privacy policy

We at Paws Between Homes (PBH) want this website to be a safe place for users. PBH will do its part by not requiring you to register or provide any information at all to use most of the basic features of this website. In turn, you can do your part by reading this policy, making your own informed decisions, and taking the precautions outlined below. There are certain actions and areas of the site that will require you to provide personal information, such as making a donation or sending us a message. This privacy policy does not apply when you use this website as a portal to click through to other websites. Additionally, this is not the privacy statement for any forums or social networking sites where PBH has a presence that are hosted on websites other than the PBH site. Please review the new site’s privacy policy to determine the treatment and collection of your information if you leave this site. We will update this privacy policy as we deem necessary, so please be sure to reread it from time to time. By submitting your personal information to us, you agree that PBH may use the information in accordance with this privacy policy. If you have questions regarding this privacy policy, please contact us by sending an e-mail to [email protected]

Personal information you may choose to provide
In order to utilize certain features of our site or receive information from PBH, you may choose to provide information. If you do submit information to us, we will use that information for the purposes for which it was submitted. We may also use your information in other ways, such as to contact you about other PBH activities and/or fundraising campaigns or as otherwise disclosed to you at the point of collection. If you send us a message, we will have a record of your e-mail address and all other information you choose to provide. We may send you newsletters or contact you with action alerts to help animals, fundraising campaigns, and other PBH activities. If you make an online donation to PBH, your information will be added to our donor list and database, and you may be contacted about other PBH activities, news, action alerts, and/or fundraising campaigns. PBH does not sell, rent, exchange or otherwise disclose your information, including your name, address, e-mail address or any other personal information, with any group, private, public or non-profit. When you take an action, such as sending an e-mail or letter, in response to a cause PBH is championing, PBH is not responsible for what the recipients of your action may do with the information you provide. Please note that elected officials receiving these communications may choose to contact you. In addition, sometimes government agencies add the names of people who submit comments on government proposals into public documents recording the names of people who’ve commented in favor of or opposition to a given proposal. This is often a part of the government process for receiving and recording feedback from the public. Government agencies typically have strict guidelines around not misusing information provided to them by the public for other purposes. However, you should review the policies of the appropriate government body if you are concerned. We will receive any other information you choose to provide. For example, we may manage blogs or allow you to post stories or photos from time to time. By submitting such information to us, you give us permission to post it in the designated area on our website, edit it, or remove it if we deem that the content is not appropriate, outdated, etc. To protect your privacy, please do not include identifying information you do not want published when submitting information. The https://pawsbetweenhomes.org site is owned and operated solely by PBH. You should be aware that we use third-party vendors to provide services on this site and in our offline business operations. The information that you submit on this site may be provided to those vendors on a confidential basis so that those vendors can provide services (such as maintaining our database, sending e-mail messages to activists, facilitating our fundraising activities and campaigns, or processing credit card transactions) on our behalf. Other than as described in this privacy policy, or as may be necessary to protect the rights, property, and safety of our organization or others, or as may be necessary to comply with applicable law, PBH will not give or sell the personal information you provide online.

Opt-out
If for any reason at any time you would like PBH to remove your name and contact information from our database(s), please send an e-mail to [email protected]

Financial information you may choose to provide
If you choose to make an online donation to PBH, payments are processed by Stripe on behalf of PBH. To protect your credit card information, when used according to manufacturer’s instructions, Stripe encrypts personal and credit card information during all transactions and sends an automated confirmation email for all transactions.

Children
We do not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 13.

Information we automatically collect and store
As is true of most websites you enter, we automatically collect and store some information about your computer and your visit and store it in log files. This information includes information such as your computer’s (or your Internet Service Provider’s) Internet Protocol (IP) address (this is not your e-mail address); the domain from which you access the Internet; the name, version, and specifications of your computer and your computer’s operating system; the Internet address of the website, if any, from which you came to our site; the date and time you arrived at our site and how long you spent on the site; and which pages you visited. We use this information to formulate statistics that show the number of visitors to the different sections of our site and to help us make our site more useful to visitors. For example, we use the browser information to help us design our website so that as many people as possible will be able to view the pages correctly. These statistics do not reveal personal information.

Use of “cookies”
We collect some data through the use of cookies. Cookies are small text files that are transferred either to your computer’s hard drive (“Long-term Cookies”) or temporarily to your computer’s Random Access Memory (“Session Cookies”). At this time, we use only Long-term cookies on our site. We use Long-term Cookies only when you select a “remember” option on the PBH site. If you select this option, a Long-term Cookie will be stored on your computer’s hard drive solely for the purpose of automatically filling in the remembered information — for example, automatically filling in your postal address when you write a letter to your representative. These “remember” options are offered only for your convenience and are voluntary. If you do not select a “remember” option, no Long-Term Cookie will be stored on your computer’s hard drive.

Security
This website has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control. The security measures used on this site include, but are not limited to, industry- standard firewalls and internal policies to maintain the security of stored data. The Voluntarily Submitted Data we collect about you is stored on a secure, password protected server and only authorized personnel have access to your information. While we follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100 percent secure. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
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