19 Ian Somerhalder Photos Proving He's the Ultimate Animal Lover

Damon Salvatore may not be the cuddliest guy on The Vampire Diaries, but his offscreen counterpart, Ian Somerhalder, definitely has a sweet side. If how kind you are to animals says something about who you are as a person, then Somerhalder is a pretty fantastic dude. The CW star is a huge animal lover and an advocate for animal welfare — in fact, he recently started the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, which aims to empower individuals to care for the planet and its inhabitants. And since Somerhalder is such an animal lover, it's only appropriate that he has a ton of Instagram photos with his furry friends. Check out the X cutest pics of Somerhalder and the animals almost as adorable as he is. 

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Ian's Many Animal Friends

Ian chills out with his adopted cutie Nietzche. 

Ian's Many Animal Friends

Here’s Ian and his new camel buddy. 

Ian's Many Animal Friends

As if Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder as a couple weren’t cute enough, they had to go and add dogs into the mix. 

Ian's Many Animal Friends

Somerhalder and his new horse, Eagle, bond. How much do you want to be hugged like that by Somerhalder?

Ian's Many Animal Friends

Is this a lemur? They definitely had an animated version of it in Madagascar, right? 

Ian's Many Animal Friends

Those horses are almost as beautiful as the couple sitting on top of them. Almost. 

Ian's Many Animal Friends

Somerhalder is kind of obsessed with his dog. 

Ian's Many Animal Friends

Okay, really obsessed. But how could you not be? 

Ian's Many Animal Friends

Somerhalder would spend his vacation hanging out with an orphaned elephant. 

Ian's Many Animal Friends

Somerhalder has a lot of love for Grumpy Cat, even though I’m sure that Grumpy Cat hates him. 

Ian's Many Animal Friends

I would totally watch a show where Somerhalder plays a horse whisperer. 

Ian's Many Animal Friends

Pretty sure Somerhalder is attempting to kiss a dinosaur. 

Ian's Many Animal Friends

If I saw this in life I would faint. 

Ian's Many Animal Friends

Of course Somerhalder looks his sexiest when he’s hanging out with his dog. 

Ian's Many Animal Friends

Somerhalder makes new friends at the zoo. 

Ian's Many Animal Friends

The Vampire Diaries star is up to his ears in puppies in this pic. 

Ian's Many Animal Friends

Somerhalder posted this photo to encourage his followers to adopt black cats and dogs — they’re the least likely to get adopted from shelters due to old superstitions. 

Ian's Many Animal Friends

What’s this? Oh, just Somerhalder holding the world’s tiniest puppy. No big deal. 

Ian's Many Animal Friends

There is so much cuteness happening that it’s almost hard to look at. But, you know, not that hard.