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The Gingerbread House Sanctuary & Rescue℠ (“GBH,” “we,” and “us”) has created this Privacy Notice and Policy (“Privacy Policy”) in order to demonstrate our commitment to protecting the personal information of (a) users of the GBH website (“Site”) or the online services, systems or applications of GBH (collectively, “Services”); (b) our existing and prospective clients, and their personnel, users and representatives; and (c) any other individuals from whom we collect personal data during the course of our business activities. Such persons can include adopters, volunteers, sponsors, and/or partners with whom we are currently doing business, third parties with whom our adopters, volunteers, sponsors, and/or partners have a relationship, or visitors to our Site seeking information about our rescue or who are interested in adopting, volunteering, sponsoring, and/or partnering with us.

This Privacy Policy describes the personal data GBH collects, how we use your personal data, with whom we may share such data, and how you can contact us, access your personal data, and exercise your rights regarding our use of your personal data. As used in this Privacy Policy, “personal data” means data that identifies, relates to, describes, or that could be linked to a particular identified or identifiable natural person. By using or accessing the GBH Website, using GBH Services, or otherwise providing personal data to GBH, you signify your acknowledgment and assent to this Privacy Policy. 

Changes to Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy may be updated periodically and without prior notice to you to reflect changes in our personal data practices. We will post the updated version on the Site and indicate at the top of the Notice when it was most recently updated. We encourage you to periodically review our posted Privacy Policy for the latest information on our privacy practices. Any modifications to this Privacy Policy will be effective upon our posting or notification of the new terms, and your continued use of the Site, Services or our other products and services thereafter indicates acceptance of the modified Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to any part of a modified Privacy Policy, then you must stop accessing the Site and Services.

Data Collection

We may collect personal data from you directly such as from adoption applications, volunteer applications, foster applications, surrender applications, donate forms, contact forms, or other forms, from forms on the Site or Services; from surveys; in connection with an audit; when you submit a query to us; or from other communications with us. We may also collect information about you from individuals and/or entities whom you have authorized to act on your behalf and/or to provide information about you, and in connection with your transactions with us, any of our affiliates or others. Where permissible by applicable law, we may also collect personal information from publicly available sources. Such personal data may include, among other things:

  • Identification data (e.g., name, date of birth, social security number, tax identification number, driver’s license number)
  • Contact data (e.g., legal address, mailing address, email address, phone numbers, email addresses)
  • Employment data (e.g., title, occupation, employer name and address, work schedule)
  • Financial data (e.g., bank account information, credit card information)

Use and Processing of Personal Data

We use and process your personal data for reasonable and legitimate business purposes, to perform and fulfill our contractual obligations to you, and to comply with legal obligations, including for the following purposes:

  • Contacting you regarding business transactions and information related to your affiliation with GBH.
  • Contacting you regarding future adoption, volunteer, sponsorship, and partnership opportunities, and changes in our activities, products and services, as permitted by applicable law.
  • Performing business and administrative processes related to your affiliation with GBH.
  • Developing, enhancing, and improving our products and services.
  • Monitoring our processes.
  • Administering and managing our relationship with you.
  • Evaluating, reviewing, approving, or entering into potential contractual arrangements.
  • Enhancing the security of our network and information systems.
  • Understanding and monitoring how people interact with our Site and Services.
  • Complying with our obligations under applicable law, industry guidelines and internal policies.

We do not use your personal data without a lawful basis, or for purposes contrary to this Privacy Policy, without your consent.

Sharing of Personal Data

In connection with the purposes above, we may share your personal data with third parties in the following circumstances:

  • We may share your personal data with third-party companies that perform services on our behalf, facilitate formation of electronic contracts, process donations, or assist us in reaching out to clients (collectively, “Service Providers”), including the third-party operator of the Site (the “Site Operator”).
  • We may disclose your personal data as required (or requested by law enforcement) and permitted by law or regulation, including in response to a subpoena or to respond to an emergency situation.
  • We may disclosure your personal data in limited circumstances to perform background checks as agreed to in GBH applications and contracts.
  • We reserve the right to disclose personal data in special cases when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact, or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury or interference with (either intentionally or unintentionally) our rights or property or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities.
  • In the event GBH or its affiliates or their assets are sold, merged or otherwise involved in a corporate transaction, your personal data will likely be transferred as part of that transaction – we reserve the right to transfer your personal data without your consent in such a situation; provided that we will make reasonable efforts to see that your privacy preferences are honored by the transferee.

Outside of the limited exceptions above, GBH will not share your personal information with third parties unless you have specifically requested that information be released to them or have otherwise consented to such sharing.

Usage Information

Our systems and servers may collect general data pertaining to your use of the Site and Services, including info about the mobile devices and programs which you use to access such offerings (“Usage Information”).

Usage Information can include: the name of the domain and host from which you access the Internet; the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the device you are using; the browser software and operating system you are using; mobile device type, device operating system, device settings, the date and time of access (including the length of time spent, the pages accessed while visiting, links clicked, and number of visits, and country of origin); and the address of the Internet site from which you have arrived at our Site or Services. This Usage Information is collected to help us manage and administer our Site, Services and systems, improve the content of our products and services, and customize and improve user experience. Usage Information is gathered using the following methods: (1) cookies, (2) tags/beacons, (3) third-party website analytics tools (such as, but not limited to, Google® Analytics and Google Tag Manager), and (4) general detection and use of your internet protocol (IP) address or domain name.

Cookies. We may collect Usage Information through the use of “cookies,” which are small text files that are saved by your browser or device that serve a number of purposes, such as remembering your preferences (e.g., language) and generally improving your user experience. We (and our third-party analytics providers, such as Google® Analytics) may use both session cookies and persistent cookies to gather analytics about our Site and Services, including Usage Information and demographic information in a non-identifiable form, in order to monitor usage and traffic, improve performance and customize users’ experience. Although most browsers automatically accept cookies, you can change your browser options to stop automatically accepting cookies or to prompt you before accepting cookies. Please note, however, that if you don’t accept cookies, you may not be able to access all portions or features of our Site or Services. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by our Site and Services but does not cover the use of cookies by any Service Providers for the Site (including Google Analytics and the Site Operator). Such Service Providers may employ cookies, device identifiers, or similar technologies to collect their own Usage Information which will be governed by the applicable third-party’s privacy policy. Please review “How Google uses data when you use our partners’ sites or apps” for information about how Google uses information collected through Google Analytics and how you may refuse the use of cookies.

Beacons. We may also employ, and/or our Service Providers may employ, software technology called tags or web beacons (a.k.a. pixel tags or clear gifs), that help us better manage Site and Services content and communications by informing us what content is effective and how it is used. These beacons (or other tracking technology) may also be included in or associated with emails or other communications that you receive from us (or our partners) in order to help us track your response and interests and to deliver you relevant content and services.

Use of Aggregate and Non-Personally Identifying Information

We may anonymize, pseudonymize, aggregate or de-personalize personal data and/or Usage Information to create non-personally identifiable information (“Anonymized Data”). We may freely disclose and use Anonymized Data and other non-personally-identifying information for industry analysis, statistical purposes, demographic profiling, marketing and advertising, and other business purposes (which may include reporting on trends in the usage of Sites or Services).

Transfer of Personal Data

All personal data that you provide to us in connection with the Sites and Services will be processed and maintained by us on servers in the United States, and it may also be transferred by us to Service Providers within the United States or elsewhere, including to the Site Operator. We may transfer the personal data we collect about you to recipients in countries other than the country in which the information originally was collected. Those countries may not have the same data protection laws as the country in which you initially provided the information. Where we transfer personal data outside of the U.S. to other members of GBH or our service providers, we will ensure that our arrangements with them are governed by data transfer agreements, designed to ensure that your personal data is protected. By agreeing to this Privacy Policy, you consent to such transfer of your personal data.

Retention of Personal Data

GBH will retain your personal data for as long as your relationship is active and as reasonably needed to maintain business records for audit purposes, meet regulatory requirements, defend or bring potential legal claims, and respond to post-termination inquiries. In addition, personal data may be retained for such additional time as may be required under applicable law, including record retention requirements. If you wish to request that we no longer use your personal data to provide you with products or services, contact us using the contact information provided below.


GBH maintains appropriate physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards and controls to help to protect against the loss, misuse, alteration and unauthorized disclosure of personal data in our possession or under our control. Although we take appropriate measures to safeguard against unauthorized disclosure of person data, no assurances can be provided that personal data that we process will never be disclosed in a manner that is inconsistent with this Privacy Policy.

Third-Party Offerings, Social Media Functionality, and Interest-based Advertising

Our Site and Services may provide links to other external websites (such as, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram) or services, including to GBH affiliates, and may also include social media features such as the Facebook “like” button, widgets such as the “share this” button, and other social media functionality, such as that provided by Add This. These third-party sites and features may collect your personal data and track your use of our Site or Services. We are not responsible for the data collection or privacy practices of those third-party offerings and social media features, and this Privacy Policy does not cover any such collection activities. We do not control the use of cookies (or the resulting information) collected by such third parties. Users are advised to review the privacy policies of those websites and features for information before use.

You may see our ads on other websites or mobile apps because we participate in advertising networks. Ad networks allow us to target our messaging to users by considering demographic data, users’ inferred interests and browsing context. These networks track users’ online activities over time by collecting information through automated means (such as by cookies, web server logs, web beacons and other similar technologies). The networks use this information to show ads that may be tailored to individuals’ interests, to track users’ browsers or devices across multiple websites or apps, and to build a profile of users’ online browsing activities. The information our ad networks may collect includes data about users’ visits to websites and apps that participate in the relevant ad networks, such as the pages or ads viewed, and the actions taken on the websites or apps. This data collection takes place both on the Sites and on third-party websites and apps that participate in the ad networks. This process also helps us track the effectiveness of our marketing efforts.

The Sites are not designed to respond to “do not track” signals received from browsers. To learn how to opt out of ad network interest-based advertising, please visit www.aboutads.info/choices, http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices/, or http://www.youronlinechoices.eu/.

Policies for Children

GBH does not intentionally collect or use any personal data from users under 18 years of age. No data should be submitted to the GBH Site or Services by users under 18 years of age.

California Privacy Rights

GBH does not provide personal data to any third party for such third-party’s direct marketing purposes. GBH does not collect personally identifiable information about an individual user’s online activities over time across third-party web sites (and thus does not monitor your browser’s Do Not Track indicator).

Access to Personal Data

If you wish to review, update, correct, or delete personal data, you can contact us using the contact points specified below. To the extent authorized by law, we will take steps to modify or delete your personal data as soon as is practical, but some information may remain in archived/backup copies for our records or as otherwise required by law.

GBH Communications

If you wish to request that GBH no longer use your personal data to provide you with communications, you may use the opt-out method contained in any message you receive, or you can contact GBH at the contact points specified below. You may not opt-out of receiving essential updates regarding your relationship or transactions with GBH.


If you have any questions regarding this Privacy Policy, please contact us using the contact information provided below:

The Gingerbread House Sanctuary & Rescue
P.O. Box 312
Wharton, NJ 07885
Attention: Legal & Compliance
Phone: 1-800-803-0141
Email: info@gingerbreaddogs.org