Animal's Favorite Animal Shelter

OFFICIAL RULES

America's Favorite Animal Shelter (2011)

NO PURCHASE, DONATION OR FEE NECESSARY TO PARTICIPATE. A PURCHASE, DONATION OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE ANY CHANCE OF WINNING.

OFFICIAL RULES

The following terms and conditions ("Terms") apply to the America's Favorite Animal Shelter (2011) (the "Contest") sponsored by Care2.com, Inc ("Care2" or "Sponsor") via http://www.care2.com/animalsheltercontest (the "Care2 Website").

  1. Eligibility:

    INDIVIDUAL PARTICIPANTS: The Contest is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding the province of Quebec) who are 18 years of age or older as of the date of registration for participation in the Contest ("Participants"). The Contest is not offered and is void in the province of Quebec, Canada.

    SHELTERS: Only the shelter (each a "shelter" and collectively, "Shelters") listed in the Care2 Contest database (as supplied by Adopt-a-Pet), are eligible as potential contest Award winners.

    EMPLOYEES AND AGENTS OF THE SPONSOR AND PRIZE SUPPLIERS, AND THEIR IMMEDIATE FAMILIES ARE INELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONTEST.

    By participating in the Contest, all Participants agree to be bound by these Terms, the Terms of Website Use and Privacy Policy posted at www.Care2.com, and any other rules specified for the Contest on the Care2 Website. All interpretations and decisions arising from or related to these Terms or the Contest shall be made by Care2 in its sole and absolute discretion. All decisions of Care2 are final and binding. The Contest is subject to all applicable U.S. federal, state and local laws and regulations and. Void where prohibited or restricted.

  2. Contest Period.

    The Contest begins at 12:00 AM (Pacific U.S. Time Zone) on May 16, 2011, and ends 11:59 PM (Pacific U.S. Time Zone) on July 10, 2011 (the "Contest Period").

  3. Register Online to Enter and Vote:

    In order to participate as a voter in the Contest, you must first register during the Contest Period as a Participant through the Care2 Website utilizing the technology and online tools available from Care2. To vote for a Shelter of the Participant's individual choice, Participants must follow the online instructions to search for a shelter listed in the Care2 Contest database and submit all required information completely and accurately. Participants must fill out an online form to request an official electronic ballot to be sent to a valid personal email address. Participants must complete and submit the official ballot electronically in accordance with all Contest instructions, rules and procedures to cast a vote. Participants must have a valid personal email address to participate and may only register once. Only one ballot and one vote per Participant. Only votes made online by eligible Participants during the Contest Period will be counted. No group registration, group votes or mail-in votes are permitted and are void. No software-generated, robotic, programmed, script, macro or other automated online or text message entries are permitted and are void.

  4. Awards:

    There are four award categories totaling $30,000 in value:

    1. One (1) "Grand Award": $15,000 cash will be awarded to the Shelter who receives the most eligible votes from Participants during the Contest Period;
    2. Two (2) "Participation Awards" totaling $10,000 will be awarded, as follows:
      1. $7,000 cash will be awarded to the Shelter who receives the second highest number eligible votes from Participants during the Contest Period;
      2. $3,000 cash cash will be awarded to the Shelter who receives the third (3rd) highest number of eligible votes from Participants during the Contest Period.
    3. Eight (8) "Weekly Awards" totaling $4,000 will be awarded, as follows: For each of the below stated eight Weekly Periods completed during the Contest Period, one (1) Shelter will be selected by random drawing from among all Shelters who receive at least twenty-five (25) eligible votes during the applicable weekly period, to receive an award of $500 cash:

      Week 1: Monday May 16, 2011 12:00 AM to Sunday May 22, 2011 11:59 PM

      Week 2: Monday May 23, 2011 12:00 AM to Sunday May 29, 2011 11:59 PM

      Week 3: Monday May 30, 2011 12:00 AM to Sunday June 5, 2011 11:59 PM

      Week 4: Monday June 6, 2011 12:00 AM to Sunday June 12, 2011 11:59 PM

      Week 5: Monday June 13, 2011 12:00 AM to Sunday June 19, 2011 11:59 PM

      Week 6: Monday June 20, 2011 12:00 AM to Sunday June 26, 2011 11:59 PM

      Week 7: Monday June 27, 2011 12:00 AM to Sunday July 3, 2011 11:59 PM

      Week 8: Monday July 4, 2011 12:00 AM to Sunday July 10, 2011 11:59 PM

      (Each drawing to be held the week after the applicable Weekly Period as soon as commercially practical; and, for purposes of this Contest, all times are stated in Pacific U.S. Time Zone); and

    4. Twenty (20) "Recruiters Awards" comprising 20 gift certificates worth $50 each will be awarded, as follows: The top twenty (20) Participants who recruit the most Participants to vote for a qualified Shelter during the Contest Period will each qualify to receive one (1) gift certificate.

      The Grand Award, Participation Awards, Weekly Awards and Recruiters Awards shall collectively be referred to herein as the "Awards" unless otherwise indicated.

      Only one Shelter is eligible to receive a Grand Award or a Participation Award.

      No Shelter is eligible to receive more than one (1) "Weekly Award" even if having met the criteria for receiving more than one Weekly Award. Each Shelter that is awarded a Weekly Award is also eligible to win the "Grand Award" or a "Participant Award."

      In the event of a tie for any Award (in which more than one winner is eligible to receive), the Award winner shall be decided by a tie breaker, as follows: the winner shall be the Shelter whose last vote was first received by Care2.

      Chances of Winning An Award:

      The chance of an eligible Shelter receiving the Grand Award or a Participation Award or a Weekly Award depends on the number of eligible votes cast for the Shelter during the respective Awards periods.

      The chance of a Participant receiving a Recruiters Award depends on the number of Participants, the number of Participants who recruit other Participants, and the total number of Participants recruited by each Participant during the Contest Period.

  5. Award Notification.

    Weekly Award winners will be notified by email (or other contact information provided) during the week following the Weekly Period in which they were selected to receive the Weekly Award. All other eligible Award winners will be notified by email (or other contact information provided at registration) and announced on the Care2 Website within 30 days after the end of the Contest or as soon thereafter as commercially practical.

  6. Award Winner Verification and Acceptance.

    Upon request of Care2, each Shelter identified to win the Grand Award, a Participation Award or Weekly Award, must sign and promptly return to Care2 (within fifteen (15) calendar days of receipt of Care2's request) an affidavit of eligibility, release of liability and promotional release to claim and receive the applicable Award. Entry into the Contest constitutes agreement to sign such an affidavit.

    Any Participant receiving a Recruiters Award will be required to show proof of age to ensure all winners have abided by the Contest age requirements. Any Participant receiving a Recruiters Award who is under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign an affidavit of eligibility, release of liability and promotional release on the winning Participant's behalf.

  7. Forfeiture of Awards. Noncompliance with these Official Rules, or if an Award winner cannot be reached at the last known contact information, or if any Award or Award notification is returned as unclaimed, refused or undeliverable for any reason, that Award will be forfeited and Sponsor will have no further obligation to the winner. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to award a forfeited Award to a runner up in the award category at issue.
  8. Taxes/fees. All federal, state, and local taxes, fees, surcharges, and any other costs or expenses associated with (i) participating in the Contest are the sole responsibility of each Participant and (ii) accepting and using an Award are the sole responsibility of each Award winner.
  9. Transfers/Substitutions. Winners may not transfer Awards or redeem non-cash Awards for cash. No substitutions will be permitted except that Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to substitute a prize of comparable or greater value, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Sponsor. All Awards details are at Sponsor's sole discretion.
  10. Publicity, Release, Materials and Postings.

    Participants agree to the public use of their name, address, photograph, videograph, likeness and other provided biographical information by Care2 and its affiliates for legal compliance and marketing and promotional activities related to the Contest during and after the Contest Period, including without limitation, posting a Participant's name on "leader boards," Participant lists, Award winners lists, Contest marketing and advertising materials (which may incorporate Care2's or other affiliated parties' names, brands, products and services) and on banners, message boards, forums, blogs and online social community network profiles and groups on the Care2 Website ("Sponsor Materials"), without notice and without compensation, royalty, accounting, liability or obligation of any kind to any Participant. Except as required by law, nothing herein shall require or obligate Sponsor to use or disclose any entrant's name, address, photograph, videograph, likeness, etc., for any reason.

    All information and materials submitted to Care2 by Participants in connection with this Contest through registration or otherwise will be considered a Contest "Posting" or "Postings" and shall be the sole property of Care2 and not returned. All contents of Postings, with the exception of any incorporated Contest Materials, must be completely original to the Participant and must not have been taken or composed in whole or in part from any other source, including, without limitation, all graphical, video and musical elements, imagery and artwork appearing in the Postings, and must be free and clear of any liens or claims with respect to the use of the Postings, and that such use will not give rise to any claims or infringement, invasion of privacy or publicity, or claims for any payment whatsoever including, but not limited to, claims for re-use fees or residuals.

    Care2 (and any and all of its subsidiaries and affiliates) shall have the right, but not the obligation, to use any Postings submitted pursuant to these Terms on the Care2 Website (or affiliated websites website pages) and in or on any other printed or electronic periodical, magazine, programming channel, broadcast or other public display and performance, at any time in the future, without notice and without compensation, royalty, accounting, liability or obligation of any kind to any Participant.

    All Participants agree that any and all Postings made in the course of their participation in the Contest shall be in compliance with these Terms and not contain, include or involve any unlawful activity, violation of third party rights or any of the following: animal abuse, obscenity; crude, vulgar or offensive pictures, depictions, images, language and/or symbols; commercial advertising (other than Sponsor Materials); trade libel; personally identifiable information of any third party, including but not limited to license plates, phone numbers, personal addresses, physical or email or otherwise; illegal drug or alcohol use or abuse; derogatory characterizations of any ethnic, racial, sexual or religious groups, humiliation of other people (publicly or otherwise), or any assault or threatening of others; violation of anyone's right of privacy, including any statements that may be true but of private facts; trespass or the violation of other people's rights or property; illegal (e.g., discriminatory, harassing) or inappropriate activity, behavior or conduct (e.g., inflicting emotional distress); defamatory, libelous, threatening or other material that advocates against any individual or group including products/services promoting discriminatory behavior (e.g., racial, religious, gender, nationality, sexual orientation); or any other content, display, materials and/or images that is or could be considered inappropriate, unsuitable or offensive, as determined by Care2, in its sole discretion.

  11. Limitation of Liability / Exclusion of Representations and Warranties.

    BY ENTERING THIS CONTEST, YOU AGREE TO RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS SPONSOR, ITS AFFILIATES, PRIZE SUPPLIERS, RETAILERS AND ADVERTISING AND PROMOTIONS AGENCIES, PARTICIPATING SHELTERS, AND THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, SHAREHOLDERS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES, AGENTS, SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS (COLLECTIVELY, THE "RELEASED PARTIES") FROM ANY AND ALL CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR INCREASED DAMAGES AND THOSE RELATED TO PERSONAL INJURY, DEATH OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY), LOSSES, COSTS AND EXPENSES, OF ANY KIND, UNDER ANY LEGAL THEORY, ARISING FROM OR RELATED TO THIS CONTEST, INCLUDING BUT LIMITED TO THE ENTRY AND PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST, THE ACCEPTANCE AND/OR USE (OR MISUSE) OF ANY PRIZE, OR ANY DELAY, INTERRUPTION, EARLY TERMINATION OR FORFEITURE, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, OF ANY PRIZE, EVEN IF SPONSOR OR ITS AFFILIATES AND REPRESENTATIVES HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH CONSEQUENCES, LIABILITY, LOSSES, DAMAGES, COSTS AND EXPENSES.

    WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, PARTICIPANT'S FURTHER AGREE THAT RELEASED PARTIES SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES, LOSSES, COSTS OR EXPENSES, OF ANY KIND, ARISING FROM OR RELATED TO ACTS OF GOD, ACTS OF GOVERNMENT, ACTS OF TERROR, ACTS OF WAR, CIVIL UNREST, LABOR SHORTAGES AND/OR STRIKES, EVEN IF SPONSOR OR ANY OF THE OTHER PARTIES WERE AWARE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF ANY SUCH EVENTS OCCURRING.

    Except as expressly stated herein, the Released Parties make no representations or warranties of any kind and expressly disclaim any implied representations and warranties, including, but not limited to, warranties of title, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or use or noninfringement or affiliation or sponsorship of any Shelter. Sponsor does not authorize anyone to make any representation or warranty of any kind on Sponsor's behalf and you may not rely on any third party statement of warranty as a representation or warranty by Sponsor.

  12. Indemnification.

    BY ENTERING THIS CONTEST, PARTICIPANT'S AGREE TO INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS THE RELEASED PARTIES AND THEIR SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS FROM AND AGAINST ANY AND ALL DAMAGES AND EXPENSES OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS' FEES, COSTS AND LITIGATION EXPENSES) ARISING FROM OR RELATED TO ANY CAUSE OR ACTION RELATED TO THIS CONTEST, INCLUDING WITHOUT RESTRICTION THE AWARD, ACCEPTANCE AND USE OR MISUSE OF ANY PRIZE, AND/OR THE REPRODUCTION, USE, PUBLICATION, DISPLAY, DISTRIBUTION OR OTHER COMMERCIAL OR NON-COMMERCIAL USE OF THE CONTENT (IN WHOLE OR IN PART) OF ANY POSTING (OR ANY PORTION THEREOF) SUBMITTED BY PARTICIPANTS TO SPONSOR.

  13. General Terms:

    Any violation of these Terms may result in suspension, termination, disqualification and/or forfeiture of the right to participate, vote, have a vote counted or win an Award, in Care2's sole discretion. Care2 reserves the right to reject any registration, Posting, vote or any other Participant activity that may be deemed, in Care2's sole discretion, to violate these Terms, the Care2.com's Website Terms of Use or Privacy Policy, and any other applicable policy or guidelines established by Care2 that govern participation in the Contest.

    ANY VIOLATION OF THESE TERMS BY A PARTICIPANT, POTENTIAL AWARD WINNER OR AWARD WINNER, OR ANY BEHAVIOR BY A PARTICIPANT, POTENTIAL AWARD WINNER OR AN AWARD WINNER, THAT WILL BRING SPONSOR OR ANY OTHER PARTY INTO DISREPUTE (IN THE SPONSOR'S SOLE DISCRETION) WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION, TERMINATION AND FORFEITURE OF ALL RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES AS A PARTICIPANT, POTENTIAL AWARD WINNER AND/OR AWARD WINNER.

    ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY VIOLATE CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK CIVIL DAMAGES FROM ANY AND ALL RESPONSIBLE PARTIES.

    Care2 reserves the right to cancel, terminate or modify any transmission or other activity not capable of completion as planned, including by reason of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, force majeure or technical failures of any sort. Care2 is not responsible for errors in the administration or fulfillment of the Contest, including without limitation mechanical, human, printing, distribution or production errors, and may modify or cancel the Contest based upon such error at its sole discretion without liability to any Participant or other person or entity. Care2 assumes no responsibility for the incorrect or inaccurate posting of information whether caused by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest or by any human error which may occur in the processing of the Postings in the Contest. Care2 is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or players on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site, or any combination thereof, including, without limitation, any injury or damage to a Participant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials (including, without limitation, the Sponsor Materials) for the Contest. Care2 is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of any materials, administration of the Contest, or in the announcement of the Awards or Award winners. If, for any reason, a particular shelter is not capable of being offered and/or donated to as planned, including, without limitation, due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Care2 which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest, Care2 reserves the right in their sole discretion to suspend, terminate, or modify these Terms and/or the Contest.

  14. Applicable Laws and Jurisdiction of Disputes.

    The construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Terms shall be governed by the laws of the State of California (U.S.A.), without application of conflict of law or choice of law provisions of any jurisdiction. All disputes arising out of or connected with the Contest will be resolved individually, and without resort to class action, exclusively by a state or federal court located in San Mateo County, California. Each Participant waives any and all objections to jurisdiction and venue in these courts and hereby submits to the jurisdiction and venue of those courts.

  15. These Terms may not be amended, modified or waived except in a writing signed by a duly authorized officer of Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to amend, modify or waive these Terms, in whole or in part, at any time without prior notice or the consent of Participants or any other third party. These Terms will be posted on Sponsor's Website for the Contest Period and until such time as the Contest is terminated and all Awards given in accordance herewith.

  16. Winner's List. For a list of Award winners, visit Sponsor's Website on or after July 31, 2011. Alternatively, for a list of Award winners send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Care2.com, Inc., America's Favorite Shelter Contest (2011), 275 Shoreline Drive, Suite 300, Redwood City, CA 94065. Residents of Vermont need not include return postage.

  17. Sponsor. Any questions or comments concerning these Terms or the Contest must be directed to: Care2.com, Inc., America's Favorite Shelter Contest (2011), 275 Shoreline Drive, Suite 300, Redwood City, CA 94065.