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Privacy Policy

Please read this privacy notice carefully so that you understand your rights in relation to your personal data, and how we will collect, use and process your personal data. If you do not agree with this privacy notice in general or any part of it, you should not access the website or use our services.

Who we are

HalfwayHouse 4 Paws is a Swiss association that operates not for profit. HalfwayHouse 4 Paws is located at Rebenweg 1, 6331 Hünenberg, Switzerland. Our mission is to improve the living conditions of homeless dogs and cats and to prevent them from suffering and death due to overpopulation and diseases, to operate sanctuaries for homeless animals, to provide adoption and to run educational programs in different parts of the world.

This privacy policy governs the URL (our “website”) and communications sent out by HalfwayHouse 4 Paws. It applies only to information collected by our own communications channels.


We are not responsible for the privacy practices of websites or communications networks that are operated or owned by third parties.

For example, links to other third-party websites, including those of our corporate supporters and partners, can be accessed from our Digital Properties. Please be advised that the privacy policies of those third-party sites or communications platforms operated by other third parties may not be consistent with this Privacy Policy.

HalfwayHouse 4 Paws is committed to your right to privacy and to keeping your personal information private and secure.

HalfwayHouse 4 Paws reserves the right to modify or amend this privacy notice at any time and for any reason.

We collect personal data for a variety of reasons:

  • for the purpose of processing your donation, to keep a record of donations made and to receipt your donation

  • to send our supporters updates on our work and programs through email, postal mail, telephone, advertising and other means where we have their consent or are otherwise allowed to. 

  • To fulfill contracts entered into with supporters e.g. online donations and purchases;

  • To comply with legal obligations;

  • To manage our organization

  • To ensure we do not send unwanted information to supporters or members of the public who have informed us they do not wish to be contacted.



How we collect information

HalfwayHouse Paws collects and maintains certain personal information about you when you send us an e-mail or complete any of our forms, such as when you request information from us, make a donation, subscribe to one of our online newsletters.

Such information may include your name, phone number, mailing address, e-mail address, campaign interests and preferences; it may also include the names and e-mail addresses of those to whom you forward HalfwayHouse 4 Paws electronic content, and other information collected in the forms.

HalfwayHouse 4 Paws also collects certain usage information to better understand how visitors use our website, which includes your IP address, Url you are coming from before visiting the website.

This monitoring helps us to provide a better online experience to our website visitors to improve the quality of our content.

HalfwayHouse 4 Paws uses cookies to ensure the integrity of the registration and transactional processes and to personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your device’s hard drive or other storage medium by a Web page server. Most Web and mobile browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can modify your browser setting to decline cookies. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of our website. To protect our visitors, cookies do not save payment or credit card information.

We use social media features on our website, such as the Facebook Like and Share buttons and other widgets. These features may collect your IP address and may set a cookie to enable the feature to function properly. Social media features and widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our website. Your interactions with these features are governed by the privacy policy of the organization providing it.

HalfwayHouse 4 Paws may use pixel-based tracking on its Website that gathers information about your website activities to display relevant content to you on the Websites and other media networks.  Any personally identifiable information that might be shared or gathered by these media networks is considered confidential.

Ways we use information about you

The laws on data protection provide a number of different reasons (legal basis) for organizations to collect and process your personal data. We generally process data on the basis that it is necessary for the pursuit of our legitimate interests. We process data to pursue our legitimate interests in ways which might reasonably be expected, and which do not materially impact your rights, freedom or interests in compliance with the laws on data protection. For example, by sending direct marketing information to keep our supporters and donors updated on our projects. We will only do this where we have reason to believe that this information will be of interest to you. An individual who receives email from us may opt out of email at any time by following the opt-out instructions contained in any email from HalfwayHouse 4 Paws.

In circumstances where required by applicable law, we will rely on consent as a basis for processing personal data and we will specifically obtain your consent in the course of collecting the data. We may also need to collect and process your data if we are required to by law.

HalfwayHouse 4 Paws does not sell, rent, or exchange its donor list for direct mailing purposes.

How we share your personal data

We do not sell, rent or lease your personal information to others except as described in this privacy notice.

We share your information with selected recipients.

These categories of recipients include:

  • to advertisers and advertising networks and analytic services, including Google, that require the data to select and serve relevant adverts to you and others and help us to improve and optimize our website.

  • third-party service providers who have provided us with assurances that they process personal information under suitable data protection arrangements and security controls in place in accordance with the requirements in GDPR. These third-party service providers include cloud storage providers, which store your data to store the personal data you provide and for disaster recovery services;

  • to our authorized card payment providers, including Paypal UK to collect payment from you

  • to law enforcement agencies, public authorities or other organisations if legally required to do so, or if we have a good faith belief that such use is reasonably necessary to comply with a legal obligation, process or request; enforce our terms and conditions and other agreements, including investigation of any potential violation thereof;detect, prevent or otherwise address security, fraud or technical issues; or protect the rights, property or safety of us, our users, a third party or the public as required or permitted by law


How we store your personal data

Our website is hosted on the platform. provides us with the online platform that allows us to sell our products and services to you. Your data may be stored through’s data storage, databases and the general applications. They store your data on secure servers behind a firewall.

All direct payment gateways offered by and used by our company adhere to the standards set by PCI-DSS as managed by the PCI Security Standards Council, which is a joint effort of brands like Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. PCI-DSS requirements help ensure the secure handling of credit card information by our store and its service providers.

We will retain your personal data for as long as is necessary for the relevant activity, for example we will keep a record of donations subject to gift aid for the period of time required to comply with applicable tax rules.

Your rights

Where you have provided your consent to us processing your personal data, you can withdraw your consent at any time by e-mailing us at  You may also unsubscribe at any time in every issue of our newsletters.

In accordance with the GDPR, you have the right to request a copy of your data that our website has collected and to request that we permanently delete your data that has been processed on our website.

How you can contact us

If you would like to contact HSI about correcting information we might have collected, or if you have any questions about this privacy notice, please e-mail us at, or write to us at HalfwayHouse 4 Paws, Rebenweg 1, 6331 Hünenberg, Switzerland

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