Privacy Policy

This website is owned and operated by or on behalf of FOUR PAWS. We recognize that visitors to our site may be concerned about the information they provide to us, and how we treat that information. This Privacy Policy addresses those concerns. This policy may be changed or updated from time to time.  By using our site, you consent to our Privacy Policy.

If you have any questions about our Privacy Policy, please contact us at:

FOUR PAWS International, Inc.
14 Beacon Street, #706
Boston, MA 02108


How do I know that my privacy will be protected if I give online?

Our online donation forms operate on a secure server. FOUR PAWS has partnered with Bernard Data Solutions to securely process your online credit card donation. This transaction will appear on your credit card statement as “FOUR PAWS”.

We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information.  All supplied sensitive/credit information is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology and then encrypted into our payment gateway provider's database only to be accessible by those authorized with special access rights to such systems. All information about your credit card will be kept entirely confidential.


Who is Bernard Data Solutions?

Bernard Data Solutions provides the technology for the giving pages on this FOUR PAWS site.


Are my donations 100% tax-deductible?

Yes. FOUR PAWS International is a 501(c)(3) organization which is qualified to receive tax-deductible donations. Although a contribution to a charitable organization is generally deductible by individuals who itemize their deductions, an individual’s right to such deduction is subject to a variety of limitations, including the obligation to obtain an acknowledgment regarding contributions of $250 or more from the charitable organization. FOUR PAWS recommends that you consult with a tax professional regarding the tax deductibility of any contribution.


Who will have access to my personal information after I’ve made a donation?

No one will have access to your personal information without your consent. From time to time, FOUR PAWS may rent or exchange the names and mailing addresses of supporters with other trusted organizations. If you do not wish to have your name shared in this manner, please contact us at  We will never rent or sell your email address to any third party.

FOUR PAWS’ website is hosted by a third party service provider and therefore any personal details you submit through the site may be processed by that third party service provider.  All third party service providers used by FOUR PAWS will process your personal information only on FOUR PAWS’ behalf and will be bound by this privacy policy and strict confidentiality conditions.


What do you use my information for?

Any of the information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways:

  • To improve our website (we continually strive to improve our website offerings based on the information and feedback we receive from you)
  • To process transactions
  • To send periodic emails and e-newsletters.

FOUR PAWS does not send unsolicited email messages. If you wish to leave our email list, click on the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of any message.


Do you use “cookies”?

Yes. Visitors should be aware that non-personal information and data may be automatically collected by the FOUR PAWS website through the use of “cookies.” “Cookies” are small text files that a website can use to recognize repeat visitors, facilitate the visitor’s ongoing access to and use of the site, and allow a site to track usage behavior and compile aggregate data that will allow content improvements. Cookies are not programs that come onto a visitor’s system and damage files. Generally, cookies work by assigning a unique number to the visitor that has no meaning outside the assigning site. If a visitor does not want information collected through the use of cookies, there is a simple procedure in most browsers that allows the visitor to deny or accept the cookie feature. FOUR PAWS uses “cookie” technology only to obtain non-personal information from its online visitors in order to improve visitors’ online experience, facilitate their visit within our site, and, with assistance from third party vendors including Google, serve ads on the Internet based on a user’s prior visits to our site. You may opt out of Google’s use of cookies by visiting the Google advertising opt-out page.


What about sites you link to?

Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include, offer or link to third party products or services on our website. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.


How can I provide ideas and feedback?

We welcome your thoughts as we continually strive to improve our site to meet donor needs. Please send email to