We’re big animal fans at Omaze, so we jumped at the chance to team up with Ian Somerhalder and the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, which supports the planet and its adorable creatures.*
And Ian is always down for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. See proof below!
Kristina was turned into a vampire by our favorite immortal on the set of Vampire Diaries.
Erin sunk her teeth into a candlelit dinner and braved a haunted house with Ian on Halloween night.
And Christine felt the puppy love volunteering with Ian and his wife Nikki.
The best part? Between all three experiences, you raised over $900,000! Your incredible support provided the funds for ISF to do some pretty amazing stuff.
With ISF’s Emergency Medical Grant Program, rescue groups and shelters were able to provide quick medical assistance for cats and dogs (like the ones below), plus horses, llamas, turtles and more.
Caroline, a 4-year old Maltese/Lhasa Apso mix rescue, was able to have emergency surgery to remove 2 tumors. Those sweet puppy dog eyes are saying thank you.
*look at this adorable creature!
From the day Polka Dot was born, she suffered from an upper respiratory infection that only allowed small amounts of liquid food to go through to her stomach. Thanks to ISF’s grant, she was able to get chest surgery. She can now eat normal food and has regained the strength to grow.
Your donations even traveled all the way to Tanzania, where ISF partnered with Silent Heroes to develop a “bee fence” around the perimeter of Tarangire National Park—an area known for high levels of human-elephant conflict. This conflict is curbed by the bees because the buzzing keeps the elephants away from farmers’ crops. Bee bonus: honey for the farmers to harvest and sell! If this pilot project goes well, many governments within Africa are interested in helping fund more bee fences. So cool!
Want to help more of these furry friends? ISF welcomes donations to support their awesome projects and you can even provide hands-on help by checking out their volunteer opportunities.
From the bottom of our hearts, those at ISF and all the animals you helped, thank you.