Formed in Northern California in 2008, Compassionate Living is a 501c3 non-profit organization working for a world where no animal has to suffer at human hands. Through outreach campaigns, educational initiatives and community building activities, Compassionate Living works not only to relieve the suffering of farmed animals, but to show how we can build a more sustainable, just and non-violent world, one where we can all prosper in peace and vibrant health.

Compassionate Living hosts monthly vegan potlucks in various cities in Sonoma County and also hosts knowledgeable speakers and film showings throughout the year. Our Outreach Team is energizing the county with educational video outreach, leafletings, and tabling; informing our community about the suffering of farmed animals and the benefits of a plant-based diet. We are the main sponsor and organizer of the Sonoma County VegFest, a celebration of compassionate eating, held in Santa Rosa every summer and the Berkeley Vegan Earth Day.

Statement of Purpose

To create a compassionate world where animals are free from human imposed suffering by promoting lifestyles choices which support and protect animals and by sharing with our community the benefits of a vegan diet through education and outreach.

Compassionate Living’s Executive Director

PS Hope with Chicken (3)Hope Bohanec has been active in animal advocacy and environmental activism for over 25 years and published the book The Ultimate Betrayal: Is There Happy Meat? She is a nationally recognized leader and speaker in the animal protection movement, and is currently serving as Projects Manager for United Poultry Concerns.  Hope co-founded Compassionate Living in 2008 while she was the Campaigns Director for the international organization, In Defense of Animals. She is also the primary organizer for the annual Conscious Eating Conference at UC Berkeley, the Sonoma County VegFest and the Berkeley Vegan Earth Day.

Here is a link to a video presentation by Hope called The Humane Hoax and an interview with the 27-year vegan veteran.

Compassionate Living’s Board of Directors

Kaaren Van Dyke, President
Melanie Walker, Secretary
Aja Heisler, Treasurer
Deborah Blum
Mandy Cimino
Russell Walker