Ian Somerhalder, star of “The Vampire Diaries” and founder of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, will participate in Best Friends Animal Society’s annual Strut Your Mutt event at Park Sans Souci in Lafayette, Louisiana on Saturday, September 22, 2012.
Somerhalder, an ambassador for Best Friends, will participate to help raise money for his newest endeavor, The Ian Somerhalder Animal Sanctuary (ISF). He hopes to raise $150,000, all of which will go to the star’s animal sanctuary. ISF will not only provide a haven for mistreated, misunderstood, abused, and neglected animals, but for troubled youngsters who have been known to bully classmates, family, and friends as well. The inclusion of youth will provide vital opportunities for them to learn compassion and develop leadership skills by caring for animals at the sanctuary.
Regarding these efforts, Somerhalder said “I really believe in Best Friends Animal Society and their mission of ‘No More Homeless Pets.’ 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.”
Somerhalder went on to say “Youth is our most important and most under-utilized resource. We want to empower young people to change the planet for the better and part of that will come through watching the healing process of another living being. This is a big, beautiful, awesome dream and I know we can achieve it if we all work together!”
Interested parties who are not able to participate in the walk will still have opportunities to help.
Support ISF by joining the ISF Dog Pack at Strut Your Mutt. Members can create their own personalized Strut Your Mutt web page that can feature personal stories about themselves, their pet(s), photos, and any fundraising goals. Members are also encouraged to use social media to promote the event and gather sponsors through their pages. ISF can also be supported through sponsorships of Ian Somerhalder, Team Captain, or any other ISF member through donations, all of which are welcome and tax-deductible.