Houndtowne Terms of Use

Version 1.0
Effective Date: December 15, 2016
Last Updated Date: December 15, 2016

Houndtowne, Inc., (“Houndtowne”, “we”, “our”) offers a service that facilitates the adoption process between animal shelters and potential adopters like you (for the purposes of this Terms of Use you will be referred to as “you”). This Terms of Use Agreement (“Terms of Use”) governs your use of and access to Services (defined below).



Your use of, and participation in, certain Services may be subject to additional terms (“Supplemental Terms”) and such Supplemental Terms will either be listed in these Terms of Use or will be presented to you for your acceptance when you sign up to use the supplemental Service. If these Terms of Use are inconsistent with such Supplemental Terms, the Supplemental Terms shall control with respect to such Service. These Terms of Use and any applicable Supplemental Terms are referred to herein as the “Terms.”

Please note that these Terms are subject to change by Houndtowne in its sole discretion at any time. You will be presented with the updated Terms the next time you make a transaction through the Services. Houndtowne may require you to provide consent to the updated Terms in a specified manner before further use of the Services is permitted. If you do not agree to any change(s) after receiving a notice of such change(s), you shall stop using the Services. Otherwise, your continued use of the Services constitutes your acceptance of such change(s).

We know that your privacy is important. For this reason, we have created a privacy policy that describes our collection, use and disclosure practices regarding any personal information that you provide to us. You may can find our privacy policy at this link: https://www.shelterluv.com/privacy

1. ACCOUNTS. In order to access certain features and functions of the Services, you may be required to create an “Account”. When creating your Account, you must provide us with true, accurate, current and complete information for your Account and/or Orders (defined below). If we believe or suspect that your information is not true, accurate, current or complete, we may deny or terminate your access to the Services (or any portion thereof). You understand and acknowledge that we will collect, store or use certain data and information that you provide to us when you create an Account. If you set up an Account, you are required to provide your name and email address and select a password [Note: Confirm.] (collectively, your “Account Information”), which you may not transfer to or share with any third parties. If someone accesses our Services using your Account Information, we will rely on that Account Information and will assume that it is you or your representative who is accessing the Services. You are solely responsible for any and all use of your Account Information and all Orders and activities that occur under or in connection with the Account. Without limiting any rights which we may otherwise have, we reserve the right to take any and all action, as we deem necessary or reasonable, to ensure the security of the Services or your Account, including without limitation terminating your Account, changing your password, or requesting additional information to authorize transactions on your Account. You agree to be responsible for any act or omission of any users that access the Services under your Account Information that, if undertaken by you, would be deemed a violation of these Terms. In no event and under no circumstances will Houndtowne be held liable to you for any liabilities or damages resulting from or arising out of (i) any action or inaction of Houndtowne under this provision, (ii) any compromise of the confidentiality of your Account or password, and (iii) any unauthorized access to your Account or use of your password. You may not use anyone else's Account at any time, without the permission of the Account holder. Please notify us immediately if you become aware that your Account Information is being used without authorization. You agree not to register for more than one Account, register for an Account on behalf of an individual other than yourself without such individual’s authorization, or register for an Account on behalf of any group or entity.

2. OWNERSHIP. You understand and acknowledge that the software, code, proprietary methods and systems used to provide the Services (“Our Technology”) are: (i) copyrighted by us and/or our licensors under United States and international copyright laws; (ii) subject to other intellectual property and proprietary rights and laws; and (iii) owned by us or our licensors. Our Technology may not be copied, modified, reproduced, republished, posted, transmitted, sold, offered for sale, or redistributed in any way without our prior written permission and the prior written permission of our applicable licensors. You must abide by all copyright notices, information, or restrictions contained in or attached to any of Our Technology. Nothing in these Terms of Use grants you any right to receive delivery of a copy of Our Technology or to obtain access to Our Technology except as generally and ordinarily permitted through the Services according to these Terms of Use. Furthermore, nothing in these Terms of Use will be deemed to grant, by implication, estoppel or otherwise, a license to Our Technology. Certain of the names, logos, and other materials displayed on Products or in the Services constitute trademarks, tradenames, service marks or logos (“Marks”) of Houndtowne or other entities. You are not authorized to use any such Marks. Ownership of all such Marks and the goodwill associated therewith remains with us or those other entities. Any use of third party software provided in connection with the Services will be governed by such third parties’ licenses and not by these Terms of Use. Subject to these Terms of Use, Houndtowne grants you a limited license to use the Services for your personal or non-commercial purposes. Unless otherwise specified by Houndtowne in a separate license, your right to use such materials that you access or download through the Services is subject to the Terms. As a part of the Services, you may have access to materials that are hosted by another party. You agree that it is impossible for Houndtowne to monitor such materials and that you access these materials at your own risk.

3. RULES REGARDING INFORMATION AND OTHER CONTENT. When you access the Services, you obtain access to various kinds of images, video, audio, data, and other information and materials, all of which we call “Content.” You agree not to revise Content posted by others, and you represent and warrant that you will not use any Content in any manner that: Infringes the copyright, trademark, trade secret, or other intellectual property or proprietary right of others; Violates the privacy, publicity, or other rights of third parties or any other law, statute, ordinance or regulation; Is false or inaccurate or becomes false or inaccurate at any time; Is discriminatory, unlawful, tortious, obscene, fraudulent, defamatory, harmful, threatening, pornographic, indecent, vulgar, harassing, discourteous, hateful, abusive or racially, ethnically, religiously, sexually or otherwise offensive, as determined by us in our sole discretion; Discloses or provides information protected under any law, agreement or fiduciary relationship, including but not limited to proprietary or confidential information of others; Misrepresents your identity in any way; Contains any viruses, Trojan horses, spyware. malware, worms, time bombs, cancelbots, or other disabling devices or other harmful component intended to damage, detrimentally interfere with, surreptitiously intercept or expropriate any system, data or personal information; Advocates or encourages any illegal activity; or Has the potential to create liability for us or cause us to violate the requirements of or to lose the services, in whole or in part, of our Internet service providers or other suppliers. Though we strive to enforce these rules with all of our users, you may be exposed through the Services to Content that violates our policies or is otherwise offensive. You access the Services at your own risk. We may, but are not obligated to, remove Content from the Services for any reason, including if we determine or suspect that such Content violates these Terms of Use. We are merely acting as a passive conduit for such distribution and we take no responsibility for your exposure to Content through the Services whether it violates our content policies or not.

4. ORDERS. These Terms of Use shall govern any order you make through the Services for Products (such order, an “Order”). Houndtowne currently only ships to addresses in the United States. When you place an Order, we or our fulfillment partner may confirm your address and details of your Order by sending an email to the email address you have provided. Your placement of an Order through our Services is an offer to purchase the Product(s) ordered and we may accept your Order by processing your payment and shipping the Product(s). Your receipt of an electronic or other form of Order confirmation does not signify our acceptance of your Order, nor does it constitute confirmation of our offer to sell. For any reason, we may decline to accept your Order or any part of your Order. No Order will be considered accepted by Houndtowne until the Product(s) has been shipped. [If some of Products in your Order are temporarily out of stock, we will ship the available Products only and notify you of any Products that cannot be fulfilled.] If we decline to accept your Order, we or our fulfillment partner will attempt to notify you at the email address you provided. We further reserve the right any time after receipt of your Order, without prior notice to you, to supply less than the quantity you ordered of any item. Your Order will be deemed accepted by Houndtowne upon our delivery of the Products that you have ordered. We may require additional verifications or information before accepting any Order. a. All Products shall be deemed accepted by you upon shipment, and title to, and risk of loss of, the Products passes to you when Houndtowne provides the Product(s) to a common carrier. Any estimated shipping date provided by Houndtowne is based on Product availability and payment processing time, and does not include transit time. b. YOU UNDERSTAND THAT ALL PRODUCTS ARE SOLD “AS IS” AND WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND INCLUDING THE IMPLIED WARRANTY OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. You voluntarily assume all risks associated with your use of the Products.

5. PAYMENTS. a. You agree to pay all fees or charges for Products purchased in accordance with the fees in effect at the time the fee or charge is due and payable, as indicated on the Services. To pay for an Order, you will need to provide Houndtowne with the information necessary to process an Order from you, including your shipping address and the billing information requested by the Services to pay for such Order. You may pay for your Order via credit card or any other manner then available through the Services. By submitting your payment information to us, you authorize us to charge the applicable payment method at our convenience but within thirty (30) days of credit card authorization. You represent that you will not use any credit card or other form of payment unless you have all necessary authorization to do so. We assume that because Orders require a valid credit card, only persons age 18 or over are placing Orders, and providing us with the information requested during the Order process. We shall not be liable in the event your children or others acting with or without your permission use your credit card or other means of payment to make purchases through our Services (and to the extent your minor children make any such purchases, you hereby represent and warrant that they are authorized to do so); however you may report any unauthorized use to us, and we will use reasonable measures within our control to help prevent future unauthorized use of your card. All prices for Products listed on the Services exclude shipping and handling or sales taxes, if applicable, which will be added to your total purchase price. You shall use the Product only for personal purposes and not for resale. b. You may have the opportunity to purchase a subscription to certain Products, such that the Products will be delivered to you automatically on a recurring basis. In the event you subscribe to such Products, your subscription will continue indefinitely until terminated. After your initial subscription period, and again after any subsequent subscription period, your subscription will automatically commence on the first day following the end of such period (each a “Renewal Commencement Date”) and continue for an additional equivalent period, at our then-current price for such subscription. You agree that your Account will be subject to this automatic renewal feature unless you cancel your subscription at least (a) thirty (30) days prior to the Renewal Commencement Date (or in the event that you receive a notice from Company that your subscription will be automatically renewed, you will have thirty (30) days from the date of notice), by logging into and going to the “Account Settings” page. [Note to Houndtowne: Please confirm.] If you do not wish certain Products to renew automatically, or if you want to change or terminate your subscription, please contact Company at [include phone number and/or email address] or log in and go to the “Account Settings” page. By subscribing, you authorize us to charge your credit card that you provide us now, and again at the beginning of any subsequent subscription period. Upon renewal of your subscription, if we do not receive payment from your payment provider, (i) you agree to pay all amounts due on your Account upon demand, and/or (ii) you agree that we may either terminate or suspend your subscription and continue to attempt to charge your payment provider until payment is received (upon receipt of payment, your subscription will be activated and for purposes of automatic renewal, your new subscription commitment period will begin as of the day payment was received).

6. PROMOTIONAL OFFERS. We may run promotional offers from time to time through the Services. The terms of any such promotion will be posted on the Services. Unless otherwise indicated, we may establish and modify, in our sole discretion, the terms of such offer and end such offer at any point.

7. General Rules of User Conduct. It is our goal to make access to our Services a good experience for all of our users. You agree not to, and represent and warrant that you will not use, reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or exploit any portion of the Services, your use of the Services, or access to the Services for any purposes other than for which the Services are being provided to you, or do any of the following: Attempt to reverse engineer or jeopardize the correct functioning of the Services, or otherwise attempt to derive the source code of the software (including the tools, methods, processes, and infrastructure) that enables or underlies the Services; Attempt to gain access to secured portions of the Services to which you do not possess access rights; Upload or transmit any form of virus, worm, Trojan horse, or other malicious code; Use any high volume automatic, electronic or manual process to access, search or harvest information from the Services (including without limitation robots, spiders or scripts); Interfere in any way with the proper functioning of the Services or interfere with or disrupt any servers or networks connected to the Services, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to the Services; or Impersonate any person or entity, or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity.

8. FEEDBACK. You acknowledge and agree that any feedback, comments or suggestions you may provide to Houndtowne regarding Houndtowne or the Services is entirely voluntary and Houndtowne is free to use such feedback, comments or suggestions as Houndtowne sees fit and without any obligation to you.

9. MODIFICATIONS TO THE SERVICES. We reserve the right to modify or discontinue the Services with or without notice to you. We will not be liable to you or any third party should we exercise our right to modify or discontinue the Services. You may need to update third-party software from time to time in order to use the Services. If you object to any such changes, your sole recourse will be to cease access to the Services. Continued access to the Services following notice of any such changes will indicate your acknowledgement of such changes and satisfaction with the Services as so modified. You agree that we, in our sole discretion, may immediately terminate your access to the Services at any time, for any reason, in our sole discretion. YOU AGREE THAT WE WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY OTHER PARTY FOR ANY TERMINATION OF YOUR ACCESS TO THE SERVICES.

10. THIRD PARTY CONTENT AND SERVICES. As a part of the Services, you may have access to Content or services made available by other users, suppliers, advertisers, and other third parties, or materials that are hosted by another party. You agree that it is impossible for Houndtowne to monitor such Content and materials and that you access the Content and materials at your own risk. To the extent you access a third-party service through our Services, the terms of use and privacy policy of that third-party service will govern your relationship with such third-party service, including any transactions and activities made through the third-party service.

11. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES. THE SERVICES AND ALL CONTENT AND PRODUCTS INCLUDED ON OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU THROUGH THIS SERVICES ARE PROVIDED BY HOUNDTOWNE “WITH ALL FAULTS” AND ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS, UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED IN WRITING. HOUNDTOWNE MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO THE OPERATION OF THE SERVICES OR THE CONTENT OR PRODUCTS INCLUDED ON, OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU THROUGH, THIS SERVICES, UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED IN WRITING, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR USE OR PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, QUIET ENJOYMENT, AND ACCURACY. YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. We make no warranty that the Products or Services will meet your requirements, or that the Services will be uninterrupted, timely, secure, or error free; nor do we make any warranty as to the results that may be obtained from the use of the Products or Services, or that defects in the Services will be corrected. No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by you from us through the Services, or otherwise will create any warranty, representation or guarantee not expressly stated in these Terms of Use.

12. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT WE ARE ONLY WILLING TO SELL THE PRODUCTS AND PROVIDE ACCESS TO THE SERVICES IF YOU AGREE TO CERTAIN LIMITATIONS OF OUR LIABILITY TO YOU AND TO THIRD PARTIES. YOU UNDERSTAND THAT TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT WILL WE OR OUR OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, DIRECTORS, PARENTS, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, AGENTS, LICENSORS OR SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF REVENUES, PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA, LOST OPPORTUNITIES, OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTIONS OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES (EVEN IF SUCH PARTIES WERE ADVISED OF, KNEW OF OR SHOULD HAVE KNOWN OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, AND NOTWITHSTANDING THE FAILURE OF ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OF ANY LIMITED REMEDY), ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO YOUR USE OF OR ACCESS TO, OR THE INABILITY TO USE OR TO ACCESS, THE THE SERVICES, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER SUCH DAMAGES ARE BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE AND STRICT LIABILITY), WARRANTY, STATUTE OR OTHERWISE. WE WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES ARISING FROM THE TRANSACTIONS BETWEEN YOU AND THIRD PARTY MERCHANTS OR FOR ANY INFORMATION APPEARING ON OR THROUGH THIRD PARTY MERCHANT SITES OR SERVICES OR ANY OTHER SITE LINKED TO OR SERVICES ACCESSED THROUGH OUR SERVICES. IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH ANY PORTION OF THE SERVICES, YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE USE OF THE SERVICES. OUR TOTAL LIABILITY FOR ALL CLAIMS ARISING FROM OR RELATED TO THE SERVICES IS LIMITED, IN AGGREGATE, TO ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($100). Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of certain warranties or the limitation or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages. Accordingly, some of the above limitations and disclaimers may not apply to you. To the extent that we may not, as a matter of applicable law, disclaim any implied warranty or limit liabilities, the scope and duration of such warranty and the extent of our liability will be the minimum permitted under such applicable law. Without limiting the foregoing, under no circumstances WILL WE or our licensors be held liable for any delay or failure in performance resulting directly or indirectly from acts of nature, forces, or causes beyond our reasonable control, including, without limitation, Internet failures, computer equipment failures, telecommunication equipment failures, other equipment failures, electrical power failures, strikes, labor disputes, riots, insurrections, civil disturbances, shortages of labor or materials, fires, floods, storms, explosions, acts of God, war, governmental actions, orders of domestic or foreign courts or tribunals, OR non-performance of third parties. Some states do not allow exclusion of implied warranties, so these exclusions may not apply in individual cases. You may have additional rights that vary from state to state. To the extent that we may not, as a matter of applicable law, disclaim any implied warranty, the scope and duration of such warranty will be the minimum permitted under such applicable law.

13. INDEMNIFICATION. You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Houndtowne, our parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, co-branders, suppliers, and other partners, employees, consultants and agents (“Houndtowne Parties”), from and against any and all third-party claims, liabilities, damages, losses, costs, expenses, fees (including reasonable attorneys' fees and court costs) that such parties may incur as a result of or arising from: (i) your use of the Products or Services (except to the extent prohibited by law); (ii) your violation of these Terms of Use; (iii) your violation of any rights of any other person or entity; or (iv) any viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, spyware, malware, cancelbots or other similar harmful or deleterious programming routines input by you into the Services. Houndtowne reserves the right, at its own cost, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, in which event you will fully cooperate with us in asserting any available defenses. You agree that the provisions in this section will survive any termination of your Account, the Terms or your access to the Services.

14. INTERNATIONAL USERS. The Services can be accessed from countries around the world and may contain references to services and Products that are not available in your country. These references do not imply that Houndtowne intends to announce such Services or Products in your country. The Services are controlled and offered by Houndtowne from its facilities in the United States of America. Houndtowne makes no representations that the Services or the Products are available for use in other locations. Those who access or use the Services from other jurisdictions do so at their own volition and are responsible for compliance with local law.

15. GENERAL. a. Assignment. These Terms, and your rights and obligations hereunder, may not be assigned, subcontracted, delegated, or otherwise transferred by you without Houndtowne’s prior written consent, and any attempted assignment, subcontract, delegation, or transfer in violation of the foregoing will be null and void. b. Dispute Resolution. If you believe that Houndtowne has not adhered to these Terms of Use, please contact Houndtowne by emailing us at admin@shelterluv.com. We will do our best to address your concerns. If you feel that your complaint has been addressed incompletely, we invite you to let us know for further investigation. c. Limitations Period. YOU AND HOUNDTOWNE AGREE THAT ANY CAUSE OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THESE TERMS OF USE, THE PRODUCTS OR THE SERVICES MUST COMMENCE WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR AFTER THE CAUSE OF ACTION ACCRUES. OTHERWISE, SUCH CAUSE OF ACTION IS PERMANENTLY BARRED. d. Arbitration Agreement; Class Waiver; Waiver of Trial by Jury. Please read this Section (“Arbitration Agreement”) carefully. It is part of your contract with Houndtowne and affects your rights. It contains procedures for MANDATORY BINDING ARBITRATION AND A CLASS ACTION WAIVER. i. Applicability of Arbitration Agreement. All claims and disputes in connection with these Terms or the use of any Product that cannot be resolved informally or in small claims court shall be resolved by binding arbitration on an individual basis under the terms of this Arbitration Agreement.  This Arbitration Agreement applies to you and Houndtowne, and to any subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, employees, predecessors in interest, successors, and assigns, as well as all authorized or unauthorized users or beneficiaries of services or goods provided under these Terms. ii. Arbitration Rules.  The Federal Arbitration Act governs the interpretation and enforcement of this dispute resolution provision. Arbitration shall be initiated through the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), an established alternative dispute resolution provider (“ADR Provider”) that offers arbitration as set forth in this section.  If AAA is not available to arbitrate, the parties shall agree to select an alternative ADR Provider.  The rules of the ADR Provider shall govern all aspects of this arbitration, including but not limited to the method of initiating and/or demanding arbitration, except to the extent such rules are in conflict with these Terms (“Arbitration Rules”). The AAA Consumer Arbitration Rules governing the arbitration are available online at www.adr.org or by calling the AAA at 1-800-778-7879.  The arbitration shall be conducted by a single, neutral arbitrator.  Any claims or disputes where the total amount of the award sought is less than Ten Thousand U.S. Dollars $10,000.00) may be resolved through binding non-appearance-based arbitration, at the option of the party seeking relief.  For claims or disputes where the total amount of the award sought is Ten Thousand U.S. Dollars (US $10,000.00) or more, the right to a hearing will be determined by the Arbitration Rules.  Any hearing will be held in a location within one hundred (100) miles of your residence, unless you reside outside of the United States (in which case the hearing will be held in San Francisco, California, unless the parties agree otherwise).  Any judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction. iii. Additional Rules for Non-appearance Based Arbitration. If non-appearance arbitration is elected as provided above, the arbitration shall be conducted by telephone, online and/or based solely on written submissions; the specific manner shall be chosen by the party initiating the arbitration.  The arbitration shall not involve any personal appearance by the parties or witnesses unless otherwise mutually agreed by the parties. iv. Authority of Arbitrator.  The arbitrator will decide the rights and liabilities, if any, of you and Houndtowne, and the dispute will not be consolidated with any other matters or joined with any other cases or parties.  The arbitrator shall have the authority to grant motions dispositive of all or part of any claim. The arbitrator shall have the authority to award monetary damages and to grant any non-monetary remedy or relief available to an individual under applicable law, the Arbitration Rules, and these Terms.  The arbitrator shall issue a written award and statement of decision describing the essential findings and conclusions on which the award is based, including the calculation of any damages awarded.  The arbitrator has the same authority to award relief on an individual basis that a judge in a court of law would have.  The award of the arbitrator is final and binding upon you and Houndtowne.  v. Waiver of Jury Trial.  THE PARTIES HEREBY WAIVE THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL AND STATUTORY RIGHTS TO GO TO COURT AND HAVE A TRIAL IN FRONT OF A JUDGE OR A JURY, instead electing that all claims and disputes shall be resolved by arbitration under this Arbitration Agreement.  Arbitration procedures are typically more limited, more efficient and less costly than rules applicable in court and are subject to very limited review by a court.  In the event any litigation should arise between you and Houndtowne in any state or federal court in a suit to vacate or enforce an arbitration award or otherwise, YOU AND HOUNDTOWNE WAIVE ALL RIGHTS TO A JURY TRIAL, instead electing that the dispute be resolved by a judge. vi. Waiver of Class or Consolidated Actions.  ALL CLAIMS AND DISPUTES WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THIS ARBITRATION AGREEMENT MUST BE ARBITRATED OR LITIGATED ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS AND NOT ON A CLASS BASIS, AND CLAIMS OF MORE THAN ONE CONTRIBUTOR CANNOT BE ARBITRATED OR LITIGATED JOINTLY OR CONSOLIDATED WITH THOSE OF ANY OTHER CONTRIBUTOR. In the event that this subparagraph is deemed invalid or unenforceable neither you nor we are entitled to arbitration and instead claims and disputes shall be resolved in a court located in Los Angeles County, California. vii. Confidentiality. No part of the procedures shall be open to the public or the media. All evidence discovered or submitted at the hearing is confidential and may not be disclosed, except by written agreement of the parties, pursuant to court order or unless required by law.  This paragraph shall not prevent a party from submitting to a court of law any information necessary to enforce this Arbitration Agreement, to enforce an arbitration award, or to seek injunctive or equitable relief. viii. Severability. If any part or parts of this Arbitration Agreement are found under the law to be invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, then such specific part or parts shall be of no force and effect and shall be severed and the remainder of the Arbitration Agreement shall continue in full force and effect. ix. Right to Waive.  Any or all of the rights and limitations set forth in this Arbitration Agreement may be waived by the party against whom the claim is asserted.  Such waiver shall not waive or affect any other portion of this Arbitration Agreement. x. Survival of Agreement. This Arbitration Agreement will survive the termination of your relationship with Houndtowne. xi. Small Claims Court.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, either you or Houndtowne may bring an individual action in small claims court. xii. Courts.  In any circumstances where the foregoing Arbitration Agreement permits the parties to litigate in court, the parties hereby agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts located in San Francisco, California, for such purpose. e. Governing Law. The Terms and any action related thereto will be governed and interpreted by and under the laws of the State of California, consistent with the Federal Arbitration Act, without giving effect to any principles that provide for the application of the law of another jurisdiction. The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods does not apply to these Terms. f. Release. You hereby release the Houndtowne Parties and their successors from claims, demands, any and all losses, damages, rights, and actions of any kind, including personal injuries, death, and property damage, that is either directly or indirectly related to or arises from your use of the Services, including but not limited to, any interactions with or conduct of other users or third-party websites of any kind arising in connection with or as a result of the Terms or your use of the Services. If you are a California resident, you hereby waive California Civil Code Section 1542, which states, “A general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his favor at the time of executing the release, which, if known by him must have materially affected his settlement with the debtor.” g. Force Majeure. Houndtowne shall not be liable for any delay or failure to perform resulting from causes outside its reasonable control, including, but not limited to, acts of God, war, terrorism, riots, embargos, acts of civil or military authorities, fire, floods, accidents, strikes or shortages of transportation facilities, fuel, energy, labor or materials. h. Compliance. If you believe that Houndtowne has not adhered to the Terms, please contact Houndtowne by emailing us at admin@shelterluv.com. We will do our best to address your concerns. If you feel that your complaint has been addressed incompletely, we invite you to let us know for further investigation. i. Notice. Where Houndtowne requires that you provide an e-mail address, you are responsible for providing Houndtowne with your most current e-mail address. In the event that the last e-mail address you provided to Houndtowne is not valid, or for any reason is not capable of delivering to you any notices required/ permitted by the Terms, Houndtowne’s dispatch of the e-mail containing such notice will nonetheless constitute effective notice. You may give notice to Houndtowne at the following address: Houndtowne, Inc. 260 Crandon Blvd Ste 32 #3011, Key Biscayne, FL 33149. Such notice shall be deemed given when received by Houndtowne by letter delivered by nationally recognized overnight delivery service or first class postage prepaid mail at the above address. j. Waiver. Any waiver or failure to enforce any provision of the Terms on one occasion will not be deemed a waiver of any other provision or of such provision on any other occasion. k. Severability. If any provision of the Terms is, for any reason, held to be invalid or unenforceable, the other provisions of the Terms will remain enforceable, and the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed modified so that it is valid and enforceable to the maximum extent permitted by law. l. Entire Agreement. The Terms are the final, complete and exclusive agreement of the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersedes and merges all prior discussions between the parties with respect to such subject matter.