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Ian Somerhalder Reveals His Brand New Baby - the ISF Sanctuary Project! (Exclusive)

Ian Somerhalder Reveals His Brand New Baby - the ISF Sanctuary Project! (Exclusive)

Ian Somerhalder is officially opening an animal sanctuary through his Ian Somerhalder Foundation, JustJared.com can exclusively announce!

The 35-year-old Vampire Diaries star and philanthropist, who recently showed off his new “baby” horse Eagle, explains the exciting project in his own words.

“Babies are incredible vessels of life because they have the opportunity to teach you, push you to explore, nurture your sense of compassion and ultimately create hope,” Ian writes. “I guarantee you that this baby will do just that for me and for countless others. Now before you imagine me holding a tiny version of myself, that’s not the kind of baby I’m announcing. It’s the ISF Sanctuary Project!”

ISF aims to empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures. For more info, visit ISFoundation.com!

Check out some adorable photos of Ian and his furry friends below!

Click inside to read Ian Somerhalder‘s full announcement letter…

So it’s true. My whole life is about to change in the most exciting, adventurous, challenging, and beautiful way it can..it’s time to announce my first baby! Babies are incredible vessels of life because they have the opportunity to teach you, push you to explore, nurture your sense of compassion and ultimately create hope. I guarantee you that this baby will do just that for me and for countless others. Now before you imagine me holding a tiny version of myself, that’s not the kind of baby I’m announcing. It’s the ISF Sanctuary Project!

For all those that have been following the work of ISF, you know we have been thinking, stretching, chewing, and dialoguing on how we can build an innovative, sustainable sanctuary that flips the switch on our modern views of compassion and evolves the outdated model into something that propels echoing change in every direction. This has been the driving force running throughout our minds every minute of the day. How do we maintain, sustain and propel this paramount project? How do we build something that completely shifts the preexisting model into the future so we can reproduce the success of this sanctuary in cities across the world? We have received incredible support from our ISF family towards this project. We have established successful co-ventures with phenomenal companies anchored to this mission as well. What we found was as much as we were tirelessly saving our funds for the last 3 ½ years to purchase the sanctuary land, it wasn’t going to be enough. But that wasn’t going to stop us. Walls are excellent to hit sometimes because they force you to find a way to lace up some rock climbing shoes and work your way over them. This is why I have committed to personally guarantee any required loan on the property and to donate the funds required for the mortgage payments to a million dollars so we can facilitate the purchase of the land and the project can move forward. This land, this delicate bayou ecosystem, is imperative to protect and we are dedicated to doing so. Every day, I see our team of translators working late nights to ready our information for global ears, our different division volunteers spending their weekends developing campaigns and I’m purely astonished. Meanwhile, I’ve been working tirelessly across our globe, often on very little sleep and away from my home and family, ensuring that I can make this contribution to our unstoppable team. And I’m honored to do so now.

And I have to take this opportunity to recognize, thank, and celebrate the work of this indefatigable ISF family. YOU are the dynamic actionists launching me out of bed every morning with a thirst for change and a heart full of hope…YOU should be glowing at what you’ve made happen in such a short amount of time. Because of YOU:

• $50,000 worth of ISF Animal Medical Emergency Grants have been awarded to the pioneer individuals and rescues healing creatures in need
• Over 20 million unnecessary births have been prevented by our ISF Spay & Neuter Clinic “Missisnippin’”
• Our voice has been heard in Congress when I testified on behalf of endangered wildlife and the threats imposed on them
• Our work together has lead me to becoming a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations so we can coproduce change within our world governments on a global scale
• We have launched the UFactor Program allowing our youth (the greatest natural resource this planet has!) to identify their passions, cultivate their talents and amplify their purpose.
• We granted $5000 to young filmmakers using their talents to evolve our global consciousness at the Girls Impact the World Film Festival
• Campaigns such as Save a Cup, Green Your Thirst, and Plastic Straws Can Suck It have united our college and youth divisions towards eliminating unnecessary waste while Creatures Division campaigns such as #Time4theTalk have generated mass awareness about the crisis facing our pollinators and our interdependent need for their survival
• You have stood up to politicians and companies when you let them know that #CoalSucks and we reached over 300 million impressions and refused to stay silent…
• With your authentic commitment, we are continuously working on launching new programs too such as the UFactor Project Grants enabling youth to create change and the ISF Classroom Grants empowering teachers to awaken, educate and inspire kids in classrooms everywhere. We are now giving students the opportunity to deviate out of tired, redundant curriculums and tackle causes that matter to them while providing society with the tools to transform the leadership of today’s youth

I could go on and on about the jaw-dropping work of the hands, hearts, and minds behind this organization. When I write out even a fraction of what this family has done in such a short amount of time, tears flood my eyes. I am so honored to be a part of this team of true actionists. I know you work your asses off. I celebrate you today and hope you will celebrate with me, our new baby, the ISF Sanctuary.

Love,
Ian

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  • Annie

    Wow this are amazing news, I’m so happy for him. Thank you Ian for your amazing work and passion to make our world a better place

  • Amy

    omg I’m crying! This is soooo amazing!!!!! <333333 I'm so proud of Ian Somerhalder!

  • Gen

    That is just amazing, how awesome is he?

  • Lena

    I’m crying, this is so amazing. Congratulations Ian, your dream is our dream and we are very happy. Thank you for all your amazing work

  • Vicky

    i’m so happy for him.this is his dream. Well done Ian.you are a great man

  • Isabella

    BEST NEWS EVER! I’M SO HAPPY AND PROUD AND AWWWW! So thankful for this man! Hes the best <3 GO IAN <3

  • Tams

    Such amazing, amazing news! Congratulations to Ian and the ISF team for making this dream a reality! Thank you for all your hard work and dedication!

  • AWESOME

    Awesome, Ian. I wish you all the best to you and your baby.

  • Stela

    People don’t believe Ian! He is a liar !

  • Paula

    wow amazing! Congrats to you Ian and ISF! GREAT WORK! So incredible proud of you! :-)

  • Komal

    I wish you all the best in your future endeavors. I am a supporter of the ISF and always will be. GREAT JOB GUYS!

  • Komal

    @Stela: Get a life. He has spent the last 3 years in front of ALL OF US saving money for the ISF. This guy doesn’t even BUY HIMSELF CLOTHES. He spends all his summer vacations going to cons so he can make money for the foundation. Stop shooting your mouth and hurting others.

  • Olga

    I’m crying so hard right now. He has my full Support. Always! Ian you are amazing! We love you. Congrats!

  • Komal

    @West: You are obviously a hater. The ISF has been SAVING money for the foundation it has clearly been reported. And everyone donating to it is very well aware of the fact. It says on their home page too. Stop accusing a man who has dedicated his life to making the world a better place.

  • dim
  • Komal

    I AM CRYING. I have watched this man put the ISF before his HEALTH. I have watched him run to cons all over the Europe and shun vacations. I have heard his speak about the ISF. I have seen his love for animals. good luck Iannnn!

  • Jenny

    I WAS WAITING FOR THAT DAY SO LONG! I’M SOOOOOO HAPPY! All these animals ISF has been taking care of and now this! I’m very proud of your work Ian. The letter made me cry!

  • NINA

    OMG IAN I’M SO SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU FOR BEING SUCH AN AMAZING IDOL AND INSPIRATION FOR ALL OF US! LOVE YOU!

  • Dani

    THE DONATIONS ARE FOR THE ANIMAL SANCTUARY! GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT OKAY! Ian is amazing and everything he does with ISF is awesome! Congrats Ian, all the best <3 I'm very emotional right now

  • Near

    I love this guy.

  • NINA

    @delenasanarchy: THANK YOU. This so much but let me say they are not real fans cos REAL FANS KNOW Ian is SAVING money for the ISF and has been for the past two years. It’s a commonly known fact.

  • Jenny

    CONGRATS!I knew that you will do it!
    What an incredible work you did! I am so proud to call you my idol!!!

  • Tams

    @dim You think Radar Online is a legitimate news source for honest, truthful information? You might want to give legitimate news sources a try. Radar Online talks trash about everyone because that’s what they do. If you knew anything about Ian or ISF you would know that he’s 100% dedicated to the foundation and devotes a a hell of a lot of his time, energy, resources, and own money to the foundation. Get a clue before you trash someone!

  • everyone

    It’s called using your BRAIN. If you know Ian and follow the ISF you would kNOW everything he mentioned above starting from them saving money for the sanctuary to the fact that they gave out grants. CONGRATULATIONS IAN I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!

  • Vicky

    @dim:
    really? Nothing better to do with your time? amazing.congratulations you must feel so proud

  • Lisa

    This is just beautiful! Ian you and your foundation are amazing! Can’t describe how proud I am :)))))))))))))

  • HAPPY

    SO HAPPY FOR IAN AND HIS FOUNDATION. YOU GO DUDE.

  • Helena

    Made my Day! Ian is Super awesome and I can proudly say I have the best Idol in the World!

  • scarleth muñoz

    OMG!!! I’m so prod of him ,Ian you’re the best i love you

  • best idol

    CONGRATTSSSSS IAN!!

  • lolita

    I’m not buy this, so rare that this information came out right after the article done by radar online. I smell damage control http://radaronline.com/2014/08/ian-somerhalder-charity-expenses-grant-disparity/

  • Cris

    OMG we’ve been waiting so long for this moment Ian! God I’m crying here, this is just amazing and pretty historical, your kindness and compassion are not from this world!! Love you so much, awesome man xxx!!

  • dim
  • Katie

    @Anara:
    Oh yeah…. that’s right….link the article that knows nothing.

  • Aneta

    Congratulations Ian, thank you for your work

  • Cate

    Interesting…so he released this press announcement (exclusively to Just Jared lol!) to counteract the claims that the charity is a fraud by Radar Online.

    Hmmm…

  • best idol

    @lolita: LOL. Radar Online? You kidding? And did you even read it? It shows money coming in isn’t all spent which is because he is building a sanctuary. Don’t judge if you don’t know. This animal sanctuary campaign has been going on for a LONG TIME. Do you follow him on Twitter you would know then.

  • Katie

    @lolita: Again? …. just another dumb. – ass linking an article that knows absolutely nothing… stop trying to demonize a man that doesn’t deserve it. Obviously you have cruel intentions.

  • Bea

    @dim: stop it already! This Article is trash. And stop changing your username to post it. Man ARE you that heartless?? What Ian is doing is soo awesome. He’s helping soooo many homeless Animals.

  • GREAT

    CONGRATSSSSS!

  • Lolol

    Damage control !
    Shame Ian !

  • WOHOOO

    I am so glad for you Ian!!

  • Zella
  • Tams

    @Cate I highly doubt that just minutes after Radar Online published, that less than factual and clearly biased article, that Ian called up Just Jared to make his anouncement. This sanctuary has been in the works for quite some time and Ian only found out just recently that things were a go. This man and his foundation are trying to do something good. Focus on that instead of being negative.

  • Katie

    Congratulations Ian Somerhalder! Such an inspirational man that is full of love and surrounds himself with positive thinkers…. Positive not Negative!

  • Fairy

    I’m kinda overwhelmed right now. This made my week. Congratulations XD

  • lena

    I AM SO PROUD OF HIM!
    Haters gonna hate but never break him! No one can break the man who believes in what he is doing with his whole soul&mind.
    We love you Ian! Keep changing the world

  • TeylaW

    Ian Somerhalder = a man full of love, passion, dedication and positivity. Congrats Ian! I am so excited to hear the news that was just shared. A chant that should be heard around the world “We Love Ian Somerhalder for all the good he does in this world” *hugs*

  • Uneducated

    It is the mark of an uneducated man to spew hatred without knowledge. As many of our friends here have post some trashy Radar Online article they are completely unaware of what those figures represent– a disparity between spending and money coming in where money coming in is MORE. And that is because the money that is not being spent is going towards the Animal Sanctuary. When you donate on the ISF website it clearly tells one that. This sanctuary campaign has been going for over two years and Ian has been refusing gifts fangirls send to him. He attends every con so he can make enough money for the sanctuary. Stop judging when you don’t know. My heartious congratulations to Ian and his team. Lets make a better future.

  • Uneducated

    @Tams: Thank you, Tams. Some people are completely forgoing the FACTS. They are right here. Anyone following Ian can tell that he has been working for this sanctuary. Good luck to him.

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