Privacy Policy

The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA) is an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States (The HSUS) and is committed to your right to privacy and to keeping your personal information private. You can visit The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association web site without telling us who you are or revealing any identifying information about yourself. However, because our web site includes areas in which visitors can provide personally identifying information, we have developed this Privacy Policy to inform you of our policies and practices regarding information we collect about you.

This Privacy Policy governs the URL and certain electronic communications sent out by HSVMA. This web site is owned and operated by the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association for the benefit of its members and other visitors interested in a more humane veterinary profession. Our headquarters is located at 1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037. HSVMA reserves the right to modify or amend this Privacy Policy at any time and for any reason. Any changes to this Privacy Policy will be preceded by a notice posted to this Privacy Policy at least ten (10) days prior to the effective date of such change.

How We Collect Information About You

Information You Voluntarily Provide

HSVMA collects and maintains certain personal information about you when you send us an e-mail or complete any of our online forms, such as when you request information from us, request to become a member, make a donation, subscribe to our online newsletter, or forward a web page or electronic newsletter. Such information may include your name, mailing address, and e-mail address; it may also include the e-mail addresses of those to whom you forward HSVMA electronic content, and any other information collected in the forms. You may be asked to provide credit card information to become a member of HSVMA or contribute to HSVMA.

Other Information

HSVMA also collects certain other information that cannot identify you personally when you visit our web site. This information includes your IP address and your domain name. HSVMA logs these IP addresses and domain names, and aggregates them for system administration and to monitor the use of our site. 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 visitors, and helps us to improve the quality of our content.

HSVMA uses cookies in order to make the results available for your on-site searches and to capture information about page visits. A cookie is a small file that is sent out by a web site, accepted by the user's browser, and placed on the user's hard drive. This information is anonymous and HSVMA uses this information only internally to deliver the most effective content to our visitors. Information from the cookies is used to gauge page popularity, analyze traffic patterns on our site and guide development of other improvements to our site. HSVMA does not require that you accept cookies, however, some functionality on our web site may be disabled if you decline to accept cookies. You can always set your browser to warn of cookies being placed, and then chose which cookies you want to accept. HSVMA does not match any information gathered by cookies with personal information you may have voluntarily submitted to HSVMA. HSVMA never gives away information about our users. If you choose to e-mail us and provide personally identifiable information about yourself, HSVMA will use this information only to respond to your inquiry. HSVMA will not sell, rent, or otherwise disclose that information to third parties unless such disclosure is necessary for the purposes set forth in this policy, by law, or a policy or notice contained or associated with a specific HSVMA product or service.

Ways Information About You Is Used

We may use the information you voluntarily provided to contact you regarding animal-related issues we feel you may be interested in, to keep you updated regarding HSVMA's programs, and to extend an invitation to you to support our programs. We may also send such information to the people whose e-mail addresses you provide when forwarding HSVMA electronic content. When we do so, our sole intent is to enlarge our family of informed animal advocates and organizational supporters. Every recipient of our electronic communications can quickly and easily "opt out" of future such communications by following the instructions on any electronic communication we send. If you choose, you may opt out of all marketing-related communication from the HSVMA. If you prefer not to receive marketing-related mailings or emails, U.S. and Canadian individuals may call 202-452-1100. All individuals may write us, at HSVMA, 1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037, or e-mail us at [email protected].

HSVMA also uses analytics data and the DoubleClick cookie to serve ads based on a user's prior visits to our website. Site visitors may opt out of the DoubleClick cookie by visiting the Google advertising opt-out page or they may opt out of Google Analytics by visiting the Google Analytics opt-out page. Google has additional information available about their Remarketing Privacy Guidelines, Policies, and Restrictions.


HSVMA uses generally accepted, industry-standard security systems, software, and encryption technologies to protect against unauthorized access to HSVMA servers, equipment, and other components of our online presence. This includes using industry-standard security systems to protect credit card processing information.

Contacting HSVMA

If you would like to contact HSVMA about correcting information we might have collected, or if you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please e-mail us at [email protected] or write to us at HSVMA, 1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037.