Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore) is one lucky dude. No, it’s not for his starring role on one of television’s greatest supernatural dramas, nor for his ocean-like cerulean blue eyes — it’s for the puppies in his life! That’s right. Ian is waxing poetic about his dog and her puppies, and it is probably the most adorable thing you have seen all week!

“Coming home from work... I'm the luckiest dude in the world. No doubt,” Ian captioned the photo of himself snuggling up to the new puppies in his life. One of them is even licking his face! Yeah, you can’t plan this degree of adorableness.

The story of Ian’s litter is kind of a dramatic one. He rescued his dog, Nietzsche, near the TVD stages in Atlanta in August only to find out shortly after when Nietzsche went to get spayed that the little gal was pregnant! He took the news in stride, and was very excited for the birth. Ex-girlfriend/maybe girlfriend-again Nina Dobrev was even there to witness the happy occasion!

Ian has also used the Twitter/Instagram chronicles of Nietzsche’s pregnancy to further awareness of the importance of working towards solutions to taming the global overpopulation of dogs and cats, and this pic was no exception. His caption continued on with a plea for support:

“However,we HAVE to develop species specific sterilization drugs for pups and kitties.They are amazing, but we have too many in this world.Please help us! Please go to isfoundation.org and donate to my Birthday Project. I know it's a lot to ask but it will make such a huge impact and I'm so so grateful. Let your voice be heard for those who have NO VOICE Lets do this together.” We love Ian’s unwavering commitment to such a good cause!

The Vampire Diaries airs on Thursdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.