Ian Somerhalder set to open animal sanctuary

ian Four years after the initial announcement, Ian Somerhalder is finally opening his animal sanctuary in Louisiana.

The actor and animal rights activist has been working on the project since 2010, but there were many obstacles. He has managed to secure enough funds and the land for the sanctuary through his Ian Somerhalder Foundation and is ready to open the place.

In his statement to JustJared.com, Ian said: “We have received incredible support from our Isf family towards this project… What we found was, as much as we were tirelessly saving our funds for the last 3 1/2 years to purchase the sanctuary land, it wasn’t going to be enough.

Ian_Somerhalder“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.”

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