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Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy is specific to World Animal Protection in the US. We are committed to your right to privacy and to keeping your personal information private. You can visit World Animal Protection US website without telling us who you are or revealing any identifying information about yourself. However, because our website includes areas in which visitors can provide personally identifying information, we created this Privacy Statement to demonstrate respect for your privacy preferences and to disclose our information collection and sharing practices. Regardless of whether you provide us with your personal information via our website or in another manner (e.g. telephone, regular mail or face-to-face), we strive to honor your privacy preferences.

This Privacy Policy governs the website and associated microsites as well as email communications sent out by World Animal Protection. We reserve the right to modify or amend this Privacy Policy at any time and for any reason.


  1. abide by the practices described in this Privacy Statement, as may be amended from time to time
  2. the transfer, processing and maintenance of your personal and sensitive information in the United States of America.

The Personal Information We Collect:

Depending on the type of communication or transaction, the personal information we collect may include, but is not limited to, your name, postal address, zip code, telephone numbers, organization name, email address, credit card, bank information, or billing information.

Where and When We Collect Personal Information:

You will be asked to provide your personal information when making donations, requesting communications, registering for a fundraiser or event, applying for a job with World Animal Protection, and/or in connection with other World Animal Protection business (whether it is via the web site, email, direct mail or telephone communications).

Information Security:

World Animal Protection has a layered security in our systems and only designated employees have access to hard copies of your personal information. All online transactions are done on a secure server. This means that information entered on the transaction page is encrypted using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) before transmission. On secure pages, a "closed" lock symbol is displayed in the bottom part of your browser screen and the website address in the address bar at the top of the browser screen starts with an "https" instead of an "http". Donation pages are verified by Verisign and transactions are processed using a Verisign merchant account.

What other information do we collect?

Our website collects certain other information that cannot identify you personally when you visit the site. This information includes your IP address and your domain name.  Our site logs these IP addresses and domain names, and aggregates them for system administration and to monitor the use of our website. We use the aggregated information to measure the number of visits to our site, the average time spent on our site, the number of pages viewed, and various other site statistics. This monitoring helps us to provide a more useful and engaging online experience to our website visitors, and helps us to improve the quality of our content.

World Animal Protection May Share Your Personal Information:

Personal information will be shared internally at World Animal Protection to complete your donations or purchasing transactions, to contact you about our on-going work, discuss employment opportunities, and ways that you can further support our efforts to help suffering animals. Your personal information will also be used to provide you access to the various sections of our website that have been personalized for your needs. World Animal Protection may share, rent, or exchange donor names, email address, and postal address with third parties. Except in the limited circumstances outlined below, World Animal Protection will never intentionally share youphone numbers or financial information.


World Animal Protection reserves the right to share your personal information in certain situations:

  1. Credit Card Transactions, Electronic Fund Transfers, Payments by Check or Money Order, and Online Financial Transactions. World Animal Protection hires third parties to provide credit card, bank, payment, and information processing services and order fulfillment services. If you choose to make an application for employment, make a donation online, by phone, through the mail, or by other means we will share your personal information with our processing service providers. We make an effort to require all third party service-providers to hold personal information in strict confidence. While we believe these other companies are upstanding and will treat your personal information responsibly, we do not own or control them and cannot guarantee your privacy.
  2. Necessity. If we have reason to believe that there has been some inappropriate interference with or use of our website, communications, charitable services, or personal or real property (for example, see the Terms of Use), or if we have reason to believe that one of the World Animal Protection website users, donors, employees, or other related parties may have been injured or may have harmed some other party, we will disclose, without notice to you, personal information as we deem appropriate or if compelled by a legal or regulatory authority.
  3. Merger, Acquisition, or other Corporate Restructure. We also may transfer your personal information to a third party successor in interest if we are involved in an acquisition, merger, or other transfer of control or sale of assets.
  4. Requesting Communications. We share information provided by our website visitors with third parties that provide services on our behalf – for example, to send communications. These service providers are not authorized by us to use or disclose the information except as necessary to perform services on our behalf or to comply with legal requirements.

You May Always Change Your Privacy Preferences By Contacting Us:

If you would like to change your privacy preferences, please email us at, call us on 646.783.2200 or toll-free 800.883.9772, or write to us at World Animal Protection, 535 Eighth Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10018.

Cookies and Pixels:

A "cookie" is a small piece of data that is sent to your browser from World Animal Protection's web server and is stored on your computer's hard drive. Cookies are used to collect non-identifying information about the user, such as Web surfing behavior or user preferences for a specific website. World Animal Protection uses two different types of cookies – session-based and persistent cookies. Session-based cookies expire at the end of a browser session so once you close your browser the cookie simply terminates. Persistent cookies remain on your computer until you remove them. Persistent cookies are used to provide internal Website analytics. You can manually delete all cookies including persistent ones within your browser privacy settings. You can also set your browser to not accept cookies although this may prevent you from using some of the services offered by World Animal Protection's website. In addition, World Animal Protection uses "pixels," or transparent GIF files, to help manage online advertising. These pixels do not collect identifying information. The mechanisms identified here are used to improve the user experience on World Animal Protection’s website, and are employed irrespective of "Do Not Track" requests.

Website Links:

In order to provide certain services and goods at our website, we contract with other companies and individuals. These additional services and goods may include "links" to other websites from our website. World Animal Protection's privacy practices may not be applicable at any third-party sites. Anytime you leave the World Animal Protection website, we have no control regarding what information may be collected about you, nor do we control what third-parties might do with the information. For example, when you click on a merchant's name at the World Animal Protection site, you will be connected with the third-party merchant's website (even if the World Animal Protection name/logo is on the screen). This merchant website should have its own privacy statement applying to transactions at their website. It is important that you review any privacy policies on third-party sites carefully, BEFORE you use any services or programs offered.

Email Communications:

We may use the information you voluntarily have provided to contact you regarding animal-related issues we feel you may be interested in, to keep you updated regarding World Animal Protection’s programs, and to extend an invitation to you to support our programs. Every recipient of our electronic communications can quickly and easily "opt out" of future such communications by following the instructions in any email communication we send.

Changes to Privacy Practices:

From time to time, World Animal Protection may revise its privacy practices to address changing technology, security measures, and website functionality. We strive to provide you with timely notice of these changes. Please contact us if you have any questions about changes to our practices.

Contacting World Animal Protection About Privacy Preferences:

If you wish to change your privacy preferences or have any questions please contact us.

Please email us, call us on 646.783.2200 or toll-free 800.883.9772, or write to us at World Animal Protection, 535 Eighth Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10018.