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Last Updated: March 11th, 2015

Dogs on Deployment (hereafter referred to as "DoD", "dogsondeployment.org", "we", "us", or "our") provides an online network that connects military pet owner with volunteers who wish to boarding military pets in their home and/or offer other pet related services through the website dogsondeployment.org (such online network, together with any related software, applications or functionality, and such website, collectively, the "Site"). By using the Site you agree to comply with and be legally bound by the terms and conditions of these Terms of Use ("Terms"), whether or not you become a registered user of the Site. These Terms govern your access to and use of the Site and all Content (defined below), and constitute a binding legal agreement between you and Dogs on Deployment. If you do not agree to these Terms, you have no right to obtain information from or otherwise continue using the Site and should not use the Site.

The Site is intended solely for persons who are 18 or older. Any access to or use of the Site by anyone under 18 is expressly prohibited. By accessing or using the Site you represent and warrant that you are 18 or older.

THE SITE INCLUDES AN ONLINE NETWORK THROUGH WHICH DOD BOARDERS (DEFINED BELOW) MAY CREATE BOARDING PROFILES (DEFINED BELOW) FOR PET BOARDING SERVICES (DEFINED BELOW) AND MILITARY PET OWNERS (DEFINED BELOW) MAY CREATE PET PROFILES (DEFINED BELOW) TO LEARN ABOUT DOD BOARDERS AND CHOOSE TO USE PET BOARDING SERVICES. ADDITIONALLY, MEMBERS (DEFINED BELOW) MAY JOIN AS DOD ORGANIZATIONS (DEFINED BELOW), DOD VENDORS (DEFINED BELOW), AND DOD VOLUNTEERS (DEFINED BELOW). YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT DOGS ON DEPLOYMENT IS NOT A PARTY TO ANY AGREEMENTS ENTERED INTO BETWEEN MEMBERS – MILITARY PET OWNERS CONTRACT FOR PET BOARDING SERVICES DIRECTLY WITH DOD BOARDERS OR DOD ORGANIZATIONS; NOR IS DOGS ON DEPLOYMENT A BROKER, AGENT (EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY SET FORTH BELOW) OR INSURER. DOGS ON DEPLOYMENT HAS NO CONTROL OVER THE CONDUCT OF MILITARY PET OWNERS, DOD BOARDERS, DOD ORGANIZATIONS, DOD VENDORS, DOD VOLUNTEERS, ANY LISTED PETS, OR ANY OTHER USERS OF THE SITE, AND DOGS ON DEPLOYMENT DISCLAIMS ALL LIABILITY IN THIS REGARD. DIFFERENT SECTIONS OF THE SITE AND TERMS AFFECT MEMBERS DIFFERENTLY, SO PLEASE BE SURE TO READ THESE TERMS CAREFULLY.

Key Terms

"CONTENT" means text, graphics, images, music, software, audio, video, information, documents, compilations, data or other materials.

“MEMBERS” refers to all registered users of the Site, which may be DoD Boarders, Military Pet Owners, DoD Organizations, DoD Vendors and DoD Volunteers.

"DOD BOARDER" means a person who completes the Dogs on Deployment account registration process and creates a Boarding Profile via the Site, with the intent of boarding a Military Pet found through the Site.

“MILITARY PET OWNER” means a person who is a verified active duty, reservist or veteran pet owner who meets Dogs on Deployment’s requirements to list, and completes the Dogs on Deployment account registration process and creates a Pet Profile via the Site, with the intent of using a DoD Boarder, DoD Organization or DoD Vendor for Pet Boarding Services.

“PET IN NEED” means a pet of any type which meets Dogs on Deployment’s requirements to list, who is owned by a Military Pet Owner, and is requiring Pet Boarding Services.

“DOD ORGANIZATIONS” means a representative of a business or organization completes the Dogs on Deployment account registration process on behalf of a business or organization which offers no-cost Pet Boarding Services to Military Pet Owners, with the intent of boarding a Pet in Need found through the Site. DoD Organizations are subject to the same Terms as DoD Boarders.

“DOD VENDORS” means a representative of a business or organization completes the Dogs on Deployment account registration process on behalf of a business or organization which offers discounted Pet Boarding Services or other appropriate services for military members, with the intent of advertising their military discounts on the Site.

“DOD VOLUNTEERS” means a person who completes the Dogs on Deployment account registration process and creates a Volunteer Profile via the Site, with the intent of volunteering for Dogs on Deployment community events.

"PET BOARDING SERVICES" means pet boarding, or fostering, services provided by DoD Boarders, DoD Organizations or DoD Vendors.

"BOARDING PROFILE" refers to a DoD Boarder account that is listed by a DoD Boarder via the Site.

“PET PROFILE” refers to a Pet in Need profile that is listed by a Military Pet Owner via the Site.

”BUSINESS PROFILE” refers to a business profile that is listed by a DoD Vendor via that Site.

“VOLUNTEER PROFILE” refers to a Volunteer account that is listed by a DoD Volunteer via the Site.

“SERVICE COMMITMENTS” refers to the reason which a Military Pet Owner requires pet boarding services which meets Dogs on Deployment’s listing requirements, to include, but not limited to, deployments, training, and veteran treatment.

"THIRD PARTY PROVIDERS" means Dogs on Deployment’s third party agents, contractors, distributors, merchants or sponsors.

Member Requirements

The following requirements must be maintained for all Member Profiles and Pet Profiles:

  • Any profiles must contain enough information that a potential DoD Boarder or Pet Owner can learn about the household or Pet in Need in order to accurately determine whether or not a suitable arrangement can be made before contacting the DoD Boarder or Pet Owner.
  • Links to pages outside of Dogs on Deployment are prohibited in all Member profiles.
  • No advertising or links to pages outside of Dogs on Deployment are allowed unless registered as a DoD Vendor and included in the DoD Vendor profile.
  • All Member profiles must be kept up to date.
  • If a DoD Boarder, Military Pet Owner, DoD Organization or DoD Vendor no longer can participate in our program or no longer needs to, it is their responsibility to deactivate their account.
  • Auto pop-up windows to other pages/sites and/or auto-downloading software (such as but not limited to hotbar, comet cursor, etc.) are not allowed.
  • Any images uploaded to our Site can be used in any Dogs on Deployment's advertising campaign on the internet, Facebook and print. By uploading an image to your Profile, you are indicating you have ownership rights of the image, and agree to allow Dogs on Deployment to reprint, reuse or distribute the image for our marketing purposes.
  • No profanity, specific mission details in violation of OPSEC or harassment of any kind is allowed to be included in a profile or internal message. Any violation will result in immediate termination of your account.
  • Contact between Members is to be related to Dogs on Deployment’s mission only.
  • All messages sent through Dogs on Deployment are subject to review by a Dogs on Deployment officer to ensure our program is being utilized as intended.

Military Pet Owner Requirements

The legal Military Pet Owner must be:

Active duty and Reservists personnel going on:

  • Deployment
  • Command training (including boot camp and initial training)
  • Official military travel required by command
  • Military move/PCS: Short term (less than 3 months) availability for assistance with quarantine requirements or shipping arrangements. Long term (1 year or longer) available on a limited basis only in the circumstance that the Pet in Need is not allowed to new duty station due to breed or size (due to city, county or country regulations), orders specifically state pets are not allowed to accompany military member to new duty station, the military member is required to live in base housing/quarters where the pet is not allowed due to breed, size or pet restrictions, or is not medically cleared to make overseas travel.

Veterans who have been honorably discharged and:

  • Are receiving medical treatment for a condition directly related to military service through the Veterans Affairs Department or other reputable veteran assistance organization
  • Are employed by the Department of Defense or government agency and are contracted to go overseas or extended training

Government Service employees on military deployment orders.

Spouses associated with a Military Pet Owner who meets the above criteria and needs help due to the following reasons:

  • Death or debilitating illness of the military member, spouse or an immediate family member
  • Complications with pregnancy or childbirth, or treatment for an Exceptional Family Member
  • Admission to hospital or in-patient treatment
  • Extenuating circumstances preventing the spouse from caring for their pet

If the spouse of a qualified military member meets the above requirements, we ask that their listings be limited to a maximum of 3 months. Our DoD Boarders are primarily reserved for active duty service members who have no family or support to help care for their pets during their military commitments. Utilizing DoD for boarding should be a last resort and reserved for those truly needing the assistance.

Dogs on Deployment does not service:

  • Any military member or family of going on vacation or personal leave. Please visit our Services page for professional boarding facilities or research pet shipping for pet relocation. Dogs on Deployment does not approve listings for personal vacation.
  • Any military member or family looking to permanently rehome a pet. Dogs on Deployment does NOT list pets for adoption. Please contact your local no-kill shelter or rescue group.
  • Any military member or family persecuted by landlord for a restricted pet after a lease is signed. Before signing any lease when moving, ensure you know the pet policy in full and abide by it. Dogs on Deployment does not approve listings for Military Pet Owners knowingly moving into housing with pet restrictions.
  • Any military member or family who has the undeniable ability to care for their pet, but does not want to.
Dogs on Deployment retains the sole approving authority and retains the right to approve or deny any application for Pet Boarding Services made on our network, for any reason, and are not required to disclose details leading to our decision.

Pets in Need Requirements

All potential problematic traits, such as, but not limited to, people aggression, animal aggression, food aggression, door bolting, resource guarding, uncontrolled barking, marking or urinating indoors, or any other behaviors, must be fully disclosed with the DoD Boarder before boarding arrangements are made. 

Dogs who have ever been involved in a dog bite suit are not allowed to be listed through our network if found guilty of any physical harm. Additionally, any dog which has a record of aggression, has bitten another animal or person and broke skin, or has killed another animal, is prohibited from using our network. Any dogs which may be a risk to DoD Boarders, people or other animals will not be approved for pet boarding services. Dogs on Deployment may request references from a Military Pet Owner's veterinarian, boarding facility or past DoD Boarder to confirm a lack of aggression before approving a listing for a Pet in Need. 

All pets listed on our website must be current on vaccinations within the past 12 months. For dogs, this includes rabies, distemper and parvovirus at a minimum. For cats, this includes rabies and distemper. Pets residing in certain counties or states may have more strict vaccination requirements. Military Pet Owners are required to give a current copy of their pet(s) vaccination record to the DoD Boarder prior to boarding beginning. 

DoD Boarder Requirements

A DoD Boarder is an individual or family that has unanimously decided to welcome a military member’s pet into their home while they’re unavailable due to special circumstances required of them by the military. Requirements for becoming a DoD Boarder are as follows:

  • Must live within the United States (Dogs on Deployment does not currently have the listing capability for DoD Boarder profiles outside the US)
  • Must be a US Citizen or legal alien
  • Must live in a pet-friendly rental or be a homeowner. Any Pet in Need to be boarded by you must meet your leasing pet-terms for size and breed restrictions.
  • Must be in a stable living condition. If you are planning on moving or taking an extended trip, please unpublish your profile. You may reactivate it again when you are settled.
  • Must not currently own any aggressive pets, or pets that have ever been in a bite dispute.
  • Must not require or ask for any “boarding fee” to home a military member’s pet, pet-related expenses excluded. If you are a professional boarding facility and would like to list your business on our website, please register as a DoD Vendor.

DoD Organization Requirements

A DoD Organization is a non-profit, rescue or other animal-organization that has a pre-existing foster network that desires to partner with DoD in making their foster network available to Military Pet Owners. Requirements for becoming a DoD Organization are as follows:

    Must be a 501(c)(3) licensed organization, or be in application for 501(c)(3) status or a licensed business offering free military boarding for deployments.
  • Must be an animal-rescue or assistance organization with a foster network
  • Must have liability insurance.
  • Must agree to notify DoD of any Pets assisted through our network, and allow shared success credit in social and public announcements.
  • Must not require or ask for any “boarding fee” to home a military member’s pet, pet-related expenses excluded. If you are a professional boarding facility and would like to list your business on our website, please register as a DoD Vendor.
  • May not ask for a donation, or harass or spam any Military Pet Owner through Dogs on Deployment’s network. To do so will result in immediate termination.

DoD Vendor Requirements

Dogs on Deployment lists businesses and organizations which support the military and their pets in order to foster the military-pet community. Register as a DoD Vendor and have DoD Members referred to your business through your promotional incentives. Requirements for becoming a DoD Vendor are as follows:

  • Registerer must be a legal representative of the business to be listed.
  • Must offer a discount or incentive program to all military members.
  • Must be a business related to military, family or pet care.

Additional Agreement and Understanding to Join

Dogs on Deployment reserves the right to remove any listing which does not meet the above criteria. Dogs on Deployment is a networking site only and does not place pets. It is the Military Pet Owner's responsibility to interview and choose the DoD Boarder that fits their needs.

In order to ensure up to date information regarding our Pets in Need, any accounts will be automatically unpublished after 2 months of inactivity. Military Pet Owners must actively log into and use their accounts to ensure their listings remains active.

All messages sent through Dogs on Deployment will be monitored by Dogs on Deployment to ensure proper compliance with our program. The Military Pet Owner or DoD Boarderwill notify Dogs on Deployment if and when a successful placement of a Pet in Need with a DoD Boarder is arranged.

After boarding periods are completed, the legal Military Pet Owner must take possession of their pet back, unless prior authorization from the DoD Boarder to extend the length of boarding is arranged. Dogs on Deployment does not tolerate any military member or spouse who intends to relinquish their Pet Owner responsibility on a DoD Boarder and the DoD Boarder may seek legal action against the Pet Owner should such an occurrence happen.

Dogs on Deployment is reserved for military members who have no other choice, family or support to rely on for help with pet care during their military commitments. Our DoD Boarders should be reserved for those who are utilizing Dogs on Deployment as a last resort. Ensure that all other options have been exhausted before utilizing a DoD Boarder.

It is highly recommended that a contract is completed between DoD Boarder and Pet Owner before boarding begins. An example contract is provided for DoD Boarders and Pet Owners found under your Account Management.

IF ANY PET OWNER IS FOUND TO BE IN VIOLATION OF OUR TERMS OF USE OR REQUIREMENTS, DOGS ON DEPLOYMENT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CONTACT AND NOTIFY THE PET OWNER'S CHAIN OF COMMAND OF ANY MISREPRESENTATION, FRAUD, OR IRRESPONSIBILITY.

Access and Compliance

By accessing the Site, you agree to be bound by the Terms all applicable laws and regulations and that you warrant and represent that you are legally entitled to do so and are abiding by all applicable laws and regulations in the jurisdiction in which you reside. You agree that we may modify this agreement and such modifications shall be effective immediately upon posting. You agree to review these Terms each time you use the Site to be aware of modifications. Continued access or use of the Site shall be deemed conclusive evidence of your acceptance of the modified agreement.

How the Site Works

The Site can be used to facilitate the connection between Military Pet Owners, who require Pet Boarding Services during their Service Commitments, and volunteers willing to board Military Pets, who join as DoD Boarders or DoD Organizations. Visitors may view limited information from Pet Profiles and Boarding Profiles as an unregistered visitor to the Site; however, if you wish to contact any Military Pet Owner, DoD Boarder or DoD Organization and view the full Pet or Boarding Profile, you must first register to create an account.

As stated above, Dogs on Deployment makes available a network with related technology for Members to communicate online and arrange for Pet Boarding Services. Dogs on Deployment does not directly provide any Pet Boarding Services. Dogs on Deployment’s responsibilities are limited to: (i) facilitating the availability of the Site and (ii) serving as the limited agent of each Member to screen for verification, proper usage, and conforming to these Terms.

PLEASE NOTE THAT DOGS ON DEPLOYMENT CANNOT AND DOES NOT CONTROL THE CONTENT CONTAINED IN ANY PET OR BOARDING PROFILES OR THE PROVISION, QUALITY, CONDITION, LEGALITY OR SUITABILITY OF ANY PET BOARDING SERVICES. DOGS ON DEPLOYMENT IS ONLY A DIRECTORY AND POSTING SITE FOR MEMBERS. NO INFORMATION ON THIS SITE IS GUARANTEED, ALTHOUGH IT IS UPDATED AND SCREENED. DOGS ON DEPLOYMENT AND ALL OF THE MATERIALS ON OR REFERENCED BY DOGS ON DEPLOYMENT ARE PROVIDED ON AN AS-IS BASIS. DOGS ON DEPLOYMENT, ITS BOARD MEMBERS OR ITS CREATORS ACCEPTS NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY LIABILITY OR FOR ANY INJURY OR DAMAGES TO ANY PERSON OR PROPERTY CAUSED BY OR TO ANY LISTED ANIMAL OR BOARDING PLACE, AS WELL AS ANY CAUSE OF ACTION, CLAIMS, SUITS OR DEMANDS WHATSOEVER THAT MAY ARISE AS A RESULT OF SUCH INJURY OR DAMAGE. IN NO EVENT SHALL DOGS ON DEPLOYMENT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER WITH RESPECT TO THE USE OF THE DOGS ON DEPLOYMENT WEBSITE. YOU AGREE THAT YOU ARE USING DOGS ON DEPLOYMENT SOLELY AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Registration

In order to be a Member, you will be required to register with Dogs on Deployment. If you choose to register on the Site, you agree to provide and maintain true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted by the Site's registration process. Registration data and certain other information about you are governed by our Privacy Policy. If any of your registration data is inaccurate, incomplete or not current, we may terminate your account immediately. We may reject a registration application if we determine in our sole discretion that the applicant is not an appropriate Member as defined by the appropriate Requirements to List. We have no obligation to disclose the reason for our decision to reject an application. You may not register for the Service if you are under 18 years of age.

Profiles

DoD Boarders and DoD Organizations

As a DoD Boarder or DoD Organization, you may create a Boarding Profile. You will be asked a variety of questions about the Pet Boarding Services to be listed, including, but not limited to, your household, resident pets (if relevant), availability, etc. Limited Boarding Profiles will be made publicly available via the Site, and full Boarding Profiles will be made available to all registered and approved Military Pet Owners. Dogs on Deployment reserves the right, at any time and without prior notice, to remove or disable access to any Boarding Profile for any reason, to include those which may be considered to be objectionable for any reason, in violation of these Terms or otherwise harmful to the Site.

Military Pet Owners

As a Military Pet Owner, you may create a Pet Profile. You will be asked a variety of questions about the Pet in Need to be listed, including, but not limited to, the pets’ temperament, basic pet information, your military commitment and reason for needing boarding, and be required to provide verification documents to prove your military status. Limited Pet Profiles will be made publicly available via the Site, and full Pet Profiles will be made available to all registered DoD Boarders and DoD Organizations. Dogs on Deployment reserves the right, at any time and without prior notice, to remove or disable access to any Pet Profile for any reason, to include those which may be considered to be objectionable for any reason, in violation of these Terms or otherwise harmful to the Site.

DoD Vendors

As a DoD Vendor, you may create a Business Profile. You will be asked a variety of questions about your business to be listed, including, but not limited to, the details on the business and any military discounts. Limited Business Profiles will be made publicly available via the Site, and full Business Profiles will be made available to all registered Members. Dogs on Deployment reserves the right, at any time and without prior notice, to remove or disable access to any Business Profile for any reason, to include those which may be considered to be objectionable for any reason, in violation of these Terms or otherwise harmful to the Site.

DoD Volunteers

As a DoD Volunteer, you may create a Volunteer Profile. You will be asked a variety of questions about your volunteer position, including, but not limited to, your availability, your skills and your experience. Volunteer Profiles will not be made visible to any other members, and may only be seen by the DoD Volunteer, and Dogs on Deployment administrators. Dogs on Deployment reserves the right, at any time and without prior notice, to remove or disable access to any Volunteer Profile for any reason, to include those which may be considered to be objectionable for any reason, in violation of these Terms or otherwise harmful to the Site.

DoD Boarder and DoD Organization Obligations

Every DoD Boarder and DoD Organization is required to comply with applicable laws and obtain any necessary licenses and permits required by their state or county. You acknowledge and agree that, as a DoD Boarder, you are responsible for your Boarding Profile that you post. Accordingly, you represent and warrant that you will (a) be in compliance with all applicable laws, including, but not limited to, laws governing the treatment of animals and any federal, state or local permitting or licensing requirements.

EACH DOD BOARDER AND/OR DOD ORGANIZATION IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR OBTAINING ALL PERMITS, LICENSES AND OTHER PERMISSIONS REQUIRED TO OFFER OR PROVIDE ANY PET BOARDING SERVICES AND DOGS ON DEPLOYMENT ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR A DOD BOARDER’S AND/OR DOD ORGANIZATION’S FAILURE TO OBTAIN SUCH PERMITS, LICENSES OR PERMISSIONS OR OTHERWISE COMPLY WITH ANY APPLICABLE LAWS, RULES OR REGULATIONS.

No Endorsement

Dogs on Deployment does not endorse any DoD Boarders/DoD Organizations, Pet Boarding Services or Military Pet Owners. In addition, although these Terms require Members to provide accurate information, we do not attempt to confirm, and do not confirm, any Member's purported identity. All Members are responsible for determining the identity and suitability of others who you contact via the Site. Dogs on Deployment will not be responsible for any damage or harm resulting from your interactions with other Members or their pets.By using the Site, you agree that any legal remedy or liability that you seek to obtain for actions or omissions of other Members or other third parties will be limited to a claim against the particular Members or other third parties who caused you harm (or whose pet caused you harm) and you agree not to attempt to impose liability on, or seek any legal remedy from, Dogs on Deployment with respect to such actions or omissions. Accordingly, we encourage you to communicate directly with other Members on the Site regarding any request for Pet Boarding Services or Profiles made by you.

You understand and agree that Dogs on Deployment does not act as an insurer or as a contracting agent for you as a DoD Boarder. If a Military Pet Owner choses to DoD Boarder or DoD Organization for Pet Boarding Services, any agreement you enter into with such Member is between you and the Member and Dogs on Deployment is not a party thereto.

Information on the Website

Although Dogs on Deployment attempts to maintain the integrity and accuracy of the information on the Site, we make no guarantees as to its correctness, completeness, or accuracy. The Site may contain typographical errors, inaccuracies, or other errors or omissions. Also, unauthorized additions, deletions, or alterations could be made to the Site by third parties without our knowledge or consent. If you believe that information found on the Site is inaccurate or unauthorized, please inform us by contacting us via information provided at the "Contact Us" link.

Your Information and Photos

"Your Information" is defined as any information and materials, including without limitation photographs, you provide to Dogs on Deployment or other users in connection with your registration for and use of the Services. You are solely responsible for Your Information, and we act merely as a passive conduit for your online distribution and publication of Your Information. Solely to enable Dogs on Deployment to use Your Information, so we are not violating any rights you might have in that information, you hereby grant us a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, sublicensable (through multiple tiers) right to exercise all copyright, publicity rights, and any other rights you have in Your Information, in any media now known or not currently known. Dogs on Deployment shall have complete discretion in how it chooses to display or use Your Information in connection with the Site, subject to restrictions set forth in our Privacy Policy.

As part of the Site, Dogs on Deployment occasionally shares photo updates of Pets in Need and DoD Boarders with Site users and the public. You agree that Dogs on Deployment may, at its sole discretion, publish these photos on the Site and across social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and similar sites. DoD Boarders are required to provide periodic photo updates to the Military Pet Owners and Dogs on Deployment via text message or email. Failure to do say may result in suspension from the Site.

You hereby represent and warrant to Dogs on Deployment that Your Information (a) will not be false, inaccurate, incomplete or misleading; (b) will not be fraudulent or involve the sale of counterfeit or stolen items; (c) will not infringe any third party's copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary right or rights of publicity or privacy; (d) will not violate any law, statute, ordinance, or regulation (including without limitation those governing export control, consumer protection, unfair competition, anti-discrimination or false advertising); (e) will not be defamatory, libelous, unlawfully threatening, or unlawfully harassing; (f) will not be obscene or contain child pornography or be harmful to minors; (g) will not contain any viruses, Trojan Horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots or other computer programming routines that are intended to damage, detrimentally interfere with, surreptitiously intercept or expropriate any system, data or personal information; and (h) will not create liability for Dogs on Deployment or cause Dogs on Deployment to lose (in whole or in part) the services of its ISPs or other partners or suppliers.

Pet Boarding Services Liabilities

Property Damage by Guest Pets

DoD Boarders and DoD Organizations acknowledge and agree that neither Dogs on Deployment nor a Military Pet Owner(s) have any responsibility to reimburse or otherwise cover you for any property damage that may be caused by a Pet in Need which is being boarded, unless the DoD Boarder/DoD Organization provides proof of damages done by guest pet(s) to the Military Pet Owner prior to receiving damage repair or cleaning services. This may include, but is not limited to, photos or video of scratched or chewed on furniture, or estimate done by professional cleaning service verifying the presence of urine in carpet or furniture. It must be beyond a responsible doubt that the damage was done by the guest pet(s), and not by a resident pet. A reimbursement or payment plan to cover said damages by the Military Pet Owner shall be agreed upon prior to the DoD Boarder receiving repair or cleaning services. If repair or cleaning services are rendered prior to making an agreement with the Military Pet Owner, the DoD Boarder/DoD Organization shall provide proof of damage retroactively. The Military Pet Owner shall reimburse the DoD Boarder/DoD Organization in a manner which is fair based on the proof of the damages and what was previously agreed upon in the DoD Boarding Contract. All receipts of the repair or cleaning services shall be provided by the DoD Boarder/DoD Organization to the Military Pet Owner for reimbursement or payment. All parties hereby agree not to seek any such reimbursement or other damages from Dogs on Deployment in the event of any such property damage.

For Emergency Medical Situations Involving a Military Pet Owner’s Pet

Military Pet Owners should ensure that the DoD Boarder is provided with contact information to reach the Military Pet Owner, or approved emergency contact, in the event an emergency medical situation arises involving a Military Pet Owner’s pet. Military Pet Owners and DoD Boarders acknowledge and agree that, to the extent any situation arises where the Military Pet Owner’s pet is required to receive emergency veterinary care while in the care or custody of the DoD Boarder, the DoD Boarder shall make reasonable efforts to contact the Military Pet Owner and notify him or her of the situation. If the Military Pet Owner cannot be contacted, the DoD Boarder should contact Dogs on Deployment at 610-800-3631 or info@dogsondeployment.org and Dogs on Deployment shall make reasonable efforts during Dogs on Deployment’s normal business hours to contact the Military Pet Owner to notify them of the situation. If the Military Pet Owner cannot be reached following reasonable efforts, the Military Pet Owner authorizes their DoD Boarder and Dogs on Deployment to authorize care on his/her behalf in order to promptly treat Military Pet Owner’s pet. Military Pet Owners acknowledge and agree that the costs of any such treatment for emergency medical situations is the sole and exclusive responsibility of the Military Pet Owner and that Military Pet Owner will be responsible for reimbursing their DoD Boarder or Dogs on Deployment, as appropriate and may be billed for any amount to reimburse costs incurred by the DoD Boarder or Dogs on Deployment attendant thereto. Specific instructions for DoD Boarders on how to handle emergencies with regards to the Pet in Need during boarding should be fully disclosed in the Boarding Contract.

For Dog Bite During Boarding Involving a Military Pet Owner’s Pet

Military Pet Owners should ensure that any dog that is boarded through Dogs on Deployment, is covered by dog-bite insurance before any Pet Boarding Services begin. Any dog which has previously been involved in a dog bite incident, or has a history of aggression with other animals, people or especially children, is absolutely not allowed to be listed on Dogs on Deployment as a Pet in Need, however Dogs on Deployment has no way of verifying a dog’s past history, and is reliant on honest disclosure from Military Pet Owners. Should a Pet in Need be boarded with a DoD Boarder bite another animal or person, the DoD Boarder shall immediately contact the Military Pet Owner and Dogs on Deployment. The Military Pet Owner will be responsible for all damages done by their Pet in Need, to include any medical coverage needed to treat a bite victim. The DoD Boarder has the sole discretion to continue to board a Pet in Need who has proven to be a liability or aggressive, and has been involved in a bite. If the DoD Boarder no longer wishes to board a Pet in Need who has bitten during boarding, the Military Pet Owner must do everything in reason to find alternate care for their Pet in Need, but may not utilize Dogs on Deployment’s network. This may include professional boarding services. The DoD Boarder has the right to enter into a legal dog bite dispute against the Military Pet Owner if the dog bite is significant in nature. Any dog which has bitten during boarding, should remain in a protective muzzle as appropriate, to be purchased by the Military Pet Owner, until the Pet in Need is placed in a more appropriate home in order to prevent another bite from occurring. Specific instructions for DoD Boarders on how to handle a dog bite with regards to the Pet in Need during boarding should be fully disclosed in the Boarding Contract.

For Flea Situations Involving a Military Pet Owner’s Pet

Military Pet Owners acknowledge and agree that, to the extent any situation arises where the Military Pet Owner’s pet introduces fleas into a DoD Boarder’s home, the Military Pet Owner shall be responsible for a reasonable amount to reimburse costs incurred attendant thereto. These costs may include, but are not limited to, costs associated with treating a DoD Boarder’s resident animals and/or home for fleas or flea prevention. It is the responsibility of all Military Pet Owners to disclose any knowledge of flea issues associated with their pets to all DoD Boarders before any Pet Boarding Services begin. Military Pet Owners are required to ensure that their pets are current on flea prevention treatment before boarding begins, and during the length of a boarding through Dogs on Deployment.

Insurance Coverage

Dogs on Deployment recommends that DoD Boarders/DoD Organizations obtain appropriate insurance for their Pet Boarding Services. In addition, Military Pet Owners should obtain appropriate pet health insurance and dog-bite coverage, as appropriate, for their Pet in Need. All Members are encouraged to review any insurance policy that you may have and may affect a pet boarding, and in particular please make sure that you are familiar with and understand any exclusions to, and any deductibles that may apply for, such insurance policy, including, but not limited to, whether or not your insurance policy will cover the actions or inactions of Pets in Need with respect to which you provide any Pet Boarding Services.

Pet Abandonment

If you, as a Military Pet Owner, choose to use a DoD Boarder found through Dogs on Deployment for Pet Boarding Services and fail to retrieve your pet within seven (7) days (or the time period set forth in the applicable jurisdiction's animal abandonment or cruelty laws, if earlier) after the boarding end date of your Pet Profile, you agree that Dogs on Deployment, may (but has no obligation to), in its sole discretion, place your dog in foster care and notify the authorities. You agree that you will be responsible for and will reimburse Dogs on Deployment for all costs and expenses of any such action, and you acknowledge that you may become subject to any applicable laws that may govern your failure to retrieve your pet, including all applicable animal abandonment or cruelty laws. Should there be a Service Commitment preventing you from retrieving your dog within the original boarding end date, you must notify your DoD Boarder of any changes to your boarding plans, and your DoD Boarder must be in compliance with any new changes. Military Pet Owners also agree that should a pet appear to have been abandoned with a DoD Boarder, that Dogs on Deployment, may (but has no obligation to) contact the Military Pet Owner’s chain of command for their branch of service to make them aware of any intentional fraud or abuse of Dogs on Deployment’s network.

Seized Communication

Dogs on Deployment requires that open communication be maintained between DoD Boarder and Pet Owner during any boarding arrangement. A Seized Communication period is defined as any period greater than 45 days in which mutual communication between a DoD Boarder and Pet Owner is not received. In the event that a Military Pet Owner will be unable to make communication with their DoD Boarder during a boarding arrangement due to their military service obligations, the Pet Owner must notify the DoD Boarder in writing of this situation prior to boarding begins. It is recommended that Pet Owners assign a trusted friend or family member to maintain communication with the DoD Boarder if such a situation is expected. If notification of a lack of communication is not given to a DoD Boarder in writing prior to boarding, then any lack of communication after 45 days will be considered a Seized Communication. In the event that a Seized Communication situation occurs with a Pet Owner, Dogs on Deployment reserves the right to contact a Pet Owner's emergency contact, chain of command, case worker or local animal or legal authorities to assist with reestablishing communication with the DoD Boarder. In the event that a Seized Communication situation occurs with a DoD Boarder, Dogs on Deployment reserves the right to contact local animal or legal authorities to assist with reestablishing communication with the Pet Owner; this may result in a home inspection by a animal or legal representative. If communication cannot be reestablished with a Pet Owner after 60 days, the Pet will be considered abandoned, and Dogs on Deployment will act in accordance with this Terms of Use.

Risk Acknowledgment for Using Pet Boarding Services

Pet Boarding Services are not appropriate for all dogs, especially aggressive poorly socialized dogs. You acknowledge that it is your sole responsibility, as a Military Pet Owner, to determine if the applicable DoD Boarder and household is best for your pet and to select the DoD Boarder carefully. While certain DoD Boarders may receive positive assessments or comments by the Site, referrals or users, Dogs on Deployment makes no representations or warranties regarding the quality, security or positive features of the DoD Boarder or the DoD Boarder’s residence. Dogs on Deployment is not party to any agreement or transaction between a Military Pet Owner and DoD Boarder and, as such, cannot verify or otherwise authenticate any claims made by the DoD Boarder (including any medical certifications or insurance coverage held by the DoD Boarder). Moreover, it is incumbent upon Military Pet Owners to share any and all relevant information, including but not limited to medical issues, allergies or other conditions, about your pet prior to engaging the DoD Boarder for Pet Boarder Services. As a Military Pet Owner, you acknowledge and agree that the entire risk arising out of your use of the Site, including listing and choosing any Pet Boarding Services through Dogs on Deployment, is entirely your own. You acknowledge and agree that Dogs on Deployment is not liable for any damages associated with the administration of Pet Boarding Services, which may include but are not limited to, bodily injury or death to your pet (whether caused by the DoD Boarder, any family member, friend, dog or other affiliate of the DoD Boarder or any other third party). It is the sole responsibility of Military Pet Owners to make decisions that are in the best interests of themselves and their pets.

For DoD Boarders, you acknowledge that it is your sole responsibility to determine if the applicable Pet in Need is best for your family, household and resident pets and to select any Pets in Need you intend to board carefully. While certain Military Pet Owners may receive positive assessments or comments by the Site, referrals or users, Dogs on Deployment makes no representations or warranties regarding the quality, security or positive features of the Military Pet Owner or the Pet in Need. Dogs on Deployment is not party to any agreement or transaction between a Military Pet Owner and DoD Boarder and, as such, cannot verify or otherwise authenticate any claims made by the Military Pet Owner (including any medical certifications or insurance coverage held by the Military Pet Owner). You acknowledge and agree that Dogs on Deployment is not liable for any damages associated with the administration of Pet Boarding Services, which may include but are not limited to, bodily injury or death to any resident pets (whether caused by yourself, any family member, friend, dog or other affiliate or any other third party). It is the sole responsibility of DoD Boarders to make decisions that are in the best interests of themselves and their residence.

Mobile Services

The Site may include certain services that are available via a mobile device (collectively, the "Mobile Services"). To the extent you access the Site through a mobile device, your wireless service carrier's standard charges, data rates and other fees may apply. In addition, downloading, installing or using certain Mobile Services may be prohibited or restricted by your carrier, and not all Mobile Services may work with all carriers or devices. By using the Mobile Services or otherwise registering with the Site, you agree that we may communicate with you regarding Dogs on Deployment and other entities by SMS, MMS, text message or other electronic means to your mobile device and that certain information about your usage of the Mobile Services may be communicated to us. In the event you change or deactivate your mobile telephone number, you agree to promptly update your Dogs on Deployment account information to ensure that your messages are not sent to the person that acquires your old number.

Use of the Site

Any personal information you submit to the Site is governed by the Privacy Statement found here: https://dogsondeployment.org/page/privacy-statement. This Privacy Statement encompasses any and all information you may provide to the Site either for purposes of registering with the Site as any Member or to receive further information, updates and promotions about or related to the Site. In consideration of being allowed to use the Site, you agree that the following actions shall constitute a material breach of these Terms:

  • Collecting information about the Site or users of the Site without Dogs on Deployment’s written consent.
  • Modifying, framing, rendering (or re-rendering), mirroring, truncating, injecting, filtering or changing any Content of or information contained on the Site, without Dogs on Deployment’s written consent.
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  • Disguising the origin of information transmitted to, from, or through the Site.
  • Sharing or embedding any fundraising, or soliciting for funds from users through the Site.
  • Impersonating another person or entity.
  • Distributing viruses or other harmful computer code.
  • Allowing any other person or entity to impersonate you to access, use or register with the Sit.
  • Using the Site for any purpose in violation of local, state, national, international laws, including but not limited to any unauthorized use of any Content or information contained on the Site may violate copyright laws, trademark laws, the laws of privacy and publicity, and/or communications regulations and statutes.
  • Using the Site in a way that is intended to harm, or a reasonable person would understand would likely result in harm, to the user or others.
  • Updating a public profile with erroneous contact information or removing contact information.
  • Failing to respond to messages/inquiries from other Dogs on Deployment Members or failing to respond to messages/inquiries from other Dogs on Deployment Members within a timely manner, to be determined at the sole discretion of Dogs on Deployment.
  • Behaving or acting in any way that creates a negative experience for a Dogs on Deployment Member, to be determined at the sole discretion of Dogs on Deployment.
  • Behaving or acting in any way that demonstrates a lack of courtesy or professionalism with any Dogs on Deployment Staff Member that may cause any difficulty providing the best customer service possible for a Dogs on Deployment Member, to be determined at the sole discretion of Dogs on Deployment.
  • Circumventing any measures implemented by us aimed at preventing violations of the Terms.

Dogs on Deployment expressly reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate a user's access to any interactive services and/or to any or all other areas of the Site due to any act that would constitute a violation of the Terms. In addition to violating the Terms, any of the foregoing actions on your part or on behalf of any entity you are employed or otherwise acting as an agent for constitutes intentional, unauthorized access of a protected computer, may constitute a violation of state and federal law, including, but not limited to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (18 U.S.C. § 1030), and may potentially subject you and any affiliated parties to civil liability and criminal prosecution.

Links to Third Party Websites

The Site may contain links or have references to websites controlled by parties other than Dogs on Deployment. Dogs on Deployment is not responsible for and does not endorse or accept any responsibility for the contents or use of these third party websites. It is your responsibility to take precautions to ensure that whatever you select for your use is free of viruses or other items of an intrusive nature.

Limitation of Liability and Release

AS A MEMBER OF DOGS ON DEPLOYMENT, YOU AGREE NOT TO HOLD DOGS ON DEPLOYMENT OR ITS AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS OR THIRD PARTY PROVIDERS LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGE, SUITS, CLAIMS, AND/OR CONTROVERSIES (COLLECTIVELY, "LIABILITIES") THAT HAVE ARISEN OR MAY ARISE, WHETHER KNOWN OR UNKNOWN, RELATING TO YOUR USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICES OR SITE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY LIABILITIES ARISING IN CONNECTION WITH (A) ANY INSTRUCTION, ADVICE, ACT OR SERVICE PROVIDED BY DOGS ON DEPLOYMENT OR ITS AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS OR THIRD PARTY PROVIDERS, (B) ANY DESTRUCTION OF YOUR INFORMATION, (C) ANY DISPUTE WITH ANY OTHER USER OF THE SITE, (D) DOD BOARDER’S FAILURE TO PROVIDE PET BOARDING SERVICES OR PROVISION OF INCOMPLETE OR POOR SERVICES, (E) ANY INJURIES OR HARM SUFFERED BY YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS, FRIENDS OR OTHER UNRELATED PARTIES), (F) ANY INJURIES OR HARM SUFFERED BY ANY DOGS OR OTHER PETS, (G) ANY DAMAGE OR HARM TO REAL OR PERSONAL PROPERTY, OR (H) ANY OTHER CONDUCT, ACT OR OMISSION OF ANY OTHER PARTY, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION STALKING, HARASSMENT THAT IS SEXUAL OR OTHERWISE, ACTS OF PHYSICAL VIOLENCE, OR DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL DOGS ON DEPLOYMENT OR ITS AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS OR THIRD PARTY PROVIDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES THAT RESULT FROM YOUR USE OR INABILITY TO USE THIS SITE OR THE PET BOARDING SERVICES, INCLUDING YOUR RELIANCE ON ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM THIS SITE THAT RESULTS IN MISTAKES, OMISSIONS, INTERRUPTIONS, DELETION OR CORRUPTION OF FILES, VIRUSES, DELAYS IN OPERATING OR TRANSMISSIONS, OR ANY FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE. THE FOREGOING LIMITATION OF LIABILITY SHALL APPLY IN ANY ACTION, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT OR ANY OTHER CLAIM, EVEN IF AN AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF DOGVACAY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF OR SHOULD HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. BY YOUR USE OF THIS SITE, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THIS PARAGRAPH SHALL APPLY TO ALL CONTENT, GOODS AND SERVICES AVAILABLE THROUGH THIS SITE, EXCEPT WHERE THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES IS PROHIBITED BY LAW.