After finding Nietzche in the road near the Vampire Diaries set in early August, Ian adopted the pup as his own and quickly realized that she was pregnant!
Nietzche went into labor earlier this month with the actor supporting her throughout the entire delivery.
“Our little Nietzsche girl is about to drop a ton of love into the world,” he posted on Instagram, saying “please send super-positive energy to this very brave and very scared little girl.”
The canine mom gave birth to 8 beautiful puppies, which Ian will ensure get adopted into loving homes.
In 2010, the actor launched the Ian Somerhalder Foundation which “aims to empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures.”
Using Nietzche’s experience, Ian wrote a message to his fans and fellow animal-lovers about safe pet sterilization.
“This ignites even more the vision and the absolute necessity to finish research and distribute safe species-specific oral sterilization drugs for dogs and cats,” he wrote. “Lets put our heads together and end over-population of these incredible animals!”