Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images Photo: Ian Somerhalder Cozies Up With Uggie at the 26th Annual Genesis Awards

The Vampire Diaries’ Ian Somerhalder is taking a break from playing Damon Salvatore (just for the summer, we hope!), which gives him time to focus on his other passions, like saving the world. Not only did he just announce his new eco-friendly furniture endeavor, according to E! he’s also planning to open an animal shelter on a farm in Louisiana. This guy!

But Ian’s shelter is doing more than helping animals with behavioral problems — it will also pair with the  Ian Somerhalder Foundation to host a program for troubled kids. He hopes working with animals will have a positive impact on kids who bully their classmates. “Now you've started to engage these kids and they'll learn not to fight," he told E! Online. "They really realize what a full life you can have if you just get rid of those demons that we all have."

Now that’s something worth fighting for!

Source:  E! 

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