Alley Cat Allies, Inc. (“Alley Cat Allies” or “us” or “we” or “our”) owns and operates the alleycat.org site (“Site”).  The following Terms of Use (“Terms”) govern your use of the Site.  Other sites or content owned or controlled by Alley Cat Allies may have their own terms of use and should be reviewed.

Alley Cat Allies may offer promotions, sweepstakes, contests, services, or features that have their own terms of use, and to the extent any portion of those special terms conflict with these Terms, the special terms will govern for that specific portion.

By using the Site, you agree to be bound by these Terms.  If you do not agree to be so bound, you are not authorized to use the Site.  These Terms are a legal contract between you and Alley Cat Allies and govern your access to and use of the Site together with any goods or services offered through the Site.  Your right to use the Site is limited by applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

The Site is intended for adults 18 years of age or older.  By accessing the Site, you represent that you are 18 years of age or older or if a minor, you have received permission from a parent or guardian.  In no instance should anyone younger than 13 years of age use the Site.

The Site

Alley Cat Allies’ mission is to transform and develop communities to protect and improve the lives of cats.  Indoors and outdoors, no matter where they call home, we protect them all.  This Site represents that mission on the web.  It is chock full of information and communities to help cats.  Please enjoy.

The purpose of the Site is to provide information, resources, and related services for promoting and advocating for the humane treatment and care for feral cats.

The information contained on the Site is provided for educational and informational purposes only.  You agree that you will only use the Site for its intended purposes, and not for other commercial ventures without first seeking approval from Alley Cat Allies.

By using the Site, you may need to interact with other Site users.  You are solely responsible for any such interaction and agree to do so in a manner that is legal, respectable, and consistent with these Terms.  Alley Cat Allies is not responsible for the conduct of any other user who may interact with you, regardless of whether or not it is done through the Site.

License

Alley Cat Allies hereby grants you a revocable and nonexclusive right and license to use and access the Site (including any underlying software) in a manner that is consistent with these Terms and the Site’s intended purposes. Alley Cat Allies reserves the right to terminate this License for any or no reason and at any time without notice to you, including, but not limited to, for a breach of these Terms.

Information Disclaimer

The Site provides a large amount of information, resources, and related services on promoting and advocating for the humane treatment and care for feral cats.  This includes, but is not limited to, The Feral Friends Network, political action/advocacy information, and tons of educational information on caring for, and the humane treatment of, cats.

All Site content is provided for informational purposes only.  While Alley Cat Allies does its best to provide useful information, it cannot guarantee that such information is always accurate, safe, and/or will work for any specific purpose or issue.  Alley Cat Allies is not responsible and/or liable for any harm that may occur to you or anyone else as a result of any reliance on any information on the Site, and you waive and hold harmless Alley Cat Allies from any such harm.

You rely on any Site content at your own risk. 

Nothing on the Site is intended to act as veterinary or other licensed medical advice for animals/cats, or to be a substitute for the advice of a licensed veterinarian or other animal medical professional.  As always, a licensed veterinarian should be consulted for any health issues related to a cat.

The Feral Friends Network

In order to connect people looking for assistance or information related to cats, Alley Cat Allies established the Feral Friends Network.  More information on this can be found at http://www.alleycat.org/page.aspx?pid=355.  Alley Cat Allies does its best to provide reliable contacts and information through this program, but cannot guarantee that any assistance or information you receive through the program will be helpful, reliable, accurate, legitimate, and/or free from incidents or errors.

You acknowledge that any activities you perform as a Feral Friend are voluntary and at your own risk, and that Alley Cat Allies cannot assume any responsibility for any liability for any accident or injury which may arise from any such activities.  You also acknowledge that you expressly and specifically assume the risk of injury or harm in these activities and release Alley Cat Allies from all liability for injury, illness, death, or property damage resulting from those activities.

You agree to waive and hold harmless Alley Cat Allies from any claims or harm you may experience as a result of participating in the Feral Friends Network or relying on any assistance or information provided through the program.  In no event shall Alley Cat Allies be liable to you or anyone else for any decision made or action taken by you in reliance on any information or data found in the Feral Friends Network.  As always, a licensed veterinarian should be consulted for any health issues related to a cat.

You are prohibited from copying, reproducing, posting/uploading, modifying, editing, adapting, transmitting, distributing, republishing, translating, creating derivative works from, reverse engineering, displaying, downloading, reselling or duplicating, in whole or in part, for commercial or any other purposes, or for purposes of compiling mailing lists or any other list, any Feral Friends Network content or data.  You may not use any Feral Friends Network content or data to establish any independent data files, databases, compendiums, or any other reference materials.

Much of the Feral Friends Network content and data is compiled from self-reported information provided by each participant.   As such, none of the Feral Friends Network content or data originates from, nor is fact-checked by, Alley Cat Allies.

Alley Cat Allies does not warrant nor guarantee the accuracy, completeness, timeliness, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose of the information and data contained in the Feral Friends Network.

Alley Cat Allies does not in any way endorse any of the information shared or the individuals described in the Feral Friends Network, nor does Alley Cat Allies verify medical qualification, licenses, experience levels, practice areas or suitability of any listed professional or participant.

Alley Cat Allies does not prescreen nor conduct any review or analysis of the any professional or participant listed in the Feral Friends Network.

You use the Feral Friends Network at your own risk.  You should conduct your own analysis and research of any professional or participant prior to engaging him or her for animal medical advice or services.

Response/Assistance

In order to help people looking for assistance or information related to cats, Alley Cat Allies allows users to email questions or concerns to us.  Alley Cat Allies does its best to provide timely and reliable information in response to any emailed question, but we cannot guarantee that you will receive any or a timely response, or that any assistance or information you do receive will be helpful, reliable, accurate, legitimate, and/or free from incidents or errors.  You agree to waive and hold harmless Alley Cat Allies from any claims or harm you may experience as a result of relying on any information you get from us.  As always, a licensed veterinarian should be consulted for any health issues related to a cat.

Change of Terms

Alley Cat Allies reserves the right to modify these Terms at any time without prior notice.  You should visit the Site from time to time to review the current Terms.  By using the Site subsequent to any modification of these Terms, you agree to be bound by such modification(s).  Alley Cat Allies will highlight any change to these Terms for 30 days after such change(s) is/are made.

Alley Cat Allies does not represent that any of the Site content is completely accurate, and therefore any reliance on the Site is done at your own risk.

User Generated Content

The Site may allow you to upload/post your own user generated content (“UGC”) in certain areas.

Any UGC you upload/post to the Site is done on a non-proprietary and non-confidential basis, and you agree that Alley Cat Allies has a royalty-free, perpetual, transferable, irrevocable, worldwide, non-exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, and display any UGC for the purpose of operating and/or marketing the Site, Alley Cat Allies, or any related goods or services offered through the Site.  This license includes any right of publicity right that may be present in the UGC.

Alley Cat Allies is not required to treat any UGC as confidential.

You further agree that you will not upload/post to the Site any UGC that infringes the rights, including but not limited to, intellectual property, privacy, publicity, or contract of some other person or entity.  You shall be solely liable for any damages, royalties, or fees resulting from any infringement of rights or any other harm resulting from any UGC you upload/post.

You further represent and warrant that: (i) you own all right, title, and interest, including the intellectual property rights, to any UGC uploaded/posted by you to the Site or you have been granted the right by the respective owner to upload/post the UGC; (ii) your UGC does not violate the intellectual property rights, privacy rights, publicity rights, contract rights or any other rights of any person or entity; and (iii) if the UGC features or displays a person or other content protected by publicity or privacy laws, you have the proper permission or release.

Alley Cat Allies reserves the right to comply and cooperate with any and all legal requirements, legal authorities, and/or law enforcement agencies regarding the investigation of, or request to disclose, information related to your UGC.  By accepting these Terms, you waive and hold harmless Alley Cat Allies from any claims resulting from any action taken by Alley Cat Allies during or as a result of Alley Cat Allies’ investigation and/or from any actions taken as a consequence of investigations by either Alley Cat Allies or law enforcement.

Alley Cat Allies is not responsible for UGC. You shall be solely liable for any damages, royalties, or fees resulting from any infringement of rights or any other harm resulting from UGC you post/upload.  If any UGC infringes your copyright or other legal rights, you agree to release Alley Cat Allies, including its officers, owners, directors, employees, affiliates, agents, licensors, representatives, attorneys, and business partners, from all legal claims, damages, and/or lost profits, whether known or unknown, relating to any legal claims you may have regarding the UGC to the extent allowed under the law.

The presence of UGC or other information coming from third party sources does not automatically imply that Alley Cat Allies endorses or approves the UGC or other information. For example, the Site offers a calendar of events wherein many of the events are not official Alley Cat Allies events. These events are listed for informational purposes without any representations or endorsements as to their content or substance.

Alley Cat Allies does not accept unsolicited content or ideas you may attempt to transmit to us directly.  As such, we take no responsibility for such transmitted content or ideas.  If you do send Alley Cat Allies unsolicited content or ideas, you agree that Alley Cat Allies may use such content and ideas in any way Alley Cat Allies wishes without any compensation to you.

Intellectual and Other Property

Other than the exceptions referenced in these Terms or noted elsewhere, the major exception being UGC uploaded/posted by Site users which remains the property of the users, all other content on the Site is the property of Alley Cat Allies including, but not limited to, all marks, logos, names, text, data, documents, messages, pictures, images, video, audio, graphics, links, software and its underlying code, domain name, or other electronic files (referred hereafter as “Alley Cat Allies Content”).

Certain elements of the Site, including but not limited to, text, graphics, photos, images, video, audio, color selections, organization and layout, are copyright protected under United States and international copyright laws and treaty provisions.  Any Alley Cat Allies Content protected by intellectual property laws may not be copied, republished, posted, modified, edited, transmitted, distributed, used to create derivative works of, or reverse engineered without permission, except that you may print out one copy of each Site page solely for non‑commercial personal or educational use.  No right, title, or interest in any Alley Cat Allies Content is transferred to you as a result of you accessing, downloading, or printing such content from the Site.  Any use of Alley Cat Allies Content must display the appropriate copyright, trademark, and other proprietary notices.

You acknowledge that you have no right, title, or interest in or to the Site and/or Alley Cat Allies Content.

Alley Cat Allies is a mark of Alley Cat Allies.  Other marks, names, and logos on the Site are the property of their respective owners.

There may be other content located on the Site not owned by Alley Cat Allies, and you should respect those property rights as well.  All rights not expressly granted herein are reserved to Alley Cat Allies.

Copyright Infringement Notification

If you believe that any content on the Site infringes your copyright and you want the content removed from the Site, please send a detailed message (under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the following information must be included in the message) to Alley Cat Allies’ designated agent for notice of claims of copyright infringement:

  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 copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple 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 Alley Cat Allies to locate the material.
  4. Information reasonably sufficient to permit Alley Cat Allies to contact you as the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted.
  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.
  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.

Alley Cat Allies’ Designated Agent is:

Charlene Pedrolie
cpedrolie@alleycat.org
media@alleycat.org
7920 Norfolk Avenue, Suite 600
Bethesda, MD 20814-2525
(240) 482-1980 (phone)
(240) 482-1990 (fax)

Alley Cat Allies takes copyright and other intellectual property issues seriously, and will terminate any Site users or related accounts that are connected to valid and repeat copyright infringement complaints.

If you believe that any content on the Site violates or infringes your intellectual property rights, other than related to copyright, please send a detailed email to cpedrolie@alleycat.org detailing your allegation.  Alley Cat Allies takes infringement of intellectual property rights seriously and will investigate the matter.

Product and Service Availability

While the Site offers numerous services and links to sites where Alley Cat Allies’ goods can be purchased, Alley Cat Allies does not represent nor warrant that all services and goods will always be available at all times.

Links to Third Party Sites And Other Site Interaction

The Site contains links to external sites not controlled and/or affiliated with Alley Cat Allies.  If you use these links, you will leave the Site.  Alley Cat Allies provides these links to you only as a convenience.  Alley Cat Allies is not responsible for the content at the linked sites, including, without limitation, links displayed on such sites.  You access any linked sites at your own risk.

The display of links is not meant to imply that Alley Cat Allies guarantees, approves, recommends, or endorses the linked sites or any information, content and/or products/services available on those linked sites.  The links are not meant to indicate any association with Alley Cat Allies.  Alley Cat Allies is not responsible or liable for any linked site nor does Alley Cat Allies warrant that the linked sites or any goods, services, or information on the sites are current, accurate, or error-free.  If you access the linked sites, you will be subject to the terms of use, privacy, and other policies applicable to those sites.  You visit those sites at your own risk and should consult the sites’ policies.

Alley Cat Allies may also allow interaction between the Site and other third party sites such as Twitter and other social media sites.  This may include “Like” buttons or other interactions through third party buttons or plugins on the Site that when used, may allow you to share content from the Site or other content with other persons on or through the third party sites or elsewhere.  Please consult the privacy policies of these third party sites before using them to make sure you are comfortable with the level of sharing that will take place once you interact with them.  It may be very different than how your UGC and other content is shared on the Site.  Alley Cat Allies has no control over these third party sites and you use these interaction functions at your own risk.  Alley Cat Allies is in no way liable for any harm to you as a result of using one of these interaction functions.

Other Prohibited Conduct

In connection with your access and/or use of the Site, you agree not to:

  • violate any federal, state, or local laws or regulations;
  • defame, abuse, harass, or threaten others;
  • use offensive language;
  • depict or promote cruelty to animals or humans except in a manner meant to bring awareness to issues related to cats that is consistent with the purpose of the Site;
  • upload/post anything that imposes an unreasonable or disproportionately large strain on Alley Cat Allies’ network or computer infrastructure;
  • engage in any behavior that is designed to hack into or gain unauthorized access to protected areas of the Site and/or Alley Cat Allies’ computers, servers or networks, and/or any computers or systems used by other users of the Site;
  • take any actions (e.g. upload/post anything) that could destroy, damage, or impair any portion of the Site or any computers, systems, hardware, or software used by Alley Cat Allies or other users;
  • make unauthorized attempts to modify any information stored on the Site;
  • make attempts to defeat or circumvent security features, or to utilize the Site for any other purpose other than its intended purposes;
  • discuss, incite, or promote illegal activity;
  • upload/post any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, spam emails, chain letters, pyramid schemes, or any other form of such solicitations;
  • attempt to collect or harvest personally identifiable information or use any automated technology such as a robot, spider, or scraper to access, scrape, or data mine the Site;
  • use the Site to send spam or unsolicited bulk email; and/or
  • provide false or misleading information when signing up for a Site account or otherwise upload/post any false or misleading information or content through the Site.

The previous list of prohibitions is not exclusive.  Alley Cat Allies reserves the right to terminate your access to the Site or any Site services for any reason.

Alley Cat Allies reserves the right to refuse, delete, or edit any UGC without cause and without notice for any or no reason including, but not limited to, for any action that Alley Cat Allies determines is inappropriate or disruptive to the Site or to any other user of the Site.  You agree to waive and hold harmless Alley Cat Allies from any legal claims resulting from any action (or inaction) taken (not taken) by Alley Cat Allies in this regard.

Alley Cat Allies is under no duty to, and does not represent it will, monitor and/or remove any UGC.

By accepting these Terms, you waive and hold harmless Alley Cat Allies from any claims resulting from any action taken by Alley Cat Allies during or as a result of Alley Cat Allies’ investigation and/or from any actions taken as a consequence of investigations by either Alley Cat Allies or law enforcement related to your use of the Site.

Indemnity

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Alley Cat Allies, including its officers, directors, employees, affiliates, agents, licensors, representatives, attorneys, and business partners (“Indemnified Parties”), from and against any and all claims, demands, losses, costs, damages, liabilities, judgments, awards, and expenses (including attorneys’ fees, costs of defense, and direct, indirect, punitive, special, individual, consequential, or exemplary damages) Alley Cat Allies or any of the Indemnified Parties suffer in relation to, arising from, or for the purpose of avoiding, any claim or demand from a third party that relates to your use of the Site and/or any Site goods or services, your breach of these Terms, the use of the Site by any person using your password, or any violation of an applicable law or regulation by you.  Your indemnification obligation shall survive the termination of these Terms.

Password/Username

In order to manage email subscriptions, manage contact information, and track donations and action history, you will need to create a Site account with a user name and password.

You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and user name, and agree to notify Alley Cat Allies if your password is lost, stolen, disclosed to an unauthorized party, or otherwise may have been compromised.  You are responsible for all activities that occur under your Site account.  You may only set up one Site account, and must do so in your own name.  You agree to immediately notify Alley Cat Allies at media@alleycat.org of any unauthorized use of your Site account or any other breach of security in relation to the Site known to you.  If Alley Cat Allies suspends or terminates your Site account under these Terms, you acknowledge that all information and content associated with such account will no longer be available to you.

You may cancel your Site account at any time by contacting webmaster@alleycat.org.

Disclaimer of Warranties / Limitation of Liability

Your use of the site is at your own risk.

To the extent allowed under the law, alley cat allies and/or its affiliates make no express or implied warranties, representations or endorsements whatsoever with respect to the site or any goods or services offered on or through the site. 

To the extent allowed under the law, alley cat allies and/or its affiliates expressly disclaim all warranties of any kind, (express, implied, statutory, or otherwise), including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability, security, completeness, timeliness, appropriateness, accuracy, fitness for a particular purpose, freedom from computer viruses, title, and non-infringement. 

To the extent allowed under the law, the disclaimer of warranties applies to the site, its content, and any goods or services offered on or through the site.  Alley cat allies and/or its affiliates do not warrant that the site functions or content will be uninterrupted, timely, or secure. 

Alley cat allies and/or its affiliates do not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the site.  Alley cat allies and/or its affiliates do not warrant that the site and/or content will be error-free, that any errors on the site will be corrected, or that the site/servers are free of viruses or other harmful components. 

The site and related content, including any goods, services or information provided on or through the site, are provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis and, to the extent allowed under the law, without warranties of any kind, either express or implied.

You assume the entire cost of all necessary repairs in the event you experience any loss or damage arising from the use of the site or any site goods or services.  Alley cat allies and/or its affiliates make no warranties that your use of the site will not infringe the rights of others and assumes no liability for such infringement.

Alley cat allies does not provide veterinary services, and therefore nothing on this site should be deemed advice from a licensed veterinarian. You should consult with a licensed veterinarian for any health issues related to a cat.

To the extent allowed under the law, in no event will alley cat allies or its officers, directors, employees, affiliates, agents, licensors, representatives, attorneys, and/or business partners, nor any party involved in the creation, production or transmission of the site, be liable for any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, special, exemplary, punitive, actual, or other indirect damages, including loss of revenue or income, lost data, loss of goodwill, business interruption, pain and suffering, emotional distress, or similar damages, even if alley cat allies and/or any of the aforementioned parties have been advised of the possibility of such damages, arising out of: (1) the use or inability to use the site or any site goods or services; (2) any transaction conducted through or facilitated by the site;  (3) any claim attributable to errors, omissions, or inaccuracies on the site; and/or (4) any other matter relating to the site, any good or service offered on or through the site, and/or any links on the site.

To the extent allowed under the law, in no event will the collective liability of alley cat allies or its officers, directors, employees, affiliates, agents, licensors, representatives, attorneys, and/or business partners, or any party involved in the creation, production or transmission of the site, to any party, regardless of the type of action whether in contract, tort, or otherwise, exceed the greater of $100.00 or the amount you paid to alley cat allies and/or the aforementioned parties for the applicable good or service out of which the liability arose.

If you are dissatisfied with these terms or the site, your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using the site. 

If you are dissatisfied with any good or service offered on or through the site, to the extent allowed under the law, your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using the site.

All provisions in these terms are applicable to the extent allowed under the law. 

U.S. Geographic Limitation

Alley Cat Allies operates the Site from its headquarters in the United States, and the Site is intended only for users within the United States.  If you use the Site outside the United States, you are responsible for following your applicable local laws and determining, among other things, whether your use of the Site violates any of those local laws.  By using the Site, you agree and acknowledge that information about you, including personally identifiable information, may be transmitted to, processed, and stored in the United States.

Site Privacy Policy

Your use of the Site is governed by the Site Privacy Policy located at http://www.alleycat.org/privacy.  The Site Privacy Policy is incorporated by reference into these Terms.

Miscellaneous

Alley Cat Allies is not responsible for any harm or damages of any kind that may occur to you due to any glitches, hacks, breaches or any other unauthorized access to Alley Cat Allies’ computer or network systems, including any Alley Cat Allies hardware or devices, that may or may not result in the disclosure of your personal information you provided to us.

You acknowledge that the opinions and recommendations contained on the Site are not necessarily those of Alley Cat Allies nor endorsed by Alley Cat Allies.  Any reliance on any opinions or recommendations offered on the Site is done at your risk.

Alley Cat Allies does not guarantee or promise that any opinions and/or recommendations on the Site are accurate or will be helpful to any issue you may have.

You agree that Alley Cat Allies is not liable to you or anyone else for any harm that might arise as a result of using and/or implementing in any manner any of the opinions or recommendations found on the Site.

YOU AGREE THAT any and all disputes relating to these Terms, the Site, and/or any goods or services offered on or through the Site, are governed by, and will be interpreted in accordance with, the laws of the state of Maryland, without regard to any conflict of laws provisions.

You hereby irrevocably and unconditionally consent to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the state of Maryland, USA.

YOU HEREBY IRREVOCABLY AND UNCONDITIONALLY CONSENT TO waive any objection to the venue of any such litigation in any Maryland courts.

YOU HEREBY IRREVOCABLY AND UNCONDITIONALLY AGREE not to plead or claim in any Maryland court that such litigation brought therein has been brought in an inconvenient forum.

If any part of these Terms is determined by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unenforceable, it will not impact any other provision of these Terms, all of which will remain in full force and effect.

These Terms constitute the entire agreement of the parties with respect to the Site and supersede all prior communications, promises and proposals, whether oral, written, or electronic, between you and Alley Cat Allies, with respect to the Site.

If you violate any portion of these Terms, Alley Cat Allies reserves the right, without an obligation to do so, to deny you access to the Site and/or remove any UGC you may have posted/uploaded on the Site.  If Alley Cat Allies terminates your access to the Site, Alley Cat Allies may also delete your Site account.  Alley Cat Allies has the right to terminate any password-restricted account for any reason.

Alley Cat Allies’ failure to enforce any portion of these Terms is not a waiver of such portion.

The proprietary rights, disclaimer of warranties, representations made by you, waiver and hold harmless promises by you, indemnities, and limitations of liability shall survive the termination of these Terms.

Alley Cat Allies reserves the right, without notice and reason, to take down or terminate the Site or otherwise revoke any and all access granted to you related to the Site.  You agree that Alley Cat Allies is not liable to you nor any other third party for this action.

Alley Cat Allies does not assume any liability or responsibility for your use of the Internet or the Site including, but not limited to, any change your computer or related systems may sustain as a result of accessing the Site.

You are free to text link to the Site so long as there is nothing deceptive or infringing about the link.  Alley Cat Allies may revoke this linking permission at any time and for any reason.

Certain software elements of the Site and related Site services may be subject to U.S. export laws and controls.  As such, no software may be downloaded or exported to any country or foreign citizen that is under a U.S. embargo or that would otherwise violate U.S. law or regulations.

If you need to contact Alley Cat Allies for any reason not already specified in these Terms, please use the following contact information:

webmaster@alleycat.org
7920 Norfolk Avenue,  Suite 600
Bethesda, MD 20814-2525
(240) 482-1980 (phone)
(240) 482-1990 (fax)