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May 8, 2013
Active in Vegan Pledge Program

Compassion for Animals (CfA) has played played an active role in the Northern Virginia Vegan Pledge Program. The program, created and run by the Peace Advocacy Network, matches people who are interested in going vegan (pledges) with people who already are (mentors). In addition to being mentors, CfA board members have given cooking demos and talks.


May 7, 2013
A Packed Weekend: April 12-13

We did three outreach events on two days recently. On Friday April 12, we did Pay Per View video outreach at George Washington University, our second time there. The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund at GWU set up the event for us, for which we're grateful.

Later that day, we did our first multi-Metro station leafleting. Volunteers and CfA staff handed out leaflets during rush hour at the Takoma Park, Rosslyn, West Falls Church, and Springfield/Franconia metro stations.

The next day, Saturday, was our first organized Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary tour of the year. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, and both the animals and visitors were clearly enjoying it. You can see a wonderful photo album of the tour at the new Veg Falls Church Facebook page.


February 26, 2013
Loving Hut Benefit and More

Reminder: This Sunday, March 3, a portion of your bill at Loving Hut restaurant in Falls Church, VA goes to Compassion for Animals. In addition to their great Vietnamese and American dishes and delicious desserts from Vegan Treats and Sticky Fingers, the restaurant will be featuring its new black-eyed pea and coconut rice pudding. Only $1 and tasty!

Our first organized tour of Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary will be Saturday, April 13. If you haven't beeen there, prepare to be amazed by the animal residents. Family-friendly, wheelchair-accessible. Details and RSVP info are here.

Every now and then we add a recipe to our recipe page. We don't have too many, but all of them are created by us and people we know, so it has a homey feel. And they're all awesome.


February 6, 2013
Tons of Stuff Coming Up

Sorry we haven't kept up on the mini-blog. We'll try to do better. But ... Everything since our last entry was awesome! (Also, another way to keep up with what we're doing is to check out our Facebook page. Or, if you really want to know every event we're doing, get on our no-spam email list by filling out the timy form on the right-hand side of this page.)

This year we expect to be back tabling at most of the local fairs and celebrations at which we've exhibited in the past. We'll also continue to organize leafleting events (including one on February 15) and Poplar Spring Animal Animal Sanctuary tours throughout the year, and we'll participate in the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale in May.

In addition, we're looking at some new things...too early to report on yet, but stay tuned.

Last but not least, Holly's chocolate chip cookies (second recipe down) got a shout-out on the Vegan Outreach blog. Thanks, VO! We've fed these cookies to hundreds (maybe a thousand) people at Pay Per View events, vegan bake sales, Poplar Spring tours, even leafleting. Maybe two people haven't liked them.

As always, we greatly appreciate your support and we love volunteers!


December 6, 2012
Fun End-of-Year Activities

On Saturday December 15, members of Compassion for Animals will participate in a holiday vegan bake sale organized by our friends at Loudoun Veg. We're helping with baking and promotion. If you want to bake something for this event but can't easily drive to the destination, we may have a couple or more “inner Northern Virgina subburb” drop-off locations for baked goods.

On Sunday Dember 30, we're pleased to be teaming once again with the Vegetarian Society of DC for a friendly, casual “New Year's Eve Eve” dinner at the all-vegan Loving Hut Restaurant in Falls Church, Virginia. RSVPs are required for this event. VSDC members can RSVP on the meetup event page; others can RSVP at the Facebook event or via There will be two “seatings”: 5:30pm and 7:30pm. Please indicate the one you'll be attending when you RSVP.

We're looking at some new types of activities for 2013, but nothing's definite yet.


November 7, 2012
Awesome Vegucated Screening

We had a large crowd, fantastic food, and a good time at the Vegucated screening at the Arlington Central Library on November 4th.

Many thanks to our sponsors:

Local: National and beyond:

And a huge thank-you to everyone who helped out—and to everyone who attended!


October 22, 2012
VSDC Co-Sponsoring Vegucated Screening

We're excited that the Vegetarian Society of DC (VSDC) is now co-sponsoring the November 4th screening of Vegucated at the Arlington Central Library.

If you're a member of VSDC, you can RSVP here. Or, anyone can RSVP on the Facebook event page that the Vegucated folks set up for us. (And of course anyone can visit and comment on the page.) If you're not on Facebook or a member of VSDC, you can RSVP to

In addition to the award-winning film, we'll have a variety of free snacks, several door prizes, and an optional Q&A session after the film.

So far there are about 80 RSVPs (and climbing). But the auditorium holds a lot of people. So join us for this entertaining but possibly mind-blowing evening.


October 9, 2012
Benefit Day at Loving Hut (and More)

This Sunday, October 14, a portion of your bill at Loving Hut Restaurant in Falls Church goes to Compassion for Animals.

In other news...

This Saturday (October 13), we will be returning to the Fairfax Fall Festival; we'll be giving out free samples of delicious vegan food as well as free literature.

We're lining up food and door prize donors for the Vegucated screening at the Arlington Central library on Sunday November 4. This will be a fun, empowering, and memorable evening.

Details for all these events are on the Events Page.


September 16, 2012
Vegucated at Arlington Central Library, November 4

On Sunday November 4th, at 5pm at the Arlington Central Library, We're hosting a screening of Vegucated, which won "Best Documentary" at the Toronto Independent Film Festival and several other awards.

The film follows three unlikely candidates for a trial run at veganism; they answer an ad in the paper. It's powerful yet engrossing.

We'll have free snacks beforehand and optional mingling afterward.

Although the film is unrated, it's about at the PG-14 level (a few brief scenes of animal cruelty, and an isolated cuss word).

More info about this exciting event, including links to the movie trailer and RSVP pages, is on our Events page.

Update: We will have a few door prizes at the screening!


September 14, 2012
Successful Adams Morgan Day Tabling

Last Sunday (September 9) was our first time exhibiting at Adams Morgan Day in DC. We had a steady crowd throughout the day, as we gave away samples of General Tso's vegan "chicken" and a variety of nondairy milks, as well as vegan literature.

Near the end of the festival, we gave samples of our remaining food to any exhibitors who wanted it, and this worked out very well; we got to meet a lot of our fellow exhibitors and they got to try tasty vegan food (though some were already vegan and just appreciated free food after tabling all day).

In all likelihood, we'll be back next year.


July 18, 2012
Two Exciting Events Coming Up

This Friday, July 20, we'll be leafleting at the West Falls Church Metro station. The main (but not only) literature will be the Veg-DC Guide, which lists all the decent vegan options in the area. This is an easy booklet to give away, and we are encouraging first-time leafleters to join us. Details are here.

This Sunday, July 22, is our first-ever joint Summer Potluck Picnic/Barbecue with the Vegetarian Society of DC. The picnic will be held in beautiful Bluemont Park in Arlington, VA. The park has lots of amenities, including a playground, basketball court, disc golf, and hiking trails—and bathrooms.

Bring a vegan dish and beverage; we'll supply the grills, condiments, coolers, and ice. More details and RSVP information are here.


June 12, 2012
A Lull Between Two Busy Periods

We're behind in updating the mini-blog. In the near future, we'll summarize and show some photos from activities in May, and then look ahead to events in July and beyond.


April 18, 2012
Veg Week 2012

Politicians, professors, and Pulitzer Prize winners are taking the 7-Day Veg Pledge, April 23-29, and you can too! VegWeek, run by our friends at Compassion over Killing, has attracted national attention and broad support. It's an easy way to try a diet free of animal products—you get daily meal tips and recipes, and a free VegWeek starter pack with information and coupons.


April 8, 2012
A Plethora of Diverse Activities

  • Leafleting and peaceful protests against Ringling at George Mason Universty are happening now and will continue through April 15. This is definitely one of those events where the number of people makes a difference. Details are here.
  • Our tour at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary yesterday was wonderful and well-attended. The weather was perfect (both the animals and visitors were enjoying it), and folks got an opportunity to meet, pet, and hold the animals, and see how happy they were living in peace and with only kindness from humans.

    Have you never rubbed a pig's belly, petted a turkey, or held a chicken? You'll get a chance at our next Poplar Spring tour, to be scheduled soon...
  • Reserve your spot now for a dinner and talk with Will Tuttle, Ph.D. Dr. Tuttle, author of the groundreaking book, The World Peace Diet, is a captivating speaker. RSVP required. This event will probably fill up quickly. Details are here.
  • We have two bake sales planned as part of the 2012 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale. Bakers wanted!

    The first one is May 5 in Falls Church, and we're teaming with Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. Details, including baker signup sheet, are here.

    On May 12, we're teaming up for a vegan bake in Leesburg with Loudoun Veg. Details, including baker signup sheet, are here.

  • We're excited about teaming up with these two great organizations!


February 22, 2012
New Board Members, Events Reminder

We'd like to welcome two new members of the Compassion for Anmials Board of Directors: José and Leah Peralta.

Just a reminder—the Loudoun Veg screening of Vegucated is this Sunday, February 26, at 3pm. Let us know if you're interested in carpooling.

The Compassion for Animals Benefit Day at Loving Hut is the following Sunday, March 4. Hope to see you there. The Facebook event is here.

We're adding more spring and summmer events. It will be a fairly crowded next few months.

Thanks so much for your support!


February 11, 2012
Benefit Day at Loving Hut, Other Upcoming Events

On Sunday March 4, a portion of your bill at Loving Hut Restaurant in Falls Church goes to Compassion for Animals. More details are here.

In other news, our events calendar over the next three months is getting crowded, and there are more events to come.
  • Our first Poplar Spring tour is Saturday April 7.
  • The Baltimore VegFest is Saturday April 28.
  • We have two joint vegan bake sales planned as part of the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale—Saturday May 5 in Falls Church with Homeward Trails Animal Rescue and Saturday May 12 in Leesburg with Loudoun Veg.
  • On Saturday May 19 we'll be tabling in McLean for our first time.
  • Last but not least, Loudoun Veg is hosting a free screening of the award-winning "Vegucated" film on Sunday February 26 in Leesburg. If interested in carpooling, let us know. Details are here.


February 3, 2012
New Events for Winter, Spring 2012

We have the dates reserved for Pay Per View video outreach at George Mason University, and in the next few days will have dates set up for Pay Per View at George Washington University.

March 4 will be Compassion for Animals benefit day at Loving Hut restaurant in Falls Church.

Also, we're planning our first Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary guided tour of the year, and looking forward to May, we'll have a joint vegan bake sale with Homeward Trails animal rescue as part of the fourth annual Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale.

We have more events in the works. Stay tuned...


January 21, 2011
MLK Leafleting Success; Events Being Planned

  • We handed out close to 1500 pieces of literature at the Martin Luther King Jr. parade and memorial, respectively, on January 16. Big thanks to the volunteers who helped out at both places.
  • We're going to start doing Pay Per View video outreach at George Washington University soon.
  • The Compassion for Animals events calendar is pretty empty right now, but we're working on lots of events, and the calendar will start filling up shortly.


December 20, 2011
Compassion for Animals Mentioned in New Book

Holly Sternberg, president of Compassion for Animals, who originated the very effective concept of paying people to watch graphic videos (and has made numerous improvements to its implementation), is cited for her achievement in the new book, Animal Impact, by Caryn Ginsburg. Animal Impact highlights creative, productive animal advocacy techniques and explores what makes them successful.


December 19, 2011
Successful and Fun Joint Vegan Bake Sale

Dachshund Rescue of North America was an awesome group to work with. We had a ton of delicious baked goods. The $500-plus in proceeds were split between the two groups.

We should have some more (and better) pictures soon.


December 13, 2011
Joint Vegan Bake Sale This Saturday

Lots of goodies from local bakers and businesses! Bring a picture of your adopted dachshund and get a dollar off all orders of $5 or more!

If you want to bake, please sign up here and send us your email (in case we have to contact you at the last minute).

Proceeds will be split between Compassion for Animals and Dachshund Rescue of North America.


December 5, 2011
Fun and Informative Evening with Jonathan Balcombe

We had a capacity crowd at Loving Hut restaurant Friday evening to hear Jonathan Balcombe talk about his fascinating research, buy his books, socialize with him and each other, and eat fantastic vegan food. Jonathan described some truly impressive and thought-provoking stories and studies of animals' intelligence and emotional lives.


November 13, 2011
Coming up...

  • Reminder: There are a limited number of spots for the December 2nd “Eat, Meet, and Greet” event with Jonathan Balcombe at Loving Hut restaurant, and they're filling up. If you want to go straight to the RSVP page, it's here.
  • We're organizing a screening of the award-winning, entertaining yet high-impact film Vegucated at George Mason University on February 2nd, in conjunction with the Animal Rights Collective at GMU. More details soon...
  • We now have a signup sheet for bakers who want to help out with our joint vegan bake sale with Dachshund Rescue of North America on December 17th!


October 29, 2011
Save the dates!

On Friday December 2, we'll be hosting an “Eat, Meet, and Greet” event with local author and animal expert and advocate Jonathan Balcombe. Join us at the all-vegan Loving Hut restaurant for a friendly dinner and talk by Jonathan. He'll have lots of copies of his three books for purchasing and signing.

On Saturday December 17, we're holding our first joint vegan bake sale—with Dachshund Rescue of North America. Soon we'll issue the call for bakers, and of course feel free to stop by the bake sale, buy some tasty vegan treats, and support both groups' efforts to help animals.

We've also got leafleting and other events planned. Details for all our events are on the events page.


October 18, 2011
Leafleting at Foggy Bottom

We handed out close to 1000 pieces of literature at the Foggy Bottom Metro station last Friday. Thanks to the volunteers who helped make the event a success!


October 10, 2011
Vegtoberfest Chili Recipe

We had a great time at Vegtoberfest yesterday. The vegan chili cook-off contestants were a really cool bunch and they made a diversity of awesome vegan chilis. Although our “Texas Tribute” chili did not win the coveted blue ribbon, it consistently got good feedback throughout the cook-off.

The recipe was kindly supplied by mollyjade of Austin Texas, author of several blogs, including the Scratch and Sniff blog, which features the recipe here.

The Lone Star Vegetarian Chili Cook-Off started 23 years ago, so the Texas chili at Vegtoberfest was a tribute to our vegan chili cook-off heritage.


September 29, 2011
Busy Time of Year

Since this is such a nice time of year in the DC area, thre are lots of street festivals and similar events—and we try to table at as many of them as we can. We have five events in the first 14 days of October (See schedule at left).

  • The Mid-Atlantic Dachshund Phest on Saturday October 1 is truly unique. The organizers kindly let us display anti-puppy mill and pro-vegan literature (not every pet festival is that generous).
  • Our booth at the Takoma Park Street Festival on Sunday October 2 will feature Pay Per View video outreach and a variety of free vegan food samples (main course, salad, dessert, nondairy drinks).
  • At the Fairfax Fall Festival on Saturday October 8, in addition to literature, we'll be offering delicious vegan baked goods from local businesses.
  • At the first annual Vegtoberfest in Baltimore on Sunday October 9, we'll not only be an exhibitor but also entering the vegan chili cook-off.
  • In honor of International Vegetarian Week, we'll be leafleting during rush hour at the Foggy Bottom Metro station on Friday, October 14.

If you'd like to volunteer at any of them, please let us know at Hope to see you at one or more of these events!


September 3, 2011
End-of-Summer Picnic Next Weekend

Come join us for our first-ever vegan potluck picnic, Sunday September 10 from 12:30 to 3:30. It will be in Madison Park in Falls Church, VA, a 15-minute walk from the East Falls Church Metro station.

Everybody—including non-vegetarians—is welcome! Bring a vegan dish and beverage; we'll supply condiments, two grills, coolers with ice, and a sample of vegan desserts and bakery items sold in Falls Church eating establishments. Madison Park has a covered picnic area, grills, and playground and basketball court—it's family-friendly!

Hope to see you there! RSVP to


September 3, 2011
New date for Poplar Spring Volunteering, Tour, and Lunch

Hurricane Irene wasn't respectful of our August 28 Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary events...We've rescheduled for Sunday, October 23. More details later...


August 19, 2011
Poplar Spring Volunteering, Tour, and Lunch

On Sunday August 28, you can volunteer at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary, take a guided tour of the sanctuary, join us in a potluck picnic lunch at the sanctuary—or do all three!

Details are here.

If you've been to the sanctuary during a major event such as the Open House or “Thanksgiving with the Turkeys,” you may still want to take the tour; smaller tours on non-event days are more intimate and you'll have more time with animals. If you've volunteered at Poplar Spring, you may want to take the tour, also; you're guaranteed to learn new things about the animals and the operation. And Poplar Spring can always use volunteers; there are chores to do every day, and on the weekends they're done by volunteers and by Terry and Dave, Poplar Spring's founders.

(Photo: Debora Durant)


August 19, 2011
Pay Per View Takes Off

Mercy For Animals 'Paid Per View' setup
Pay Per View (PPV), which we started two years ago, is now being used regularly by two of the best-known and most effective animal advocacy groups in the U.S.— Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM), and Mercy For Animals (which calls the technique “Paid Per View”).

FARM has aded post-viewing surveys and mobile technology to PPV, and has generously shared their knowledge. We use a condensed version of Mercy For Animals' Farm to Fridge video as the main video at our PPV events.

You can hold your own PPV event and apply to get it funded by VegFund. VegFund also has lots of helpful tips on making your PPV event successful.


August 16, 2011
Arlington County Fair

Though the crowds weren't as big as last year, hundreds of attendees participated in Pay Per View, we had lots of fruitful discussions and gave away a ton of literature, and our volunteers were awesome!


August 6, 2011
Institutions Interested in Vegan Bake Sales?

If you're a member of a DC-area church or other religious group, civic institution, or animal shelter or rescue group, and would like to hold a fundraiser vegan bake sale, Compassion for Animals (CfA) is interested in helping you. You supply the place, some of the bakers, and some of the promotion; CfA supplies help with baking, setup, operation, and promotion. You can use the proceeds however you like. Contact us for more details.

If you're a member of any of these organizations, local or not, you may be interested in participating in next year's fourth annual Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale, started by Compassion for Animals. Contact us if you want to be emailed two reminders in early 2012 to participate.


August 6, 2011
Upcoming Events

In addition to the Arlington County Fair this coming Thursday through Saturday (for which we still have a couple of volunteer slots), on Sunday August 28 you can join us for volunteering and/or a guided tour at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary, and on Saturday September 10, we will hold our first potluck / picnic — open to all!

We hope to see you at one or more of these events!


July 21, 2011
Coming Up: Arlington County Fair

We're looking forward to tabling at the Arlington County Fair, August 11 through 14. We'll have three “Pay Per View” video stations, as well as literature and books and shirts for sale. Among our superstar volunteers will be vegan strength athlete Javier DelaCamara (GorillaFit), yoga instructor Cathy Buntua, and registered nurse Margaretha Backers-Netherton.

We'll need more volunteers, though, and will be sending out the request via email and social media soon...


July 7, 2011
Fairfax July 4th Celebration

We gave away hundreds of vegan food samples (General Tso's vegan “chicken” from Whole Foods, Tofurky Salad from Roots Market, and un-crabcakes and three kinds of cookies from vegan chef Ginger Naglee) and plenty of literature and recipe sheets, and had some great conversations with people who came to see the fireworks and festivities at the Fairfax Independence Day Celebration.

Big shout-out to our intrepid volunteers: Gloria, Kelly, and Kacy!


We're Interested in Your Ideas!

Is there an activity that you'd like Compassion for Animals to do, for which you're 90 percent (or more) sure you would volunteer? Tell us about it and we will sincerely consider it.


Mention CfA, Get 10% Off at Loving Hut

When you go to the new Loving Hut restaurant in Falls Church, VA, mention Compassion for Animals and get 10 percent off your order!


Pay Per View Videos on YouTube

We put the videos we most often use for Pay Per View video outreach on our YouTube page.


Falls Church Memorial Day Festival

Searing hot temperatures notwithstanding, we gave away hundreds of samples of vegan food from local establishments, had great conversations about vegan food and concepts with people to came to the booth, and handed out lots of literature. Huge thanks to our outstanding volunteers!

There weren't as many dogs at the event this year—which was good in the sense that the blacktop was burning hot by noon—but we did have a few early morning four-pawed visitors, such as these two guys helping themselves to a cool drink at our “doggie oasis.”


Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale

Our first of two bake sales as part of the 2011 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale was a fun success, thanks to awesome volunteers, talented bakers, and generous local businesses. There was even a great, albeit short, piece about the bake sale on radio station WAMU, during the very popular "Morning Edition"program!


Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti

We raised over $500 for Haitian relief as part of 100 Shows for Haiti. We were helped by two great volunteers from Fairfax High School, an awesome team of bakers—which included members of the Students Against Animal Cruelty Club at Marshall High School in Falls Church—and area businesses that donated tasty vegan items.


Meet and Greet with Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

Many thanks to everyone who came out to Sunflower and/or Clare and Don's Beach Shack on a blustery Tuesday night for the “Meet and Greet” events with our very special guest, award-winning author and animal advocate Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. HUGE thanks to Colleen, who signed and sold her awesome cookbooks and talked with all the guests. It was a "lovefest" in her words, and we agree. Here are some pictures from the events.


Successful Vegan Chili Feed-In

Thanks to everyone who contributed awesome chili for our January 29 vegan chili feed-in at Roots Market in Olney—our first foray into hot food feed-ins. We had the chili selections arranged from hottest to mildest. For a while we had six crockpots, each with a different variety of vegan chili, lined up side-by-side. Feedback from customers was a hundred percent positive, with lots of raves.

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Pay Per View Update

  • has now taken over funding of Pay Per View (PPV) outreach events. Funding is what they do, so this should work out very well. Thank you to VegFund! We've worked closely with them to make this a smooth transition. If you're interested in doing a funded PPV event, this page has the funding application and this page has instructions and tips for doing a PPV event.
  • We're starting to show a condensed version of Mercy For Animals' Farm to Fridge video (MPEG