LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The star of the hit CW television series "The Vampire Diaries" posed at a doggy kissing booth and told fans he's going to create a sanctuary to rehabilitate both unwanted animals and bullies.
Ian Somerhalder was at the Strut Your Mutt fundraiser Saturday in Lafayette to help raise money for the Best Friends Animal Society. Dogs could win prizes for best kisser.
While popular now for his role as Damon Salvatore of "The Vampire Diaries," it was his role as Boone on the hit TV series "Lost" that got Somerhalder noticed.
The actor from Covington said the Ian Somerhalder Foundation plans to create a "completely green" sanctuary in Tangipahoa Parish, to be called the ISF Animal Sanctuary, The Advertiser (http://bit.ly/QNHNQ9) reported.
"There's going to be a youth education camp on it. We're going to be taking bullies from all over the country - all over the world" to work with unwanted animals, he said.
People and animals will rehabilitate each other, said Somerhalder, who was the ISF Team captain in Saturday's event to bring attention and donations to his foundation and other organizations that support animals.
"I invite you all to come and hang out with us and volunteer and work with these animals," Somerhalder said. "I will be there a lot - I'll take you on canoe trips down the bayou - and we will house and save a ton of animals and help youth that need our help."