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Terms and Conditions for Owners Using the AdoptAPet.com Pet Rehoming Service

By placing a pet for adoption on AdoptAPet.com (the “Site”) or any related applications or other services (the “Services”) operated by Mars, Incorporated (“Mars”), you, the individual rehoming a pet (“you” or “your”) agree to the AdoptAPet.com Terms of Service, Mars Terms of Use, and Privacy Policy as well as the following terms (“Rehome Terms”) that constitutes a legally binding agreement between Mars and you.

You represent and warrant that you are at least 18 years of age and that you have the full authority to enter into this agreement.

You certify that under all applicable laws and statutes, you are the legal owner or guardian of any pet you post for adoption and that you have the authority to transfer ownership to third parties on the site. If you found a pet and believe this pet to be a stray with no legal owner/guardian, you 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 your neighborhood and at your local animal shelter, and looking for flyers and classified “lost pet” ads in your neighborhood and online. You agree to follow all applicable laws governing the handling of stray animals. For example, in some cases, you may be required by law to take the pet to the nearest public shelter, where the owner may be searching for him or her. You understand that it is your responsibility to check with local animal control or other relevant governmental agency or regulatory authority for applicable laws governing stray animals in your city. Mars makes no responsibility for the outcome of any adoption or rehoming, including if you change your mind about your decision to rehome or adopt a pet. You must address any concerns about a re-homed pet directly with the user with whom you transacted.  You understand that the Site and Services are a tool to help you find a new home for your pet. If you are unable to continue to provide a safe home for your pet, Mars makes no warranties or guarantees that it will be successful in helping you find your pet a home, or regarding any of its Services.

You agree that you are solely responsible for all communication with prospective adopters, and all decisions relating to choosing a new owner for your pet. You agree and acknowledge that any advice provided through the Site or Services is its attempt to assist you, 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 you take full responsibility for all decisions and outcomes relating to rehoming your pet.

You agree to respond to all inquiries about your pet that you are listing for rehome on the Site or Services (“Your Pet”). You 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. You will help keep people interested in pet adoption by being responsive.

You agree that you will conduct all communication with prospective adopters in a polite and respectful manner. Any profanity, harassment, or abuse will result in Your Pet listing being removed. If you receive profane, harassing, or abusive communications from a prospective adopter, you will let Mars know and Mars will make reasonable efforts to block them from communicating with you in the future through the Site or Services.

You understand that you are responsible for your own safety and for the safety of Your Pet. You will use utmost care and caution when arranging meetings with strangers. You will always bring a friend and meet in a public place. You will never exchange personal information. You understand that if your intuition tells you something is off, it probably is. Regardless, YOU 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 YOUR PET WHICH YOU CONNECT WITH THROUGH THE SITE OR SERVICES.

You agree that all adoption fees collected will be paid to AdoptAPet.com. You expressly agree that you will not seek to charge or seek payment for any adopter.

You agree to be truthful and accurate in the information you provide about yourself and Your Pet in your listing on the Site or Services and in offline activities and communication with prospective adopters. You agree to fully disclose any behavioral or health issues of Your Pet, without exceptions. You understand that failure to disclose known issues may result in your termination from the Site and Services, the removal of your listing, and other legal consequences.


Your interactions with organizations or individuals found on or through the Site or Services are solely between you and such organizations or individuals. You agree to make whatever investigation you feel necessary or appropriate before proceeding with any interaction with any of these third parties. You 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, you understand and agree that the Mars Parties are under no obligation to become involved. In the event that you have a dispute with any other user of the Site or Services, you 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 AdoptAPet.com services.

You agree that Your Pet is current on all legally required vaccines prior to adoption. If Your Pet is not current on vaccines, you will inform Mars in advance through the Site or Services as it may be able to help connect you to low-cost vaccination resources.

You hereby certify that Your Pet has not been classified as dangerous or vicious by any law-enforcement agency or legal entity, or in your own estimation. You further certify that Your Pet has not caused the death of any human being or animal and that Your Pet has not bitten anyone prior to the use of the Site or Services rehoming service.

By posting Your Pet, you 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 you find an adopter by another means, you may still choose to use the Site or Services and tools to complete the adoption, and you understand that Mars encourages you to do so.

You agree to furnish any and all records to the adopter prior to adoption, including medical, vaccine, proof of spay/neuter, and microchip paperwork, if you have access to that paperwork.

If you were referred by an Animal Welfare Organization, you agree to allow your contact information to be shared with the organization for the sole purpose of supporting the adoption process.

You agree that you have read and agree to all terms and conditions above.