Ian Somerhalder might play a villain on the hit series “The Vampire Diaries” but in real life he just keeps on doing good!
The 35-year-old actor announced Thursday night his nonprofit organization, The Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF), is launching a grant program to provide funds for sick and injured homeless animals.
“I am beyond excited that we at ISF are launching our first grant program,” said Somerhalder in a video posted on his Instagram account. “These grants will provide financial assistance to agencies, non profits and individual rescuers taking on animals that are in need of a second chance.”
The ISF Emergency Medical Care for Animals Grant will award rescuers with a maximum of $2500 to treat animals who are in need of emergency care like surgeries and life saving treatments. The awards will be granted throughout the year on a rolling basis, without deadlines to animal rescue agencies, nonprofit groups and individual rescuers aiming to give the injured animals a new forever home. To apply, rescuers must visit the foundation’s website.
Somerhalder urged fans to share the news via social media while sitting and petting Nietzsche, one of his nine dogs and two cats— all rescues.