Terms and Conditions for Owners Using the Adopt-a-Pet.com Pet Rehoming Service
I am at least 18 years of age.
I certify that under all applicable laws and statutes, I am the legal owner or guardian of any pet I post for adoption. If I found a pet and believe this pet to be a stray with no legal owner/guardian, I have made every reasonable effort to find the pet’s owner prior to posting the pet for adoption including, but not limited to, calling any phone numbers present on a collar or tag, attempting to find an owner based on any information on a collar or tag including state or county license number, having the pet scanned for a microchip and contacting an owner based upon the results of the scan, placing flyers in my neighborhood and at my local animal shelter, and looking for flyers and classified “lost pet” ads in my neighborhood and online. I agree to follow all applicable laws governing the handling of stray animals. For example, in some cases, I may be required by law to take the pet to the nearest public shelter, where the owner may be searching for him or her. I understand that it is my responsibility to check with local animal control or other relevant governmental agency or regulatory authority for applicable laws governing stray animals in my city.
I understand that the Site and Services are a tool to help me find a new home for my pet if I am unable to continue to provide a safe home for my pet. Mars makes no warranties or guarantees that it will be successful in helping me find my pet a home, or regarding any of its services.
I agree that I am solely responsible for all communication with prospective adopters, and all decisions relating to choosing a new owner for my pet. I agree and acknowledge that any advice provided through the Site or Services is its attempt to assist me, but that Mars does not warranty such advice and Mars and its affiliates and each of its and their respective licensors, suppliers, officers, directors, investors, employees, agents, service providers, sponsors, partners, and other contractors (the “Mars Parties”) are not liable for any outcome as a result of such advice. No advice is appropriate for every situation, and I take full responsibility for all decisions and outcomes relating to rehoming my pet.
I agree to respond to all inquiries about my pet that I am listing for rehome on the Site or Services (“My Pet”). I understand that it is very frustrating for a prospective adopter to inquire about pets for adoption and never hear back, and it often causes them to give up on adoption and purchase a pet instead. I will help keep people interested in pet adoption by being responsive.
I agree that I will conduct all communication with prospective adopters in a polite and respectful manner. Any profanity, harassment, or abuse will result in My Pet listing being removed. If I receive profane, harassing, or abusive communications from a prospective adopter, I will let Mars know and Mars will make reasonable efforts to block them from communicating with me in the future through the Site or Services.
I understand that I am responsible for my own safety and for the safety of My Pet. I will use utmost care and caution when arranging meetings with strangers. I will always bring a friend and meet in a public place. I will never exchange personal information. I understand that if my intuition tells me something is off, it probably is. Regardless, I ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT MARS HAS NO CONTROL OVER ANY SUCH MEETING OR THE PERSONS THAT ATTEND SUCH MEETING AND HOLD THE MARS PARTIES HARMLESS AND RELEASE THE MARS ENTITIES FROM ALL LIABILITY WITH REGARD TO SUCH MEETINGS AND THE ACTIONS OF PROSPECTIVE ADOPTERS OF MY PET WHICH I CONNECT WITH THROUGH THE SITE OR SERVICES.
I agree that all adoption fees collected will be paid to Adopt-a-Pet.com, who will distribute 100% of the fees to the animal shelter or rescue group that referred me to the service. If I was not referred, I will choose a local shelter or rescue group to receive the funds. I agree that I will receive no part of these fees.
I agree to be truthful and accurate in the information I provide about myself and My Pet in my listing on the Site or Services and in offline activities and communication with prospective adopters. I agree to fully disclose any behavioral or health issues of My Pet, without exceptions. I understand that failure to disclose known issues may result in my termination from the Site and Services, the removal of my listing, and other legal consequences.
I AGREE THAT THE MARS PARTIES SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIMS, ACTIONS, INJURY, LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THIRD PARTY CLAIMS; DIRECT, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR COMPENSATORY DAMAGES; LOSS OF A PET, INJURY TO MYSELF OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR PET, OR LOSS OF LIFE, RESULTING FROM OR RELATING TO MY USE OF THE SITE OR SERVICES REHOMING SERVICES.
My interactions with organizations or individuals found on or through the Site or Services are solely between me and such organizations or individuals. I agree to make whatever investigation I feel necessary or appropriate before proceeding with any interaction with any of these third parties. I agree that the Mars Parties are not responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any kind or nature incurred as the result of any of these dealings. If there is a dispute between users of the Site or Services, or between users and any third party, I understand and agree that the Mars Parties are under no obligation to become involved. In the event that I have a dispute with any other user of the Site or Services, I hereby release the Mars Parties 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 services.
I agree that My Pet is current on all legally required vaccines prior to adoption. If My Pet is not current on vaccines, I will inform Mars in advance through the Site or Services as it may be able to help connect me to low-cost vaccination resources.
I hereby certify that My Pet has not been classified as dangerous or vicious by any law-enforcement agency or legal entity, or in my own estimation. I further certify that My Pet has not caused the death of any human being or animal and that My Pet has not bitten anyone in the ten days prior to use of the Site or Services rehoming service.
By posting my pet, I agree to complete the full adoption process through the Site and Services, unless the Site or Services had no part in facilitating the adoption. If I find an adopter by another means, I may still choose to use the Site or Services and tools to complete the adoption, and I understand that Mars encourages me to do so. I understand that adoption fees support the work of animal shelters and rescue groups in my area, and the resources Mars provides for adopters will help make the adoption a permanent success.
I agree to furnish any and all records to the adopter prior to adoption, including medical, vaccine, proof of spay/neuter, and microchip paperwork, if I have access to that paperwork.
If I was referred by an Animal Welfare Organization, I agree to allow my contact information to be shared with the organization for the sole purpose of supporting the adoption process.
I agree that I have read and agree to all terms and conditions above.