FOTAS Privacy Policy

FOTAS Privacy Policy

The Friends of the Animal Shelter Aiken (FOTAS Aiken) is committed to your right to privacy and to keeping your personal information private. You can visit the FOTAS web site without telling us who you are or revealing any identifying information about yourself. However, because our web site includes areas in which visitors can provide personally identifying information, we have developed this Privacy Policy to inform you of our policies and practices regarding information we collect about you.

This Privacy Policy governs the URL and certain electronic communications sent out by FOTAS. This web site is owned and operated by FOTAS for the benefit of its members and other visitors interested in the welfare of all animals from the Aiken County Animal Shelter and the Shelter itself. Our address is FOTAS Aiken PO Box 2207 Aiken SC 29802. FOTAS reserves the right to modify or amend this Privacy Policy at any time and for any reason. Any changes to this Privacy Policy will be preceded by a notice posted to this Privacy Policy at least ten (10) days prior to the effective date of such change.

How We Collect Information About You 

Information You Voluntarily Provide

FOTAS collects and maintains certain personal information about you when you send us an e-mail or complete any of our online forms, such as when you request information from us, make a donation, subscribe to one of our online newsletters, request to become a member, sign up for mobile text alerts, or forward a web page, electronic postcard, electronic ballot, or electronic newsletter. Such information may include your name, mailing address, and e-mail address; it may also include a mobile phone number, the e-mail addresses of those to whom you forward FOTAS electronic content, and any other information collected in the forms. You may be asked to provide credit card information to become a member of FOTAS, contribute to FOTAS, purchase certain information or materials from FOTAS, or subscribe to various FOTAS publications.

Other Information also collects certain other information that cannot identify you personally when you visit our web site. This information includes your IP address and your domain name. logs these IP addresses and domain names, and aggregates them for system administration and to monitor the use of our site. We use the aggregated information to measure the number of visits to our site, the average time spent on our site, the number of pages viewed, and various other site statistics. This monitoring helps us to provide a more useful and engaging online experience to visitors, and helps us to improve the quality of our content.

FOTAS uses cookies in order to make the results available for your on-site searches. Cookies are not used for any other reason on this site. A cookie is a small file that is sent out by a web site, accepted by the user's browser, and placed on the user's hard drive. You can always set your browser to warn of cookies being placed, and then chose which cookies you want to accept. FOTAS does not match any information gathered by cookies with personal information you may have voluntarily submitted to FOTAS.

Ways Information About You Is Used

We may use the information you voluntarily provided to contact you regarding animal-related issues we feel you may be interested in, to keep you updated regarding FOTAS's programs, and to extend an invitation to you to support our programs. We may also send such information to the people whose e-mail addresses you provide when forwarding FOTAS electronic content. When we do so, our sole intent is to enlarge our family of informed animal advocates and organizational supporters. Every recipient of our electronic communications can quickly and easily "opt out" of future such communications by following the instructions on any electronic communication we send.

You may also unsubscribe at any time in every issue of our newsletters.


From time to time, FOTAS may link to other web sites not affiliated with FOTAS. FOTAS attempts to link only to those web sites which also respect a visitor's privacy and the goals of FOTAS. However, FOTAS cannot be responsible for the content or policies of third-party web sites. Please check with these third-party organizations or companies for their specific privacy policies. If you find inoperable links or are concerned about any of the sites that FOTAS currently links to, please inform FOTAS by contacting us at

Security uses generally accepted, industry-standard security systems, software, and encryption technologies provided on behalf of FOTAS to protect against unauthorized access to their servers, equipment, and other components of our online presence. This includes using industry-standard security systems to protect credit card processing information.

Contacting FOTAS

If you would like to contact FOTAS about correcting information we might have collected, or if you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please e-mail us at or write to us at FOTAS Aiken PO Box 2207 Aiken, SC 29802.

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