I was never one to become obsessed with television shows, but The Vampire Diaries has unfortunately consumed my life for the past month. There’s just something about the twisting plot line, strong character bonds and attractive actors that pulls you in and doesn’t let you go until you find out what happens next.
One of the attractive actors responsible for my recent obsession is Ian Somerhalder. He plays bad boy Damon Salvatore, a vampire in the town of Mystic Falls. Somerhalder, unlike the predatory character he plays on The Vampire Diaries, very much cares for living things, as his self-named foundation proves.
The Ian Somerhalder Foundation strives to “empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures.” It is a group of people working together to protect the environment and those who live in it.
The next project for the ISF is an animal sanctuary. The premise of the sanctuary goes a step further than finding homes for animals without a place to go. Instead it aims to provide abused animals with a human partner who has experienced similar traumatic events.
One group the foundation hopes to target is bullies. One out of every five students admit to being a bully or engaging in some form of bullying and the ISF Animal Sanctuary hopes to provide these bullies with companions who have also been outcasted and set them on a common path of healing.
ISF's reasonsin is that pairing an abused pit bull with a bullying child will help the child to change their ways once they connect with the hurt animal. The ISF hopes to raise five million dollars to start the sanctuary and relies on supporters to reach this goal.
Donations can be made online here or checks can be mailed to the ISF. While Damon Salvatore wouldn’t care about a sanctuary for animals, Ian Somerhalder sure does. Taking a new approach to helping abused animals by pairing them with owners who have experienced some of the same traumas in their lives is one technique that has not been widely tried and ought to have a chance to make a difference.