North America's largest non-profit pet adoption website
These Terms of Service ("Terms") govern your use of the Adopt-a-Pet.com website ("Site") and any Adopt-a-Pet.com mobile application, application programming interfaces, and other services offered by Adopt-a-Pet.com, as well as services offered through third parties integrating Adopt-a-Pet.com functionality ("Services"). BY USING THE SITE OR SERVICES, YOU ARE AGREEING TO THESE TERMS. PLEASE READ THEM CAREFULLY.
The Adopt-a-Pet.com Site and Services allow your local animal shelters and rescue groups to list their pets available for adoption. You must be at least 13 years old to use the Site or the Services. If you are under the age of majority in your state of residence, a minor, your parents or legal guardian must agree to these Terms on your behalf and you may only access and use the Site and Services with permission from your parent or legal guardian.
The Site and Services are free for you to use and free for the animal shelters and rescue groups as well. We simply provide a way for you to see homeless pets that animal shelters and rescue groups are advertising for adoption.
The adoption fees and adoption guidelines for each pet vary with the different shelters so to find out about a particular pet, please contact the organization directly that has the pet. We assume no liability or responsibility in connection with the adoption fees and adoption guidelines for each pet.
You are responsible for your use of the Site and Services, and for any use of the Site or Services made using your account, if any. Our goal is to create a positive, useful, and safe user experience. To promote this goal, we prohibit certain kinds of conduct that may be harmful to other users or to us. When you use the Site or Services, you may not:
We do not house, make any guarantees or have any contact with any of the pets listed on our website. Information regarding pets posted on the Site and Services is provided by the posting organization and is not checked for accuracy nor guaranteed to be accurate or complete. We are not therefore responsible for any issues that may arise out of contact you have with any pets listed on our site. We are also not responsible for any issues that arise regarding any of the organizations or individuals that post pets on our site. We work hard to make sure that animal shelters and rescue groups keep their listings on our website up to date, and that these groups are reputable and responsive to the public, but we assume no responsibility for any actions any of these organizations may or may not take. Please see below for more information.
The Site and some of our Services allow you to upload, submit, store, send, or receive content and data ("User Content"). You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that User Content. In other words, you own your personal data.
When you upload, submit, store, send, or receive User Content to or through the Site or Services, you give us permission to reproduce and use your User Content as follows: you grant to us and those we work with a license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as translations, adaptations, or other changes we make so that User Content works better with the Site and Services), publicly perform, publicly display, and distribute your User Content. This license is for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving the Site and Services, and to develop new Services. Our license to your User Content is non-exclusive, meaning you may use the User Content for your own purposes or let others use your User Content for their purposes. This license is fully-paid and royalty free, meaning we do not owe you anything else in connection with our use of your User Content. We may exercise our rights under this license anywhere in the world. Lastly, this license is perpetual, meaning that our rights under this license continue even after you stop using the Site and Services. In general, however, we will only need to use your User Content for as long as you choose to store it with us using the Site or Services.
You promise that:
We may refuse to accept or transmit User Content for any reason. We may remove User Content from the Site or Services for any reason.
Except for User Content, we own or license all right, title, and interest in and to (a) the Site and Services, including all software, text, media, and other content available on the Site and Services ("Our Content"), and (b) our trademarks, logos, and brand elements, including all images and text on the Site and Services ("Marks"). The Site and Services, Our Content, and Marks are all protected under U.S. and international laws. You may not use the Site and Services, Out Content, or Marks without the express and prior consent of Adopt-a-Pet.com.
Our site contains links to other web sites (shelters, pet rescue groups, etc.). When you click on one of these links, you are entering another web site for which Adopt-a-Pet.com has no responsibility. It's like going off-leash at the dog park. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on all such sites as their policies may be different than ours.
We protect account information by placing it on a secure portion of our site that is only accessible by certain qualified employees. Unfortunately, however, no data transmission over the Internet is 100% secure. While we strive to protect your information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of such information.
Our Site and Services may contain features and functionalities that may link you or provide you with access to third party content that is completely independent of us, including websites, directories, servers, networks, systems, information and databases, applications, software, programs, products or services, and the Internet in general. Your interactions with organizations or individuals found on our Site and Services, including shelters, rescue organizations, and others, are solely between you and such organizations or individuals. You should make whatever investigation you feel necessary or appropriate before proceeding with any interaction with any of these third parties. You agree that we are not responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any kind or nature incurred as the result of any such dealings. If there is a dispute between users of our Site and Services, or between users and any third party, you understand and agree that we are under no obligation to become involved. In the event that you have a dispute with any other user of the Site and Services, you hereby release us and our affiliates and sponsors, and their and our officers, employees, agents, and successors from claims, demands, and damages (actual and consequential) of every kind or nature, known and unknown, suspected and unsuspected, disclosed and undisclosed, arising out of or in any way related to such disputes or Adopt-a-Pet.com. IF YOU ARE A CALIFORNIA RESIDENT, YOU WAIVE CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE SECTION 1542, WHICH PROVIDES: A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE CREDITOR DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE, WHICH, IF KNOWN BY HIM MUST HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR.
YOU USE THE SITE AND SERVICES AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE SITE AND SERVICES ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, WE AND OUR OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, DIRECTORS, PARENTS, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, AGENTS, SPONSORS, AND LICENSORS (REFERRED TO COLLECTIVELY AS "AFFILIATES") DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WITH RESPECT TO THE SITE AND SERVICES (INCLUDING THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR USE OR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT).
IN PARTICULAR, WE AND OUR AFFILIATES MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES ABOUT THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF CONTENT AVAILABLE ON OR THROUGH OUR SITE AND SERVICES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY RECOMMENDATIONS OR OTHER CONTENT AVAILABLE ON OR THROUGH THE SITE OR SERVICES), OR THE CONTENT OF ANY WEBSITES OR RESOURCES LINKED TO THE SITE OR SERVICES. WE AND OUR AFFILIATES WILL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR ANY: (a) ERRORS, MISTAKES, OR INACCURACIES OF CONTENT; (b) PERSONAL INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE RESULTING FROM YOUR ACCESS TO OR USE OF THE SITE OR SERVICES OR THE ADOPTION OR ACTIONS OF OR INTERACTION WITH ANY PET; (c) ANY UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR USE OF OUR SERVERS OR OF ANY PERSONAL OR FINANCIAL INFORMATION; (d) ANY INTERRUPTION OF TRANSMISSION TO OR FROM THE SITE OR SERVICES; (e) ANY COMPUTER VIRUSES OR MALICIOUS CODE THAT MAY BE TRANSMITTED ON OR THROUGH THE SITE OR SERVICES; OR (f) ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND INCURRED AS A RESULT OF THE USE OF ANY FUNCTIONALITY OR CONTENT POSTED, E-MAILED, TRANSMITTED, OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE ON OR THROUGH THE SITE OR SERVICES.
WE AND OUR AFFILIATES DO NOT WARRANT, ENDORSE, GUARANTEE, OR ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY PETS OFFERED FOR ADOPTION OR ADOPTED OR ANY THIRD PARTY PRODUCT OR SERVICE RECOMMENDED, ADVERTISED, OR OFFERED ON OR THROUGH THE SITE OR SERVICES, OR ANY LINKED WEBSITE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, FROM ANY SHELTER OR RESCUE ORGANIZATION.
Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of certain warranties or the limitation or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages. Accordingly, some of the above limitations and disclaimers may not apply to you. To the extent we may not, as a matter of applicable law, disclaim any implied warranty or limit its liabilities, the scope and duration of such warranty and the extent of our liability will be the minimum permitted under such law.
You agree to indemnify and hold harmless our company and its Affiliates from and against any and all claims, costs, proceedings, demands, losses, damages, and expenses (including, without limitation, reasonable attorney’s fees and legal costs) of any kind or nature, arising from or relating to, any actual or alleged breach of these Terms by you or anyone using your account. If we assume the defense of such a matter, you will reasonably cooperate with us in such defense.
You and Adopt-a-Pet.com agree that we will resolve any disputes between us through binding and final arbitration instead of through court proceedings. You and Adopt-a-Pet.com hereby waive any right to a jury trial of any Claim (defined below). All controversies, claims, counterclaims, or other disputes arising between you and Adopt-a-Pet.com relating to these Terms or the Offerings (each a "Claim") shall be submitted for binding arbitration in accordance with the Rules of the American Arbitration Association ("AAA Rules"). The arbitration will be heard and determined by a single arbitrator. The arbitrator's decision in any such arbitration will be final and binding upon the parties and may be enforced in any court of competent jurisdiction. The parties agree that the arbitration will be kept confidential and that the existence of the proceeding and any element of it (including, without limitation, any pleadings, briefs or other documents submitted or exchanged and any testimony or other oral submissions and awards) will not be disclosed beyond the arbitration proceedings, except as may lawfully be required in judicial proceedings relating to the arbitration or by applicable disclosure rules and regulations of securities regulatory authorities or other governmental agencies.
If you demonstrate that the costs of arbitration will be prohibitive as compared to the costs of litigation, Adopt-a-Pet.com will pay as much of the administrative costs and arbitrator's fees required for the arbitration as the arbitrator deems necessary to prevent the cost of the arbitration from being prohibitive. In the final award, the arbitrator may apportion the costs of arbitration and the compensation of the arbitrator among the parties in such amounts as the arbitrator deems appropriate.
This arbitration agreement does not preclude you or Adopt-a-Pet.com from seeking action by federal, state, or local government agencies. You and Adopt-a-Pet.com also have the right to bring qualifying claims in small claims court. In addition, you and Adopt-a-Pet.com retain the right to apply to any court of competent jurisdiction for provisional relief, including pre-arbitral attachments or preliminary injunctions, and any such request shall not be deemed incompatible with these Terms, nor a waiver of the right to have disputes submitted to arbitration as provided in these Terms.
Neither you nor Adopt-a-Pet.com may act as a class representative or private attorney general, nor participate as a member of a class of claimants, with respect to any Claim. Claims may not be arbitrated on a class or representative basis. The arbitrator can decide only your and/or Adopt-a-Pet.com’s individual Claims. The arbitrator may not consolidate or join the claims of other persons or parties who may be similarly situated.
If any provision of this Section is found to be invalid or unenforceable, then that specific provision shall be of no force and effect and shall be severed, but the remainder of this Section shall continue in full force and effect. No waiver of any provision of this Section of the Terms will be effective or enforceable unless recorded in writing signed by the party waiving such a right or requirement. Such a waiver shall not waive or affect any other portion of the Terms. This Section of the Terms will survive the termination of your relationship with Adopt-a-Pet.com.
THIS SECTION LIMITS CERTAIN RIGHTS, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO MAINTAIN A COURT ACTION, THE RIGHT TO A JURY TRIAL, THE RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY FORM OF CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE CLAIM, THE RIGHT TO ENGAGE IN DISCOVERY EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN AAA RULES, AND THE RIGHT TO CERTAIN REMEDIES AND FORMS OF RELIEF. OTHER RIGHTS THAT YOU OR ADOPT-A-PET.COM WOULD HAVE IN COURT ALSO MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE IN ARBITRATION.
Under no circumstances will we be held liable for any delay or failure in performance due in whole or in part to any acts of nature or other causes beyond our reasonable control.
These Terms will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California, without giving effect to any conflict of laws rules or provisions.
You agree that any action of whatever nature arising from or relating to these Terms, the Site, or Services will be filed only in the state or federal courts located in San Bernardino County, California. You consent and submit to the personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of any such action.
If any provision of these Terms is found to be unlawful or unenforceable, then that provision will be deemed severable from these Terms and will not affect the enforceability of any other provisions.
The failure by us to enforce any right or provision of these Terms will not prevent us from enforcing such right or provision in the future.
We may assign our rights and obligations under these Terms, including in connection with a merger, acquisition, sale of assets or equity, or by operation of law.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact:
310 N. Indian Hill Blvd., #800
Claremont, CA 91711
You can also send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Adopt-a-Pet.com reserves the right at any time and without notice to change these Terms of Service and to enhance and update the Site and Services. We may change or discontinue the Site or services at any time, with or without notice to you.