls are excellent to hit sometimes because they force you to find a way to lace up some rock climbing shoes and work your way over them. This is why I have committed to personally guarantee any required loan on the property and to donate the funds required for the mortgage payments to a million dollars so we can facilitate the purchase of the land and the project can move forward. This land, this delicate bayou ecosystem, is imperative to protect and we are dedicated to doing so. Every day, I see our team of translators working late nights to ready our information for global ears, our different division volunteers spending their weekends developing campaigns and I’m purely astonished. Meanwhile, I’ve been working tirelessly across our globe, often on very little sleep and away from my home and family, ensuring that I can make this contribution to our unstoppable team. And I’m honored to do so now.
And I have to take this opportunity to recognize, thank, and celebrate the work of this indefatigable ISF family. YOU are the dynamic actionists launching me out of bed every morning with a thirst for change and a heart full of hope…YOU should be glowing at what you've made happen in such a short amount of time.
Hands up who wants to go on a road trip when the sanctuary is done!
Would you go to visit Ian Somerhalder's animal sanctuary?