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Blog Sweepstakes Rules

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 odds of winning depend upon the number of entries received. The “Blog Sweepstakes” CONTEST (“Contest”) begins at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on October 12, 2010 and ends at 6:00 p.m. EST on October 19, 2010 (“Contest Period”). Entries must be submitted by 10/19/2010 to be eligible.

2. Eligibility

You must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The 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. Limit one (1) entry per person.

3. To Enter

To enter, subscribe to the blog via email or RSS and complete an entry form, located online at http://blog.humanesociety.org/wayne/2010/10/blog-sweepstakes.html. To complete the form, you will be required to submit your first name, last name, email address, and an answer to the question “What topic would you most like to see covered on the blog?” (“Answer”).  An entry will be deemed ineligible if it is illegible, incomplete, if it fails to meet the required specifications, or if it is received before the Contest Period begins or after it ends.

4.  How the Winners Will Be Determined

The Winners will be determined through a random drawing of all eligible entries. 

5.  Prizes

One (1) “Grand Prize” Winner will receive a $250 gift certificate to The HSUS’ online store Humane Domain, one (1) “Second Prize” Winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to The HSUS’ online store Humane Domain, and one (1) “Third Prize” winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to The HSUS’ online store Humane Domain.

6.  Winner Notification/Prize Claims

The Winners will be selected by October 20, 2010 and will be notified via email by 10/20/2010. In the event that a Winner is unable to accept a prize, an alternate Winner will be selected.  Each Winner 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.

Humane Domain gift certificates are redeemable online, never expire, and will be emailed directly to the Winners’ email address.

7.  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.

8.  Additional Terms

By accepting a prize, each Winner consents to The HSUS' use of 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 Contest, entrants give The HSUS an exclusive license to use, publish, edit, adapt, and/or modify submitted Answers in any way and in any and all media now known of hereafter invented worldwide, without limitation or compensation to the entrant.

The HSUS may use or not use any Answer at its sole discretion and judgment. Winning in no way guarantees use of a submitted Answer.

Each 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 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 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 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 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 entrants agree that the Contest is 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 name of the Winners, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to:

“Blog Sweepstakes”
The Humane Society of the United States
2100 L Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20037

Requests must be received by 01/19/2011.

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