(Last modified and effective as of March 7, 2018)
The Companion Chronicles story project is an undertaking by the San Francisco SPCA (SF SPCA) to provide animal lovers with the opportunity to record and share their stories about the animals that have transformed them by bringing merriment, miracles, magic and meaning to their lives. Modeled—in spirit and in scope—after other oral history projects, the purpose of Companion Chronicles is to capture the power of the human-animal bond through pictures and people’s candid, unscripted written, audio and video stories about the animals who have inspired them. The collected stories represent the ideas, thoughts and views of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SF SPCA.
2.0 Additional Terms – UGC
3.0 Additional Terms – Posting
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2.0 ADDITIONAL TERMS – USER GENERATED CONTENT (UGC)
YOU GIVE US SOME RIGHTS, BUT UGC IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY
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This Website may provide you with an opportunity to submit, provide, furnish, transmit, make available, exchange, communicate, share and/or display Content to us and/or to other users (referred to as a “Post” or “Posting”). Sometimes we provide specific areas on this Website where you can Post information about yourself and others, communicate or upload Content such as photographs or audio-visual works. Posting includes not just Content in the form of files or material you upload to this Website, but also any messages or information you may send in the form of emails, text, SMS, and instant messages (IM), comments, advice, opinions and ideas, as well as information available as a result of your participation in chat rooms, forums and similar areas of this Website where you may be exchanging information and communicating with others. You should understand we intend the terms “Post” and “Posting” and any variations of these words to be construed as broadly as possible and when we use the term “Content” it includes all of these things and anything else you might Post.
WE CAN USE YOUR POSTINGS
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WE AREN’T RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR POSTINGS
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NOTICE AND PROCEDURE FOR MAKING CLAIMS OF COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT
Pursuant to Title 17, United States Code, Section 512(c)(2), all notifications of claimed copyright infringement should be sent ONLY to our Designated Agent.
Written notification must be submitted to the following Designated Agent in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act:
San Francisco SPCA
201 Alabama Street
San Francisco, CA 94103-4217
To expedite the adoption process, please complete the cat or dog adoption form and bring a printed copy with you to the SF SPCA Adoption Center (Hours & Location). This helps us better understand what sort of pet you’re looking for so we can guide you every step of the way! Please bring a valid photo ID and verification that you are allowed to have a pet where you currently live.
First, we’ll meet with you to find out more about you and your pet preferences and answer your questions. Our goal is to help you find the pet that best fits your lifestyle and living situation so we want to make sure you have a realistic understanding of the time and resources necessary to provide training, medical treatment, and proper care for your new pet. This can take time so please allow at least one hour for the adoption process.
Once we have a good understanding of your living situation and the type of pet you’re interested in, we’ll make introductions and let you spend some quality time getting to know each other to see if there’s a love connection. It’s important that all household members take part in this important decision so please make sure everyone is present (including any resident dogs if you’re considering adding a new pooch to your pack).
Once love happens, we’ll complete the paperwork, review all the SF SPCA adoption benefits, provide information on any known medical or behavioral issues, and share tips to make the transition a success for both you and your new pet.
We consider you and your new furry friend a part of the SF SPCA family so please reach out with questions ― and be sure to share your adoption stories and pet photos at sfspca.org/stories
Don’t forget to schedule your first free health exam at the SF SPCA Veterinary Hospital within three days of adopting.