What Information is Collected
Types of personal information we collect include:
- Your name
- Your mailing address
- Your e-mail address
- Your phone (or mobile) number
- Your credit/debit card number
- Your donation information
- Your location
- Your pet’s information (name, breed, date of birth, gender, photographs, etc.)
- Your employment application and resume, if you apply for a job with us
If you choose not to provide personal information, we may not be able to provide you with requested services or information.
Automated Information Collection
We may connect information collected automatically with information we may already have about you. If we are able to identify you as a PetSmart Charities supporter, we may, for example, link your activity on our website to your activity in one of our Adoptions Centers. This allows us to provide you with a personalized experience regardless of how you interact with us.
PetSmart Charities Automated Information Collection
In order to provide the best online experience possible, we also use these technologies for reporting and analysis purposes, such as how you are using our website, performance of our outreach efforts, and your response to those outreach efforts.
Please refer to the “What Choices you Have” section of this Policy for information on how you may manage your preferences with respect to automated information collection.
Third-Party Automated Information Collection
In certain instances, we allow third-party companies to collect certain information when you visit our website and to use that information to serve ads for us or for other companies when you visit our website or other websites or apps. These companies use information collected automatically during your visits to this and other websites in order to customize your shopping experience and to provide advertisements about products and services likely to be of greater interest to you. These parties typically use a cookie or a third-party web beacons, and similar technologies to collect this information. Some browsers have a 'do not track' feature that lets you tell websites that you do not want to have your online activities tracked. Neither we nor our third-party providers have a systematic method for ensuring that browser 'Do Not Track' requests are consistently honored. However, you may learn more about online advertising and opt out of the use of your web browsing activity to serve targeted ads by companies that participate in the Digital Advertising Alliance of Canada by visiting https://youradchoices.ca/
User Experience Information
In order to improve your online experience, help with fraud identification, and to assist our representatives in resolving issues you may experience in completing online donations or other online activities on our site, we use tools to monitor certain user experience information; including login information, IP address, data regarding pages visited and specific actions taken on pages visited (e.g., information entered during donation process), and browser information.
Social Media Widgets
PetsmartCharities.org includes social media features, such as the Facebook interactive buttons, Google Plus, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter widgets. These features may collect information about your IP address and which page you’re visiting on our site, and they may set a cookie to make sure the feature functions properly. Social media features and widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our site. Your interactions with those features are governed by the privacy policies of the companies that provide them.
Information from Other Sources
We may collect data that’s publicly available, when permitted by law. For example, information you submit in a public forum (e.g., a blog, chat room, or social media) can be read, collected, or used by us and others, and could be used to personalize your experience. You are responsible for the information you choose to submit in these instances.
We also may obtain information provided by third parties, such as when permitted by law. For instance, we may obtain information from organizations that can enhance our existing supporter information to improve the accuracy and add to the information we have about our supporters (for example, adding address information). This improves our ability to contact you and increases the relevance of our outreach efforts by providing better information that may interest you.
Certain mobile devices contain geo-location tracking capability. We may use such capability or other geo-location tracking technology for outreach and analytical purposes. You can manage geo-location tracking through your device’s settings.
How Your Information is Used
Examples of how we may use the information we collect include (but are not limited to):
Donations and Services Fulfillment
- Process donations or requests for information about our services on our website, or to otherwise serve you
- Connect within PetSmart Charities regarding our mission via personnel contact, e-mail, or on social media platforms
- Administer sweepstakes and contests
- Connect you with third parties that perform certain services in connection with PetSmart Charities (such as animal rescue or spay/neuter organizations)
Our Outreach Purposes
Subject to your right to opt-out detailed in the “What Choices You Have” section, we use your personal information as follows:
- Deliver newsletters, e-mails, and social media notifications
- Provide interactive features of the website such as outreach communications and other information regarding our services and activities
- Administer outreach surveys and focus groups
- Improve the effectiveness of our website, mobile experience, and outreach efforts
- Conduct research and analysis
- Determine your qualifications for a position at PetSmart Charities, when you apply for a position with us
Photographs and Information about Your Pet
- Photographs of your pet may be taken and used for our internal recordkeeping purposes, to share with you or your designated family members/agents via email or to facilitate our outreach efforts (for example, in social media)
- We may maintain information about your pet for our internal recordkeeping purposes or to facilitate our outreach efforts
- Your pet’s name may also be uploaded to our database and associated with your name
- Prevent fraudulent activity
- Monitor against theft
- Protect our visitors and supporters, and our charitable operations and assets
- Investigate claims, incidents or inquiries regarding supporters, associates, vendors, pets and pet adopters
- When applicable for regulatory purposes (such as annual CRA and other tax-related filings)
- Assist law enforcement, animal control, health officials and other government entities to respond to legal, regulatory, health and similar inquiries
How Your Information is Shared
PetSmart Charities and Associated Organizations
We share the information we collect within PetSmart Charities. We also share information with organizations that are closely associated with PetSmart Charities, such as PetSmart, Inc., PetSmart Charities U.S. and PETM Canada Corporation (“Associate Organizations”). PetSmart Charities and these entities may use this information to contact you about information and charitable opportunities that may be of interest to you or for other outreach purposes. You may opt-out from PetSmart Charities sharing your personal information to third parties for outreach purposes, as detailed in the “What Choices You Have” section of this policy.
We may share the information we collect with organizations that provide internal operations and administrative support services to us (such as printers, e-mail marketers, mobile marketers, analytics providers, web hosting providers, call center service providers, sweepstakes vendors, payment processors, or data enhancement providers) (“Service Providers”) or help us with our outreach efforts. These organizations may need information about you in order to perform their functions. If we share your personal information with these organizations, it is on a confidential basis and the Service Providers are not authorized to use the personal information we share with them for any purpose other than providing services for PetSmart Charities.
We may disclose information we collect when we believe disclosure is appropriate to comply with the law; to enforce or apply applicable terms and conditions and other agreements; or to protect the rights, property or safety of our organization, our supporters, pets in the care of organizations that we work with, the public or others. We also share your information when applicable for regulatory purposes (such as annual CRA and other tax-related filings).
Elsewhere at Your Direction
At your direction or request, we may share your information.
Sharing with Other Organizations (for their outreach purposes)
We may communicate to you information from other organizations. In such cases, we do not provide your personal information to them and they will not know your identity unless you choose to transact with them, in which case their privacy policies will govern your relationship. With your consent, we may share your personal information with other organizations that are not part of PetSmart Charities. These organizations may use the information we share to provide special opportunities to you.
Sharing Aggregate Information with Third Parties
We may share aggregated or de-identified information (information that does not directly identify an individual) with third parties for any lawful purpose.
If some or all of our assets are sold or transferred, we may transfer the corresponding information regarding our supporters, in compliance with applicable laws. We also may retain a copy of that supporter information.
What Choices You Have
You may “opt out” of certain PetSmart Charities outreach communications. Most of our communications are sent by email and direct mail, though you may also opt out of other types of communications. You may also access or change your personal information or ask us to do so.
To opt-out yourself:
- Follow opt-out “unsubscribe” instructions in outreach e-mails we send to you.
- Log on to PetSmartCharities.org to access and change your profile information and preferences if you have an online account with us.
- Set the Help function of your browser to not receive cookies. Please note this may make it difficult or impossible to take certain actions on PetSmartCharities.org.
- Contact us as described in Questions or Concerns below. Please include your full name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Also, tell us what information you would like to access, change or add to our “opt out” list. This will help us process your request.
If you “opt out” of PetSmart Charities’ communications, you may continue to receive communications from PetSmart Charities and its Service Providers such as donation confirmations, communications directly related to a pet adopted through our Adoption Centers, and other specific administrative information related to your relationship with PetSmart Charities. Your information will remain in our database marked as inactive so that you no longer receive outreach materials from us.
If you need our help:
- Call us at 1-800-423-7387 and tell them which information you would like to access or which types of contacts you want to opt out of. Please note you may need to speak with a manager.
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and tell them which information you would like to access or which types of contacts you would like to opt out of.
PetSmart Charities® of Canada
Attn: Privacy Officer
19601 N. 27th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85027
- When mailing or e-mailing us, please include your full name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Also tell us what information you would like to access, change or add to our “opt-out” list. This will help us process your request.
More Details on How to Opt-Out
If you do not wish to receive outreach mail directly from us, you may opt out by logging on to PetSmartCharities.org to access and change your profile information and preferences if you have an online account with us, or by calling 1-800-423-PETS (7387) as described above.
If you do not wish to receive outreach telephone calls from us, you may opt out by logging on to PetSmartCharities.org to access and change your profile information and preferences if you have an online account with us, or by calling 1-800-423-PETS (7387) as described above. This opt out does not apply to operational phone calls including, for example, confirmation of pet location.
If you do not wish to receive outreach e-mails from us, you may opt out by logging on to PetSmartCharities.org to access and change your profile information and preferences if you have an online account with us, or by calling 1-800-423-PETS (7387) as described above. You may still receive select e-mails from us if you have requested or otherwise accepted them through one of our Service Providers, but you may discontinue these e-mails by canceling your subscription to those services.
You also have the ability to opt out of outreach e-mails on the “unsubscribe” link included in each outreach e-mails or by updating your profile via the “Update Profile” link at the bottom of our outreach e-mails.
Sharing with Other Organizations (for their outreach purposes)
If you do not wish us to share the personal information we have collected with other unaffiliated organizations for their outreach purposes, you may opt out by logging on to PetSmartCharities.org to access and change your profile information and preferences if you have an online account with us, or by calling 1-800-423-PETS (7387) as described above.
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Certain organizations provide services that analyze information regarding visits to PetSmartCharities.org. They use technology such as cookies and web beacons to collect this information. The Help function of your browser should contain instructions to set your computer to accept all cookies, to notify you when a cookie is issued, or to not receive cookies at any time. If you set your computer to not receive cookies at any time, certain personalized services may not be provided to you.
You may manage your preferences with respect to geo-location tracking through your device’s settings.
How to Access and Update Your Personal Information
In order to keep your personal information accurate and complete, you may access or update some of it in the following ways:
If you have created a PetSmartCharities.org account, you may log in and update your personal information. You may also call 1-800-423-7387 and ask for the information you are trying to access or change. Please note that you may need to ask for a manager.
How Your Personal Information is Protected
We maintain administrative, technical and physical safeguards to protect your personal information. When we collect or transmit sensitive information such as a credit or debit card number, we use encryption, access controls, physical security, and other industry standard methods to protect that information. However, no e-commerce solution, website, database or system is completely secure or “hacker proof.” You are also responsible for taking reasonable steps to protect your personal information against unauthorized disclosure or misuse.
"Phishing" is a scam designed to steal your personal information. If you receive an e-mail that looks like it is from us asking you for your personal information, do not respond. We will never request your password, user name, credit card information or other personal information through e-mail.
Children’s Personal Information
PetSmart Charities recognizes the particular importance of protecting privacy where children are involved. We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information online from children under the age of 13.
International Transfer and Storage of Information
You acknowledge and agree that your personal information may be transmitted, transferred, processed, and/or stored in countries outside of Canada, including in the United States, and therefore may be available to government authorities under lawful orders and laws applicable in such countries. PetSmart Charities will use reasonable means to ensure that your information is protected, but cannot guarantee that the laws of any foreign jurisdiction will accord the same degree of protection as the laws of Canada. By submitting your personal information to us, you consent to the transmission, transfer, processing and/or storage of your personal information outside of Canada.
Questions or Concerns
If you have general questions or concerns about how we use your personal information, please contact us at:
- E-mail: Info@petsmartcharities.org
PetSmart Charities, Inc.
Attn: Privacy Officer
19601 North 27th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85027
- Phone: Toll-free: 1-800-423-7387 (U.S. Supporters) or (Toll) 1-321-309-9065 (Supporters Outside of the U.S.) You may need to ask for a manager.