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General Statement

First and foremost, this community is intended to be fun, informative, and safe. As a member of the PawVillage community, you agree to adhere to the Code of Conduct and understand the Suspension Penalties set forth by the administrators of this community.

The Code of Conduct is a general guideline for acting responsibly within the community. While you are at the site and engaged in any form of communication, you should adhere to these simple guidelines.

  • Do not inhibit other users from using and enjoying the site and site-related services.
  • Do not post or transmit any fraudulent, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, or otherwise objectionable or personally harmful information of any kind.
  • Do not post materials in violation of another party's copyright or other intellectual property rights.
PawVillage reserves the right to refuse to post or to remove any information or materials that are unacceptable, offensive, or in violation of this statement. PawVillage also reserves the right to prohibit any user who violates the Code of Conduct or other Terms of the agreement from using the site and site-related services without warning.

If you have any questions or comments about the Code of Conduct, please email

Terms of Use

PawVillage provides this site and related services subject to your compliance with all applicable laws and regulations governing the site, and the conditions set forth in these Terms. Please read these Terms thoroughly prior to accessing or using the site. PawVillage reserves the right to change, modify, or update these Terms at any time. You agree to be bound by such changes, modifications, or updates effective immediately upon posting on the site. If you do not agree to be bound by these Terms, please do not use the site.

Permitted Use.
All content, including text, images, and other materials, on the site is provided for general entertainment and information purposes only and should not be construed as medical, legal, or professional advice, opinion, or treatment. Information provided is not a substitute for medical attention or advice provided by a licensed veterinary healthcare professional. You are only authorized to view, download, retain, store or output a copy of pages of this site for your own personal, noncommercial use. Content of this site may not be reproduced in any edited form. Do not duplicate, publish, modify, transmit, distribute, display, or create derivative works of the content on this site without the express written permission of PawVillage. The content and software on this site is the property of PawVillage and/or its suppliers and is protected by U.S. and international copyright laws. Please do not remove the legal notice or credits posted on pages of the site, or any additional information contained along with the notices and credits. PawVillage shall not be liable or responsible to any person or entity for any loss or damage caused, or alleged to have been caused, directly or indirectly by the information or ideas contained, suggested, or referenced on this site. Your use of this site therefore is solely at your own risk.

Code of Conduct.
While using the site and/or site-related services, you agree not to:

  • Restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying the site and/or site-related services;
  • Post or transmit any unlawful, fraudulent, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, or otherwise objectionable or harmful information of any kind;
  • Post or transmit any information or software that contains a virus, worm, trojan horse, or other disruptive or harmful component; or
  • Post or transmit materials in violation of another party's copyright or other intellectual property rights.
PawVillage has no obligation to monitor the site and/or site-related services. However, you acknowledge and agree that PawVillage has the right to monitor the site and site-related services and to disclose any information necessary to operate the site properly, to protect themselves and their sponsors and customers, and to comply with legal obligations or governmental requests.

Copyright and Trademarks.
Copyright 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 PawVillage, all rights reserved.

The information contained in this site, including all text, graphics, images, designs and photographs not contributed as personal information or User content are copyrights, trademarks and other intellectual property of PawVillage or its parent, affiliate or subsidiary companies, or its licensors or content providers, and is protected by U.S. and international copyright and trademark laws. The compilation of all content on this web site is the exclusive property of PawVillage. "PawVillage", "", the "" logo, "Online Pedigree Database", the "Online Pedigree Database" logo, "connecting the purebred canine community", "Australian Shepherds Online", the "Australian Shepherds Online" logo, and all trademarks, service marks, and trade names appearing on the site are trademarks of and copyrighted by PawVillage of Mendon, Massachusetts or their respective owners that have granted PawVillage the right to use such marks.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act

1. If you are a copyright owner and believe that any user content or other content on PawVillage infringes upon your copyrights, you may submit a notification pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") by providing us with the following information in writing:

  • A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;
  • Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site;
  • Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled and information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the material;
  • Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact you, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which you may be contacted;
  • A statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;
  • A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;

To file a notice of infringement with us, you must provide written communication by email that includes the items listed above. Send the written communication to:

By email:

Your notice will be forwarded to the person who provided the allegedly infringing content. If you fail to comply with all of the requirements listed above, your DMCA notice may not be valid.

2. Counter-Notice: Pursuant to sections 512(g)(2) and (3) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"), you may make a counter notification if your content was removed due to a DMCA notice. You may file a counter notice by providing us with the following information in writing:
  • Your physical or electronic signature.
  • Identification of the content that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the content appeared before it was removed or disabled.
  • A statement that you have a good faith belief that the content was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or a misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled.
  • Your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and a statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the federal court in Worcester County, Massachusetts, and a statement that you will accept service of process from the person who provided notification.

For a sample counter notification, please visit If we receive a counter notice, we may send a copy to the person who provided notification of alleged copyright infringement informing that person that it may replace the removed material in 10 business days, unless we first receive notice from the copyright owner that such person has filed an action seeking a court order to restrain the subscriber from engaging in infringing activity.

User Content.
There are many opportunities for users to contribute to the website. These include, among others, contributing content such as pedigree information, photos, articles, links or other materials to the site. PawVillage is not liable or responsible for any content provided by its users or other third parties to the site ("User content"). PawVillage is not liable or responsible for any errors or omissions or for the results obtained from the use of such content. The contributions of third parties do not necessarily represent the view or opinions of PawVillage. PawVillage cannot preview User content before it appears, and do not guarantee the accuracy of completeness of such content. Users can be held liable for any illegal or prohibited User content they provide to the site, including among other things, infringing, defamatory, and/or offensive materials. However, if you discover this kind of material on the site, please notify us at We will investigate your claim and take appropriate action. If you post any original content to the site, by electronic mail or otherwise, we will treat it as non- confidential and non-proprietary to you.

By posting, transmitting, or submitting content or other materials to the site, you agree to provide PawVillage an irrevocable, non-exclusive, worldwide license to distribute, reproduce, adapt, perform, display, and sublicense or otherwise use the posted or transmitted content or materials, in connection with the Web site and any other media now known or hereafter discovered, and you hereby acknowledge that you have the authority to grant such rights to PawVillage. PawVillage is not liable for any lost data resulting from the operation of our site and/or the enforcement of the Terms. We urge all users to maintain their own back up versions of any content they submit to the site.

External Links.
The site may contain references or links to third party sites throughout the World Wide Web. PawVillage has no control over these sites, their availability, or the content within them. PawVillage cannot guarantee, represent or warrant that the content contained in these sites is accurate, legal and/or inoffensive. PawVillage does not endorse the content of any third party site, nor can we warrant that they will not contain viruses or otherwise impact your computer. You acknowledge that the owners of these sites neither endorse nor are affiliated with PawVillage. By using the site to search for or link to another site, you agree and acknowledge that PawVillage is not responsible for any damages or losses, whatsoever, resulting from your use of the site to obtain such information. However, if you have a problem with a link from the site, please let us know at and we will investigate the link and take appropriate action.

You acknowledge that, when you click on a link to visit a third party web site, a frame may appear that contains the PawVillage logo, advertisements, and/or other content selected by PawVillage.

Prohibited Content.
The following is a partial list of the kind of content which is illegal or prohibited on the site. It includes content that:

  • Is patently offensive, such as content promoting racism, bigotry, hatred or violence of any kind against any group, individual, or animal;
  • Is harmful to minors;
  • Harasses or advocates harassment of another person;
  • Involves the transmission of unsolicited mass mailing;
  • Promotes information that you know is false, misleading, or promotes illegal activities or conduct, is abusive, threatening, obscene, defamatory or libelous;
  • Is or promotes an illegal or unauthorized copy of another person's work, such as providing pirated computer programs or links to them, provides information to circumvent manufacture-installed copy-protect devices; providing pirated content or links to pirated content files;
  • Contains restricted, hidden, or password only access pages or images;
  • Displays pornographic material of any kind;
  • Provides material that exploits people under the age of 18 in a sexual or violent manner, or solicits personal information from anyone under 18;
  • Provides instructional information about illegal activities such as making or buying illegal weapons; violating someone's privacy; providing or creating computer viruses;
  • Solicits passwords, personal identifying information for commercial or unlawful purposes from other users;
  • Engages in commercial activities and/or sales without PawVillage's prior written consent such as contests, sweepstakes, barter, advertising, pyramid schemes, etc.
PawVillage reserves the right to refuse to post or to remove any information or materials, in whole or in part, that are unacceptable, offensive, or in violation of these Terms. PawVillage also reserves the right to prohibit any user who, in PawVillage's sole discretion, violates the Code of Conduct or other conditions of these Terms from using the site and/or site-related services. Such prohibition may occur without notice to the user.

Making Purchase.
If you wish to license or make purchases of products or services described on the site, you may be asked to supply certain information, including but not limited to credit card or other payment information. You agree that all information that you provide will be accurate, complete, and current. You agree to pay all charges incurred by users of your account and credit care or other payment mechanism at the prices in effect when such charges are incurred. You will also be responsible for paying any applicable taxes relating to such purchases. Moreover, you agree to review and to comply with the terms and conditions of any specific agreement that you enter into in connection with the licensing or purchase of any product or service.

The prices advertised on this site are for Internet orders. Prices, inventory and availability are subject to change without notice. We reserve the right to limit sales, including also the right to refuse sales to re-sellers. We are not responsible for typographical or photographic errors on the site.

Void Where Prohibited.
Although the site is accessible worldwide, not all products and/or services discussed or referenced in the site are available to all persons or in all geographic locations or jurisdictions. PawVillage reserves the right to limit the provision of any product and/or service to any person, geographic area or jurisdiction it so desires, in their sole discretion, and to limit the quantities of any such product or service that they provide. Any offer for any product and/or service made in the site is void where prohibited.

Violation of the Terms.
In our sole discretion, PawVillage may terminate, suspend, or restrict your access to all or part of the site and remove any unauthorized User content, without notice, if PawVillage believes that the User content you provided has violated or is inconsistent with the Terms or with the intention behind them, or that you have violated the rights of PawVillage, another User, sponsor, merchant, or other third party, or any applicable law. PawVillage may release user information about you if required by law or subpoena, or if the information is necessary or appropriate to release to address an unlawful or harmful activity.

We believe that your privacy and the privacy of all our users is important. Please review our privacy policy. If you are 18 or under you should not post information about yourself on the site without the permission of a parent or guardian.

Important Disclaimers:
PawVillage does not warrant that the site will be error-free, uninterrupted, current, complete, nor that it will provide specific results from use of the site or any content, search or link on it. The site and its content are delivered on an "as-is" and "as-available" basis. PawVillage disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the site and its content, including also any implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and noninfringement. In no event will PawVillage be liable for any consequential, indirect, direct, incidental, special, exemplary, or punitive damages, however caused and under any theory of liability (including negligence), arising from or relating in any way to your use of the site, site-related services, and/or content or information contained within the site, even if PawVillage has been advised of the possibility of such damages. You assume total responsibility and risk for your use of this site and site-related services. Your sole remedy for dissatisfaction with the site, site- related services and/or content or information contained within the site is to stop using the site and/or those services.

You acknowledge that any warranty that is provided in connection with any of the products or services described herein is provided solely by the owner, advertiser, or manufacturer of that product and/or service, and not by PawVillage.

A possibility exists that the site could contain inaccuracies or errors. Additionally, a possibility exists that unauthorized additions, deletions, and/or alterations could be made to the site by third parties. Although PawVillage attempts to ensure the integrity and accurateness of the site, there is no guarantee whatsoever as to the correctness or accuracy of the site. In the event that an inaccuracy arises, please inform PawVillage staff so that it can be corrected.

This site is operated by PawVillage, a Massachusetts business, with offices in the United States. If there is any dispute about or involving the site, by using the site, you agree that the dispute will be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts without regard to its conflict of law provisions. You agree to personal jurisdiction by and venue in the state and federal courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, County of Worcester.

You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless PawVillage, it's subsidiaries, sponsors, affiliates, officers, agents and other partners and employees, from any loss, liability, claim or demand, including reasonable attorney's fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of your use of the site and/or site-related services, including also your use of the site to provide a link to another site or to upload content or other information to the site.

Contact Us.
If you have questions about these Terms or want to contact us for any reason you may do so by emailing us at


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