If Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore) is involved in an event, you can bet it’s for a good paws cause. The Vampire Diaries star is participating in Best Friends Animal Society’s annual Strut Your Mutt event on Saturday, September 22, 2012.

In order to raise money for his animal sanctuary, Ian wants his fans to bring their furry friends to Park Sans Souci in Lafayette, Louisiana for dog-friendly fun. In conjunction with the Best Friends Animal Society and the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, the actor is attempting to raise $150,000 for the project, which will be a refuge for abused animals and a teaching facility for kids who have bullied others.

“I really believe in Best Friends Animal Society and their mission of ‘No More Homeless Pets™’”, said Ian in a press release. “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.”

If you can’t make it to Louisiana, head over to the Strut Your Mutt website to join the ISF Dog Pack, for which Ian is serving as team captain. It’s the “leashed” you can do!

Source: Press Release  

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