Ian Somerhalder founder of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF), will be participating in Best Friends Animal Society’s annual Strut Your Mutt event at Park Sans Souci in Lafayette, Louisiana at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, according to a news release.
The ISF, which hopes to raise $150,000 at Strut Your Mutt, is taking part in the event to raise money for a new project, the Ian Somerhalder Animal Sanctuary.
All proceeds raised by Ian’s Dog Pack at Strut Your Mutt will go directly to the animal sanctuary.
Not only will the sanctuary be a safe harbor for neglected and abused animals, it will also be a place where youngsters who have been known to bully their friends, family or classmates will be provided the opportunity to learn the art of compassion by taking responsibility for another life.
“I really believe in Best Friends Animal Society and their mission of “No More Homeless Pets”, Somerhalder, who serves as an acclaimed ambassador for Best Friends, said in the news 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.”
Information on the Ian Somerhalder Foundation and Strut Your Mutt, provided by ISF, is as follows:
Founded in 2010, the Ian Somerhalder Foundation promotes “the importance of love and interconnectedness.” Since its inception, the ISF has grown into an international volunteer organization promoting habitat protection, animal welfare, species conservation, clean energy initiatives, and engaging youth in volunteerism and activism through education and opportunity.
STRUT YOUR MUTT EVENT DETAILS:
WHAT: Best Friends Animal Society Strut Your Mutt event, including group dog walk from 9:00-10:00 am, a doggie-themed celebration, vendors and food. Abundant vegetarian options.
WHEN: Saturday, September 22, 2012 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Registration begins at 7:30 am
WHERE: Parc Sans Souci, 201 E. Vermillion Street, Lafayette, LA
WHY: Ian Somerhalder is serving as team captain for the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. Somerhalder and his team will participate in the dog walk with the goal of raising $150,000 for the Ian Somerhalder Foundation Animal Sanctuary.
OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED:
If you are unable to join Ian Somerhalder in Lafayette, LA to participate in person you can support the ISF by joining the ISF Dog Pack at the Strut Your Mutt website <http://bit.ly/T3nfoz> . Once you have joined the ISF Dog Pack, you will be able to create your own Strut Your Mutt web page that can be personalized with a story about you and your pet(s), photos, and your personal fundraising goal. Members of the ISF Dog Pack are encouraged to use social media channels to gather sponsors to donate through their personal pages.
You can also support the ISF Animal Sanctuary by sponsoring our Team Captain, Ian Somerhalder, <http://bit.ly/R77GZS> or any ISF Dog Pack member with your donation. No amount is too small and all donations are tax-deductible.
About the Ian Somerhalder Foundation: Founded by actor/activist Ian Somerhalder, the Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF) is a 501 (c)(3) public charity that aims to educate, empower and collaborate with people and projects that positively impact the planet and its creatures. We are a team of individuals who view the environment as an interconnected organism of which we are not separate but a part. Therefore, we believe that our solutions to issues of sustainability and survivability must be enacted in an interconnected manner.