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"Tell Us Your Survivor Story" Contest

1.  Disclosure; Contest Period

No donation, purchase, or obligation of any kind is necessary to win. A donation or purchase will not increase your chances of winning. You have not yet won. The “Tell us Your Survivor Story” Contest begins at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on December 3, 2009 and ends at 3:00 p.m. EDT on December 23, 2009 (Contest Submission Period).

2.  Eligibility

Void where prohibited by law. The “Tell us Your Survivor Story” Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Employees and independent contractors of The Humane Society of the United States (The HSUS) or its affiliates, and any other individual or entity involved in the development, promotion, or execution of the CONTEST, and the immediate family members and/or household members of each are not eligible.

3.  To Enter

Enter by submitting a story and optional photo via the Facebook application. You must provide your email address via the application to be eligible.

4.  Winning Contestants; Prizes

A panel of HSUS staff will review entries and select 10 finalists for best story. All decisions of the panel are final.

The Grand Prize Winner will be elected from the 10 finalists by HSUS staff members. The Grand Prize Winner will receive a $100 shopping spree at Humane Domain. He/She will have their entry featured on HumaneSociety.org and affiliated social networking sites.

5.  Winner Notification/Prize Claims

Winners will be selected on December 30, 2009 and will be notified via email. In the event that a Winner is unable to accept a Prize, an alternate Winner will be selected. Winners may be required to complete and sign an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability Release, and, where legal, a Publicity Release, all of which must be returned within 30 days of attempted prize notification or the prize will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner. If the Prize is won by an eligible person who is not of legal age in the state of residence, the prize shall be awarded in the name of the Winner's parent or legal guardian, who must sign and return all required documentation prior to receiving the Prize. In the event of noncompliance with these Rules, or if a Prize or prize notification is unclaimed or returned as undeliverable, the prize will be forfeited and may be awarded to an alternate winner.

6.  Prize Restrictions

Prizes are not transferable. No substitution of Prizes is permitted except at the sole discretion of The HSUS. Any federal, state, or local taxes on Prizes and any expenses related to the acceptance and/or use of the Prizes not specified herein as being awarded are the responsibility of the Winners.

7.  Additional Terms

By accepting a prize, Winners consent to The HSUS' use of the photo and story submission, and his or her name, likeness, voice, and/or biographical information for promotional and other purposes without additional compensation, except where prohibited by law.

By entering the “Tell us Your Survivor Story” Contest, you give The HSUS an exclusive license to use, publish, edit, adapt, and/or modify your photo and story submission in any way and in any and all media now known of hereafter invented worldwide, without limitation or compensation to the contestant.

The HSUS may use or not use any photo and story submission at its sole discretion and judgment. Winning in no way guarantees use of the submission.

The Winner, by acceptance of any prize, acknowledges compliance with these Rules and agrees to release The HSUS, its affiliates, and its officers, directors, employees, independent contractors, representatives, and agents ("Releasees") from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the “Tell us Your Survivor Story” Contest or the receipt, redemption, or use of any prize, including any injuries or damages of any kind sustained in connection with the use, acceptance, possession, or awarding of any prize.

8.  Limitation of Liability

Releasees are not responsible for printing, typographical, human or other errors of any kind in any contest-related materials or for stolen, lost, late, misdirected, damaged, incomplete, or illegible entries. If, for any reason, the “Tell us Your Survivor Story” Contest is not capable of running as planned, or infection by computer viruses, bugs, or tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, actions of entrants, technical failures, or any other causes corrupt or infect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the “Tell us Your Survivor Story” Contest The HSUS reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any entry or entrant and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the “Tell us Your Survivor Story” Contest and at its sole discretion award a prize from among all eligible non-suspect entries validly received prior to the action requiring such modification. By entering, all contestants agree that the “Tell us Your Survivor Story” Contest governed by laws of the District of Columbia for the resolution of all claims and disputes (excluding any claims against or disputes involving parties other than The HSUS relating to any prize awarded in the contest).

9.  List of Winners

For the names of the Winners, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to “Tell us Your Survivor Story” Contest The Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20037. Requests must be received by February 1, 2010. The winners list will be sent when all drawings have been conducted and all winners have been verified.