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The ASPCA Legal Department provides counsel to the ASPCA and its staff. Although we cannot provide legal advice to, or act as an attorney for, outside organizations or individuals, one of our goals is to provide the public with information and resources that may be helpful in resolving problems. None of the information on the ASPCA's web pages should be construed as providing legal advice. If you have a specific question, please check our Frequently Asked Questions page for the answer.

Terms of Use

Acceptance of Terms of Use

Your use of The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® ("ASPCA") website (,,, (the "website") is contingent upon your acceptance of and compliance with the following Terms of Use. By using the ASPCA's website you acknowledge that you have read and agreed to these terms. If you do not agree with these Terms of Use, please do not access or use any of the website.

Use of Material on this Site

The ASPCA owns and maintains their website for your personal and educational purposes. The website also contains an online store with ordering capabilities. You must be 18 years of age or older to place an order with the ASPCA online store. All materials on the website, including artwork, photographs, maps, data, text, trademarks, service marks, and logos, are, unless otherwise noted, the exclusive property of the ASPCA and are copyrighted. No portion of the website may be copied, downloaded, reproduced, reused, distributed, transmitted, or modified for any purpose without the ASPCA's express written permission. For more information, or for reprint permission, please see our reprint/reproduction policy. Any unauthorized use may violate copyright laws, trademark laws, or other applicable laws.

Comment Policy

Content posted to the ASPCA Blog on our website by our users is not guaranteed by us as to accuracy, completeness, or usefulness, and we do not endorse any content posted by our users. It is the responsibility of our website users to evaluate the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any content available through the ASPCA Blog.

You agree not to upload, post or otherwise make available on the ASPCA Blog any material protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary right without the express permission of the owner of the copyright, trademark or other proprietary right. You agree and acknowledge that you have the burden of determining whether any material is or is not protected by copyright. By submitting material, you grant (or warrant that the owner of such material has expressly granted to the ASPCA) the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate and distribute such material (in whole or in part) worldwide and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or hereafter developed for the full term of any copyright that may exist in such material. You also permit any other user of the ASPCA Blog to access, view, store or reproduce the material for that user's personal use. You grant the ASPCA the right to edit, copy, publish and distribute any material made available to us by you.

The ASPCA has the right, but not the obligation, to monitor the content posted on the ASPCA Blog to determine compliance with our Terms of Use and/or to satisfy any law, regulation or government request. The ASPCA has the right in its sole discretion to edit, refuse to post or remove any material submitted to or posted on the ASPCA Blog including, but not limited to, material that is unlawful, threatening, libelous, defamatory, invasive of another's privacy, potentially harmful to minors, obscene, pornographic, graphic, includes profanity, flames others, or otherwise objectionable.

If you believe your content has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, we have a policy that provides for the termination in appropriate circumstances of users who infringe the rights of copyright holders if you provide our Copyright Agent with the following information required by the Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. 512:

  1. A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;
  2. Identification of the copyright work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site;
  3. Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material;
  4. Information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact the complaining party;
  5. A statement that the complaining party has a good-faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
  6. A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Copyright Agent (Development Dept.)
424 E. 92nd Street
New York, NY 10128
Phone: (212) 876-7700
Fax: (212) 860-3560

Updated May 14, 2008

Limitation of Liability

The website is provided to you "as is" without any warranties of any kind, express or implied. The ASPCA expressly disclaims all warranties, express or implied, of any kind with respect to goods and services sold on or through the website. By using the website you agree to bear all risk associated with the use of these website and agree to hold harmless the ASPCA, its officers, directors, employees, volunteers and agents from all claims arising out of or related to your use of, or inability to use, the websites to which they are linked. You agree to be solely liable for any damage resulting from a submission to the website by you. You further agree that the ASPCA or the contributors of information to the website will not be liable for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by you in reliance on such information.

Privacy Policy

The ASPCA is committed to safeguarding the online privacy of our users, and recognizes the importance of protecting the privacy of personal information collected. No one under the age of 18 is allowed to register on the website. If you are under 18, please visit our children's web site at ASPCAKids. For further information, please see our Privacy Policy.


The website and all of the materials on or referenced by the website are provided on an "as is" basis. In no event shall the ASPCA be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, punitive, or consequential damages of any kind whatsoever with respect to the use of the website. You agree that you are using the website solely at your own risk.


By using the website and all their contents, you agree to defend, indemnify and hold the ASPCA harmless from any and all claims, damages, costs and expenses, including attorneys' fees, arising from or related to your use of the website. Your use of the website constitutes an agreement between you and the ASPCA. This agreement, which consists of the terms and conditions set forth herein, shall be governed by, construed under and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, without regard to any conflict of law provisions. You acknowledge and consent to jurisdiction in New York. Any action in connection with, relating to and/or arising from this agreement shall be brought exclusively in New York, New York, in a federal or state court of competent jurisdiction. This agreement is effective unless and until terminated by either you or the ASPCA. You may terminate this agreement at any time by discontinuing use of the website. The ASPCA may also terminate this agreement at any time without notice, and accordingly deny you access to the website, if in the ASPCA's sole discretion you fail to comply with any term or provision of these Terms of Use. Possible evidence of use of any of the website for illegal purposes may be provided by the ASPCA to law enforcement authorities in the discretion of the ASPCA. This is the entire agreement between the parties related to the use of the website.


These terms and conditions apply only to the website. In addition to our own website, we provide links to other third party websites that are not under the ASPCA's control. The ASPCA is not responsible for the terms and conditions, privacy practices or the content of any website linked to from the website. You acknowledge that when you leave the website and access a linked site you do so at your own risk and that the ASPCA does not endorse any linked website. Modifications

The ASPCA reserves the right to modify these Terms of Use at any time by posting such change here. Your continued use of these website after such change is made constitutes acceptance of and agreement to be bound by the Terms and Use as modified. Copyright Notice

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Last revised: May 14, 2008