Ian Somerhalder needs funds for Animal Sanctuary and worries he'll lose land
by Allyson Koerner
Categories: Animals, Causes
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It’s no secret that Ian Somerhalder comes off like a superhero. In addition to his amazing acting abilities on “The Vampire Diaries,” Somerhalder is also a dedicated animal activist. I could go on for days listing his accomplishments, but of course I don’t have the time and I’m here only to discuss his new project the Ian Somerhalder Foundation Animal Sanctuary.

Recently, Somerhalder has reached out to his fans and Twitter followers about the new project and how he needs everyone’s help. “Doing major ISF Animal Sanctuary/Farm planning on plane. Going to be amazing but really really need your help! Pls go 2 http://www.isfoundation.com/campaign/isf-a … [sic],” the actor tweeted.

He and his organization need all the help they can get for this special project. So what is the ISF Animal Sanctuary? It’s not your ordinary venture. Based in Somerhalder’s home state of Louisiana, the sanctuary is a safe haven for neglected animals and a place to transform bullies. It’s a home for animals to show their love and where bullies can learn how to show compassion and “work through their issues.”

Here’s what the site says, “We will bring the bruised together as a family to learn just how unique — and just very the same — we all are…and how if we unite…we are NOT the outcasted, we ARE the UNSTOPPABLE.”

The nontraditional sanctuary sounds great, but Somerhalder is now revealing he’s worried he’ll lose the land and it seems right now ISF doesn’t have enough funds. “Thank you so so much.Will set volunteer programs soon-youll love this place but the clock is ticking&I’m afraid I’ll loose the land soon, [sic]” he shared on his Twitter page.

A few days prior he also tweeted how important this is to him, “Please help me do this.Lets help our youth not bully each other to death&stop sick peeps from hurting another animal.A little goes along way. [sic]”

All Somerhalder and ISF asks for is a small donation to get the project going. According to the organization, they need $5 million to build and officially bring the animal sanctuary to life.

If you’re willing to lend a helping hand, be sure to visit ISF and make a donation. Somerhalder will truly appreciate it, as will the animals and bullies looking to add compassion back into their lives.

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About Allyson Koerner

Allyson Koerner is a graduate from Emerson College where she obtained her Master’s in Print & Multimedia journalism. Passionate about writing, reading and entertainment, she is looking to make her way into the journalism profession.

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  • http://twitter.com/ThinkinginMiss ThinkinginMiss

    Thank you for bringing this need to the attention of your readers. I think the ISF Animal Sanctuary/Farm is going to do great things, but the land for it must be bought first. Also, as a side note, I want to say how impressed I am that the writer of this article, Allyson Koerner, correctly used “[sic]” to denote left out words/spaces in the twitter post. It is not often I see correct quoting conventions followed in any kind journalism, especially on-line.

  • http://twitter.com/Hollyleaf_ Midna

    Amazing~ I really hope the sanctuary is built and expands later to help not only bullies but child abuse victims – they’ve been hurt like the animals and they could heal together. I really hope it can be built and is successful! Bullies who aren’t helped become life-long bullies, I’ve seen that happen a lot. If we can help and find out WHY they are bullying we can break the chain!

    • http://twitter.com/debraMartindill debra durham

      one day we will all learn to love each other, i dont understand why its so easy to just move past it all and think about a future that moves forward ever faster .

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YE2HYTZ5KDY2BC37AG3NVQOV2E Bridget

    I am so in awe of what Ian and the ISF foundation do to make this world a better place. I already donated and will do what ever I can to help! i have such a love for animals and i appreciate Ian SO MUCH for using his celebrity for good. I hope he reads these comments and knows how much people love him and the people that are working hard to make ISF and this project successful. LOVE YOU SO MUCH IAN!!!! THANK YOU FOR CARING!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/NewMrsSalvatore Ala’a Ghannam

    Just amazing
    Keep going :)

  • Ilena

    Those who are in charge don’t take it, and those who can’t; practice it all day long. I just WONDER who should be OUT of office and IN another. Ian S. has done a great job in being an excellent advocate for nature-causes, that help our world remain half of what it is today; Full Of Life. Here’s to seeing what can be developed with good-intentioned people that are living today. Like us. Like him.