Privacy Policy

Michigan Humane Society has created this Privacy Policy to explain why we collect particular information and how we will protect your personal privacy within our Web site. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for the Web site located at the URL

In order to fully understand your rights we encourage you to read this Privacy Policy as well as our Terms of Use. Michigan Humane Society reserves the right at any time and without notice to change this Privacy Policy simply by posting such changes on our Site. Any such change will be effective immediately upon posting.

Questions regarding this statement should be directed to Michigan Humane Society by sending an e-mail to Please reference this Privacy Policy in your subject line.

What Information We Collect and How We Use That Information

Our registration forms and donation forms require users to give us contact information that may include name, e-mail address, format preference (HTML vs. Text), address, interests, and similar information. This information can be updated by logging in. Requests for online accounts to be deleted can be done so from our Contact Us form. We do not request or store sensitive information from our visitors, such as credit card or social security numbers. The Michigan Humane Society does not sell or trade personal information (including email addresses) we collect from our constituents.

Internet Protocol Address

We collect an IP address from all visitors to our Site. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you use the Internet. We use IP addresses to help diagnose problems with our server, administer our Site, analyze trends, track users' movement, gather broad demographic information for aggregate use in order for us to improve the site, and deliver customized, personalized content. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

Use of "Cookies"

Our Site may use cookies to enhance your experience while using our Site. Cookies are pieces of information that some Web sites transfer to the computer that is browsing that Web site and are used for record-keeping purposes at many Web sites. Use of cookies makes Web-surfing easier by performing certain functions such as saving your passwords, your personal preferences regarding your use of the particular Web site and to make sure you don't see the same ad repeatedly. Many consider the use of cookies to be an industry standard.

Your browser is probably set to accept cookies. However, if you would prefer not to receive cookies, you can alter the configuration of your browser to refuse cookies. If you choose to have your browser refuse cookies, it is possible that some areas of our Site will not function properly when you view them.

Third party vendors, including Google, show Michigan Humane Society ads on sites on the internet. Third party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on a user's prior visits to

Users may opt out of Google's use of cookies by visiting the Google advertising opt-out page. (Alternatively you can opt out of a third party vendor's use of cookies by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative opt out page.)

Do I Have Control Over How My Information Is Used?

You may opt-out of receiving communications from us by sending an email to us at with your complete name, address and email address. Or you can log in to access your user profile to make any updates to your personal interests.

Opt In/Opt Out

If you no longer wish to receive our eNews and promotional communications, you may opt-out of receiving them by following the instructions included in each eNews or communication or by emailing us at We offer an opportunity to opt-out of certain communications on our interests page, or you may contact us at 248-283-1000, or by standard mail at:

Michigan Humane Society
ATTN: Web Developer
30300 Telegraph Road
Suite 220
Bingham Farms, MI 48025


All information provided to Michigan Humane Society is transmitted using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption. SSL is a proven coding system that lets your browser automatically encrypt, or scramble, data before you send it to us. We also protect account information by placing it on a secure portion of our Site that is only accessible by certain qualified employees of Michigan Humane Society. Unfortunately, however, no data transmission over the Internet is 100% secure. While we strive to protect your information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of such information.

If a user elects to use our referral service for informing a friend about our Site, we ask them for the friend's name and e-mail address. Michigan Humane Society will automatically send the friend a one-time e-mail inviting them to visit the Site. Michigan Humane Society stores this information for the sole purpose of sending this one-time e-mail.

Our Site contains links to other Web sites. Please note that when you click on one of these links, you are entering another Web site for which Michigan Humane Society has no responsibility. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on all such sites as their policies may be different than ours.

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this Site, or your dealings with this Site, you can contact:

Michigan Humane Society
30300 Telegraph Road
Suite 220
Bingham Farms, MI 48025

You can also send an e-mail to:

Why is an email address required to make an online donation?

An email address is required to make an online donation so a receipt with tax information can be sent to the donor. If you would not like to recieve MHS news and solicitaions via email in the future, there is a checkbox that you can un-check at the time of your donation.

PCI DSS Compliant

We are pleased to announce that online donations and other financial transactions completed through Convio powered pages on our website are PCI DSS compliant. PCI DSS is the payment card industry security requirement for entities that store, process or transmit cardholder data, and has been endorsed by all the major card brands — Visa Inc., MasterCard Worldwide, Discover Network, American Express and JCB. PCI DSS compliance gives consumers the confidence they need to know that organizations accepting electronic payments or donations are doing so in a verified, secure, and consistent fashion. Convio, our software provider for online marketing, fundraising and advocacy received Level 1 PCI compliance - the highest level validation. This means that the processes, procedures, network configuration and overall environment used to process your financial support of our organization have met the stringent guidelines of a third-party audit and are in compliance with the high standards set by the industry. This comprehensive standard is intended to help organizations such as ours proactively protect your account data a responsibility we take very seriously.


The Michigan Humane Society reserves the right to modify the Privacy Policy at any time by posting such change here. Your continued use of these websites after such change is made constitutes acceptance of and agreement to be bound by the Terms and Use as modified.

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Last Revised: October 28, 2015