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1. About www.scottishspca.org

www.scottishspca.org is the official website of the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Scottish SPCA). Scottish Charity No. SC 006467. Company Limited by Guarantee No. SC 201401. Registered Office: Kingseat Road, Halbeath, Dunfermline KY11 8RY.

2. About these terms and conditions

"We" and "us" refer to the Scottish SPCA. "You" refers to the user and/or browser of our website. By accessing www.scottishspca.org you are agreeing to the terms and conditions that appear below.

3. Copyright and trademarks

All material on this website is copyright of the Scottish SPCA or to third parties who have contributed material. You may view the contents on screen and are permitted to print one copy of or save reasonable extracts to your local hard disk from this website for your personal use or private study. Otherwise, no part of this website may be reproduced without first obtaining written permission from the Scottish SPCA. You can request written permission by emailing the Society or writing to our registered office.

If there is any conflict between these terms and conditions and any rules or specific terms of use appearing elsewhere on this website relating to specific material then those rules or specific terms shall prevail.

4. External links

scottishspca.org may contain hyperlinks to websites operated by third parties. We do not control such websites and take no responsibility for, and will not incur any liability in respect of, their content. Our inclusion of hyperlinks to such websites does not imply endorsement of views, statements or information contained in such websites.

5. Disclaimer

Please note that telephone and other connection charges may apply to your use of this website. For details of such charges you should contact your telephone company and internet service provider.

This website is not guaranteed to be free from viruses and it is strongly recommended that you check for such viruses before downloading it to your computer system.

The contents of this website are designed to comply with Scots Law. This website shall by governed by and constructed according to Scots Law and all parties irrevocably submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the Scottish Courts.

This website is not intended to be accessed by persons from countries with laws which may construe its content as being contrary to their laws. Persons subject to such laws shall not be entitled to use this website unless they can satisfy us that such use would be lawful.

6. Our liability to you

This website's content is for your general information and use only and is not intended to address your particular requirements. In particular, the content does not constitute any form of advice, recommendation or arrangement by us and is not intended to be relied upon by users in making any decisions. In particular, if you have any concerns about your animal's health you should consult a vet.

Nothing on this website is intended to be an offer to enter into a contract or other binding obligation with you.

7. Privacy policy

Information about you gathered by us via this website or by any other means will be kept in reasonable security by the Scottish SPCA for the purposes specified on the relevant form and for sending you information about our activities. We will not pass on the data to any third parties. All personal data collected by us will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1997. The Scottish SPCA is the data controller for the purposes of this Act.

7.1 Cookies

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task
  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are fast

Our use of cookies

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Cookies for improving service

Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. This to ensure that the service is available when you want it and fast.


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For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to the Google Code website.

Changing your preferences

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8. Online donations

All online donations to the Scottish SPCA are processed through World Pay.

9. Refunds policy

If you change your mind about a donation or membership and would like a refund you must apply within seven days of the initial transaction. You will need to provide full details of your transaction and show a copy of the ‘digital receipt' emailed to you as confirmation of your donation. If your request does not contain all of the required information we may not be able to grant a refund.

If you have previously requested two or more donations to be refunded we reserve the right not to refund any subsequent donations.

10. Alteration of terms and conditions

We reserve the right to alter these terms and conditions when updating and upgrading this website.