Privacy Policy

Effective date: September 13, 2018

Last updated: September 04, 2023

Lend A Helping Paw® Shih Tzu Rescue (“us”, “we”, or “our”) owns and operates the website (hereinafter referred to as the “Service”). The terms ‘you’ and ‘your’ refer to the user or viewer of this website.

This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of personal data when you use our Service and the choices you have associated with that data.

We use your data to provide and improve our Service. By using the Service, you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this policy. Unless otherwise defined in this Privacy Policy, the terms used in this Privacy Policy have the same meanings as in our Terms of Use.

Information Collection And Use

We collect several different types of information for various purposes to provide and improve our Service to you.

Types of Data Collected

Personal Data

While using our Service, you may provide us voluntarily with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you (“Personal Data”), such as when you send us an email, complete any of our online forms, request information from us, make a donation, subscribe to any of our online newsletters, register an account, or leave a comment on our website. Personally identifiable information may include, but is not limited to:

  • Email address
  • First name and last name
  • Address, State, Province, ZIP/Postal code, City
  • Telephone number
  • Cookies and Usage Data

Usage Data

We may also collect information about how the Service is accessed and used, including by or through a mobile device (“Usage Data”). This Usage Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol address (e.g. IP address), browser type, browser version, the pages of our Service that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data.

When you access the Service with a mobile device, this Usage Data may include information such as the type of mobile device you use, your mobile device unique ID, the IP address of your mobile device, your mobile operating system, the type of mobile Internet browser you use, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data.

Tracking & Cookies Data

We use cookies and similar tracking technologies to track the activity on our Service and hold certain information.

Cookies are files with small amount of data which may include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to your browser from a website and stored on your device. Tracking technologies also used are beacons, tags, and scripts to collect and track information and to improve and analyze our Service.

Examples of Cookies we may use:

  • Session Cookies. We use Session Cookies to operate our Service.
  • Preference Cookies. We use Preference Cookies to remember your preferences and various settings.
  • Security Cookies. We use Security Cookies for security purposes.

You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. You may also change below your consent to certain cookie categories our Service deploys. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Service. You can learn more about how to manage cookies in the Browser Cookies Guide.

For more information, please visit our Cookie Policy page.

Do Not Track

We do not respond to web browser Do Not Track (DNT) signals because currently an industry consensus or legal standard for recognizing or honoring DNT signals does not exist.

Use of Data

We use the collected data for various business purposes:

  • To provide and maintain the Service
  • To contact you by email, telephone calls, SMS, or other equivalent forms of electronic communication, such as a mobile application’s push notifications, regarding informative communications or updates related to the Service or us
  • To notify you about changes to our Service
  • To allow you to participate in interactive features of our Service when you choose to do so
  • To provide customer care and support
  • To provide analysis or valuable information so that we can improve the Service
  • To monitor the usage of the Service
  • To detect, prevent and address technical issues

Electronic Communications

We may send a newsletter and occasional nonprofit marketing updates to support our charitable and educational purposes. If you do not wish to receive any of these emails, you may opt-out by clicking on the opt-out link provided at the bottom of the applicable email.

Please note that you may not unsubscribe to transactional emails, such as, without limitation, acknowledgements we send to you after you make a donation or fill out an online form, or a password reset you request.

Donor Privacy Policy

This section of our Privacy Policy relates specifically to donors and applies to the collection of information on any platform, both online and offline, including any electronic, written or verbal communications.

For further information, please refer to our Donor Privacy Policy page.

Sale of Data to Third Parties

We do not sell, rent, lease, or otherwise trade your Personal Data and do not have any future plans to do so. In the previous twelve (12) months, we have not sold your Personal Data.

California Residents

For additional information, please visit our Do Not Sell My Personal Information page.

Residents of Other States With Privacy Laws

For additional information, please visit our U.S. State Privacy Laws page.

Retention of Data

We retain your Personal Data only for as long as is necessary for the purposes set out in this Privacy Policy. We retain and use your Personal Data to the extent necessary to support our Service, comply with our legal obligations (for example, if we are required to retain your data to comply with applicable laws), resolve disputes and enforce our legal agreements and policies.

We also retain Usage Data for internal analysis purposes. Usage Data is generally retained for a shorter period of time, except when this data is used to strengthen the security or to improve the functionality of our Service, or we are legally obligated to retain this data for longer periods.

Transfer Of Data

Your information, including Personal Data, may be transferred to — and maintained on — computers located outside of your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ than those from your jurisdiction.

If you are located outside United States and choose to provide information to us, please note that we transfer the data, including Personal Data, to United States and process it there.

Your consent to this Privacy Policy followed by your submission of such information represents your agreement to that transfer.

We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy and no transfer of your Personal Data will take place to an organization or a country unless there are adequate controls in place including the security of your data and other personal information.

Disclosure Of Data

Legal Requirements

We may disclose your Personal Data in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to:

  • To comply with a legal obligation
  • To protect and defend the rights or property of Lend A Helping Paw Shih Tzu Rescue
  • To prevent or investigate possible wrongdoing in connection with the Service
  • To protect the personal safety of users of the Service or the public
  • To protect against legal liability

Security Of Data

The security of your data is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Data, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

We make reasonable efforts to ensure a level of security appropriate to the risk associated with the processing of your Personal Data. We maintain organizational, technical and administrative measures designed to protect your Personal Data against unauthorized access, destruction, loss, alteration, or misuse. Your Personal Data is only accessible to a limited number of volunteers who need access to the information to perform their duties.

Service Providers

We may employ third party companies and individuals to facilitate our Service (“Service Providers”), to provide the Service on our behalf, to perform Service-related services or to assist us in analyzing how our Service is used.

These third parties have access to your Personal Data only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use it for any other purpose.


We may use third-party Service Providers to monitor and analyze the use of our Service.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a web analytics service offered by Google that tracks and reports website traffic. Our integration of Google Analytics anonymizes your IP address and is configured to not share data with other Google products and tools. Reports provided by Google Analytics aggregate this anonymous tracking data, allowing us to monitor usage of our Service through statistics such as the number of visitors to our website, the type of device they access our website from, the pages they look at, and the referral source.

For more information about the privacy practices of Google, please visit the Google Privacy & Terms web page:

Google reCAPTCHA

Based on our legitimate interest in protecting the Service from abusive automated activities and spam, we use the reCAPTCHA risk analysis feature of Google to distinguish whether an input on our Service (such as on an application or contact form) is made by a human or an automated program.

Additional information about Google reCAPTCHA and Google’s privacy policy can be found respectively at: and


Based on our legitimate interest in protecting the Service from abusive automated crawling and spam, we use the hCaptcha anti-bot service (hereinafter “hCaptcha”) provided by Intuition Machines, Inc. (“IMI”). hCaptcha is used to check whether the data entered on the Service (such as on a login page or contact form) has been entered by a human or by an automated program.

For more information about hCaptcha and IMI’s privacy policy and terms of use, please visit the following links: and


Based on our legitimate interest in protecting the Service from abusive automated crawling and spam, we use the Turnstile anti-bot service (hereinafter “Turnstile”) provided by Cloudflare. Turnstile is used to check whether the data entered on the Service (such as on a login page or contact form) has been entered by a human or by an automated program.

Additional information about Turnstile and Cloudflare’s privacy policy can be found respectively at: and


We may provide services and/or paid products within the Service. In that case, we may use third-party services for donation and payment processing on our behalf (e.g. payment processors).

We do not receive, collect or store your payment card details. That information is encrypted and provided directly to our third-party payment processors whose use of your personal information is governed by their Privacy Policy. These payment processors adhere to the standards set by PCI-DSS as managed by the PCI Security Standards Council, which is a joint effort of brands like Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover. PCI-DSS requirements help ensure the secure handling of payment information.

The payment processors we work with are:

Amazon Pay

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Links To Other Sites

Our Service may contain links to other sites that are not operated by us. If you click on a third party link, you will be directed to that third party’s site. We strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of every site you visit.

We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party sites or services.

Affiliate Links

Lend A Helping Paw Shih Tzu Rescue is a participant in the Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Pages on the Service may include affiliate links to Amazon and we may earn a referral commission at no extra cost to you should you make a qualifying purchase through these affiliate links.

Verifying, Changing, and Deleting Your Information

If the information you provided to us is incorrect or if you have an issue with the information that we have collected about you, you can contact us as detailed at the end of this Policy and ask us to change, update or fix your information in certain cases.

You can also request that we erase or delete all or some of your personal information or otherwise object to, limit, or restrict the use of such information (provided we have no legal right, or legitimate business interest, or otherwise justified need in retaining such information).  

We respond to verifiable consumer requests for disclosure of information collected and modification or deletion of such information. 

Children’s Privacy

Our Service does not address anyone under the age of 21 (“Children”).

We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 21. If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your Children has provided us with Personal Data, please contact us as detailed at the end of this Policy. If we become aware that we have collected Personal Data from children without verification of parental consent, we take steps to remove that information from our servers.

Changes To This Privacy Policy

We may update our Privacy Policy from time to time. You are advised to review this Privacy Policy periodically for any updates. Changes are effective when they are posted on this page, as signaled by the “Last updated” noted.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us via the Privacy Policy option.