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

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

We have some exciting news for Ian Somerhalder fans, straight from the man himself!

The 35-year-old Vampire Diaries star and philanthropist, who recently showed off his new horse Eagle, is officially opening an animal sanctuary with his Ian Somerhalder Foundation, which aims to empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures.

“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 in a note exclusively obtained by JJJ. “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!”

Check out some adorable photos of Ian and his furry friends below! And for more info, visit ISFoundation.com!

Click inside to read Ian Somerhalder‘s full heartfelt 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can build an innovative, sustainable sanctuary that flips the switch on our modern views of compassion and evolves the outdated model into something that propels echoing change in every direction.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.


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  • Riri
  • Franny

    I’m so damn proud of you Ian! You worked SO Hard for it! I’m very proud <3 GO IAN, GO ISF

  • Maya

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

  • rom

    Congrats! So much awesomeness. So much for that Radar article, lol.

  • Jennifer

    I’m crying, this is so beautiful. I’m really touched right now. Ian you are the most amazing man ever with the biggest Heart!

  • nira

    That radar article is misinformed, ISF has been saving money for the sanctuary.
    Also shame on people for trying to diminish someone trying to do good & trying to save OUR future.

    Congrats to Ian & ISF, great news!! Glad there are are people like Ian Somerhalder in this world.

  • Billy

    I’m overwhelmed with Joy right now. Ian’s letter…OMG most beautiful Thing ever. So proud of ISF, Ian and everyone involved. Congratulations XDDDDDDDDD

  • https://twitter.com/smoldrev Katie


    That’s because of the ISF sanctuary- you know, what this entire article is about. That’s what the ISF have been aiming to build for a while now.

  • Sue

    This is amazing news, you should be very proud of all the stuff you are doing and trying to do. I love the focus on youth and the youth development program, i think it’s essential and am glad you do to. Onward!

  • Sam

    AMAZING NEWS! Proud of everything you do Ian, you are an amazing, wonderful man with a big Heart! YOU HAVE MY FULL RESPECT and SUPPORT! ALWAYS :)

  • Mindy ann

    @Riri: Really? A link to an article that knows nothing. Perhaps you should look at the financial statements and tax filing, which are actually posted on the ISF website. ISF is a very open and honest charitable foundation. Too bad you are such a negative person. Being positive is so much better. I’m so happy Ian surrounds himself with positivity.

  • Mindy ann

    Congrats Ian! A man full of love, passion, dedication and positive thinking. I am so happy for Ian and the animals that will be saved thanks to hard work of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation.

  • Isha

    This is just wonderful …Congratulations Ian Somerhalder..You rock the world..!! Your amazing hard work pays off…

  • Isha

    To those who has negative things to say about Ian at this important moment..Kindly exit..Nobody asked you to come and read about Ian so that you can hate on him..Go spread love elsewhere..Thank you! save your negative energy .

  • Yesssss

    So proud of ian. He’s the best human being out there and he deserves everything!!!1

  • Melanie

    Very proud of this and I have to admit I cried a little. <3 Congrats Ian you wonderful Human being!


    AMAZING!!!! What a cute pic and wonderful heartfelt Letter. I’m beyond proud of your work Ian! Big Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nena

    I’m honestly so proud of all Ian has accomplished! He’s an AMAZING & INSPIRING person, & shows that anyone can make a change :) LOVE THE CUTE PICS AND THE LETTER! Love you Ian! You are amazing <3

  • Tiffany

    This is obvious damage control for his scam charity.

  • Kayla

    Amazing news. Proud of you ISF and Ian :)

  • cherie

    I am so proud of You Ian for all your accomplishments. You are a truly inspiring wonderful man and don’t ever pay any attention to the jealous like hell people, and we do know who there are don’t we, mostly one with a hundred different accounts, that keep following your articles around just to trash you. Whoever wrote that Article about ISF also,has no idea what there do or stand for,, and should be ashamed of themselves to trash a man without checking the Facts. ISF has been saving the money to build the Animal sanctuary, which cost 5 Million for the land alone, that Ian fought so hard for against corporations, that wanted to build a industrial park for, and it always said on there site what the money collected was for. Ian also put a lot of His own Money and resources in to that, and when he travels on behalf of ISF and his other environmental Projects, he dosen’t stay in fancy hotels, like others do. Besides working for that , he has been working to the brink of exhaustion for the environment, giving speeches in congress to change things for the better, he has put a lot of his own Money and resources in His work. Keep up the good work Ian .We love you.

  • night magic

    such a wonderful caring person !!!!

  • vessy

    congratulations Ian, it’s a dream coming true. How can a trashy website blame that less money than what they got was used when he was saving for years to build a sanctuary for animals and nature? People that can’t achieve nothing in life dedicate themselves to bring the good ones down. But it won’t happen this time. Ian’s fanbase has a close eye on what he does and we assure that everything is done properly and with real thought to achieve some long therm change and not impulsive investment to get media. You go Ian

  • http://@eaglecollections eagle

    Glad to hear that it’s such a success as in south africa.

    Keep it up, just wish everyone could be so loving towards the creatures.

  • proud

    Dreams DO come true. Always believe that.
    So, keep dreaming and Dream Big!!!!

  • Amy

    Ian you are amazing! We are so proud of you! <3 loves reading the letter, and the pics with moke and Thursday are so cute.

  • Chantal

    The most amazing Thing ever! Ian you are a Hero, you really are! Couldn’t be more proud of this. Congrats! *-*

  • Aswathy

    You are truly an inspiration. A wonderful artist and human. Keep up the good work…

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