Built for Service Dog Handlers. Shaped by the Service Dog Community.
With the input from over 100 Service Dog handlers in America, the United States Service Dog Registry (USSDR) represents the most democratic realization of an assistance animal registry and training and behavior standards agreement to-date. The results are a Registry with completely free and voluntary online self-registration hosted by an independent, non-governmental, privacy-conscious and secure service.
We are a small group trying to make a big difference. We were designed with input from experienced trainers and Service Dog owners who believe there should be an opportunity for those who wish to voluntarily and knowingly comply with not only the ADA law, but also an additional and specific set of community-defined training and behavior standards. These training and behavior standards go above and beyond the ADA and the basic foundations of a Public Access Test.
A Higher Standard for Service Dogs and their Handlers
Our purpose is to allow someone the opportunity to voluntarily hold themselves and their animal accountable to a higher standard by publicly signing a specific set of training and behavior standards that goes above and beyond the law. Simply registering with us does not qualify an animal or an individual as a Service Dog Team or provide any special rights, legal or otherwise. If someone found not to comply with our training or behavior standards we can remove or suspend their registration rendering any materials they have invalid.
When someone registers with us, displays a USSDR patch, shares their registration number or registration card, they should be prepared that we will be notified if they do not present themselves or their dog properly or they or their dog behave in an unbecoming manner, misquote the law or the purpose of our service.
At our heart, we hope to help reduce abuse of the ADA by requiring our Registrants to understand that intentionally misrepresenting an animal as Service Animal for any reason is not only unethical, it is also in violation of federal and local laws.
We do not certify or authorize anyone to use a Service Animal — nor is certification required by law. The privilege to use a Service or Assistance Animal is granted, under the law, by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and local governments. If you are unsure if you qualify, please consult a local Service Dog trainer or organization. For more information, please review our five key points below.
Our Services and Mission
We were designed with input from experienced trainers and Service Dog owners who felt that people who use Service Dogs should, at the very least, have a free and open method to voluntarily agree to a specific set of standards.
Training and Behavior Standards Agreement
While Service Dog owners are allowed to verbally state their animal is a Service Animal for public access, many individuals find that having a way to say they have accepted further training and behavior standards, while not required by law, can help minimize discrimination and reduce access issues while keeping disability information private. This is especially important for disabled individuals who use a Service or Assistance Dog to help with invisible disabilities such as deafness, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and other conditions that may not be immediately apparent to others.
Our Responsibility and Rules of Conduct
Our purpose is to create a powerful tool for all Assistance Dog handlers regardless of certification levels, training methods or other affiliations. At the core of that is our deep commitment to do the right thing in all aspects of our business including how we treat the environment, our customers and the Service Dog community as a whole. Our intention is to create a friendly and open Registry.
Participant's Responsibility and Rules of Conduct
We expect and hope that you will use this Registry as intended and in a responsible and respectful manner. Registration is conducted under the honor system and any individual found to violate these rules will be expelled from the Registry. All animals must qualify under the United States Department of Justice's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Please visit http://www.ada.gov for more information if you need clarification. The Registry is not intended to be a certification process and we do not judge the proficiency of our registrants in any way, and nor would that be necessary under the law. Of course, we can not be responsible or liable for the actions of dog owners or their dogs either online or offline.
Our focus is twofold. (1) To provide method for Registrants to formally state that they understand what is involved with training and using a Service or Assistance Animal; how important their behavior, and that of their Service or Assistance Dog, is to the general public and other Service and Assistance Animal teams; the legal definition of a Service or Assistance Animal; the Minimum Training Standards for a Service or Assistance Animal; what is involved with a Public Access Test and to accept our Terms and Conditions. (2) To provide a form of self-identification that is ONLY available behind the firewall of a strict training and behavior standards agreement.
What does Registration mean?
Most members of the public, and even some Service Dog handlers, do not fully understand the many complexities of Service Dog ownership across the country. Many believe that there is or should be "documentation" or "certification" for Service Dogs even though both things have been specifically called out under federal law as being not only unnecessary, but improper to require. Others come up with their own ideas of what makes up a proper Service Dog team, setting rules that exist outside of the law. We were designed as an attempt to develop a solution — without putting undue burden on rural, limited income or otherwise disabled individuals — to the following concerns:
1. There should be a free option for Service Dog teams to voluntarily accept a specific set of community-defined training and behavior standards that go above the law and beyond the basic foundations of a Public Access Test.
Federal law states: "When it is not obvious what service an animal provides, only limited inquiries are allowed. Staff (or members of the public) may ask two questions: (1) is the dog a service animal required because of a disability, and (2) what work or task has the dog been trained to perform. Staff cannot ask about the person’s disability, require medical documentation, require a special identification card or training documentation for the dog, or ask that the dog demonstrate its ability to perform the work or task."
In other words, it is not required that Service and Assistance Dog teams show or have identification in the form of a vest, special harness, training certificate or registration and nor is it required that animals are officially trained, certified or registered with any state, federal or independent organization.
Why? In a nutshell, the ADA is a civil rights law designed level the playing field for disabled people so that they can move about their communities similar to able-bodied people — it is not a method for testing or policing the disabled community — of which Service Dog teams are only a small part.
While it is not our purpose or mission to debate the law, some members of the Service Dog community felt that there should be an option for those who wish to voluntarily and knowingly comply with not only the law, but also publicly sign an agreement detailing an additional set of training and behavior standards. Quite simply, we are an extra step that goes above and beyond the law. We do not advertise. We do not ask anyone to register and sign our training and behavior standards agreement. Those who choose to register with us are voluntarily holding themselves up to the standards we describe.
2. Readily available Service Dog vests, harnesses, patches that can be found with generic wording like "Service Dog" or "Do Not Pet" leave little accountability.
Most individuals who are partnered with a Service Dogs use vests, harnesses or patches that display generic wording like "Service Dog" or "Do not pet." Others may choose to use use generic IDs that are not linked to any organization. While this is traditional, it leaves little accountability and these items are sometimes purchased by those who use them to abuse the law — even though absolutely NO gear or IDs are required in the first place. Like with any product, it is not the fault of the item itself or those who make it. The sole responsibility lies with the person who seeks it out and uses it improperly.
3. There should be method, based on evidence, to recall a team for inappropriate behavior.
We, nor a Service Dog training organization, nor a private trainer, nor any federal or local law nor God himself can prevent an individual from doing the wrong thing. We are designed as a method for trainers to recall graduates or address concerns with those who either willfully abuse the law, have improperly trained or poorly trained dogs or who themselves behave in a manner unbecoming of a Service Dog team. Anytime someone claims they have registered with us (online or in the real world), displays a USSDR patch, shares their ID number or displays ID, they should be prepared that we will be notified — especially if they do not present themselves or their animal properly, they or their animal behaves in an unbecoming manner, misquote the law or the purpose of our service. Simply registering with us does not qualify an animal or an individual as a Service Dog Team or provide any special rights, legal or otherwise. If someone found not to comply with our training or behavior standards we can remove or suspend their registration rendering any materials they have, regardless if they have been ordered from us or made at home, invalid.
Registering a dog does not make a dog a Service Dog — it allows someone to hold themselves to a community defined standard.
The USSDR hopes to help encourage adherence to the law by requiring their Registrants to understand that intentionally misrepresenting an animal as Service or Assistance Animal for any reason is not only unethical, it is also illegal and may be punishable by fines or imprisonment. All of our Registrants are required pass through our Educational Gateway and read and accept the following:
What is involved with training and using a Service or Assistance Animal
How important their behavior, and that of their Service or Assistance Dog, is to the general public and other Service and Assistance Animal teams
The definition of a Service or Assistance Animal
The Minimum Training Standards for a Service or Assistance Animal
What is involved with a Public Access Test
Our Terms and Conditions
It's about personal responsibility and accountability.
We believe that each individuals are responsible for their own actions. Registering with us is a formal way of stating that one understands what is involved with training and using a Service or Assistance Animal; how important their behavior, and that of their Service or Assistance Dog, is to the general public and other Service and Assistance Animal teams; the legal definition of a Service or Assistance Animal; the Minimum Training Standards for a Service or Assistance Animal and what is involved with a Public Access Test.
When you register with us you are publicly signing our training and behavior standards agreement. Both you and your dog will be held to this standard, so please consider this fully before registering.
Based on the input we've received from experienced trainers and Service Dog Handlers with conditions ranging from blindness, deafness, autism, psychiatric disabilities, mobility issues and more, this Registry has been designed around six key points:
A Registry Must Be Free
In order to keep the registry open to all, free registration is imperative. Registration is conducted under the honor system and any individual found to violate our Terms and Conditions (which includes misrepresentation of a Service or Assistance Animal) will be expelled from our registry.
A Registry Must Be Voluntary
No one is required to participate in the registry, and we realize registries aren't for everyone. We welcome all Service and Assistance Dogs and handlers regardless of disability, certification levels, training methods or other affiliations. Please note that Service and Assistance Dogs in training are not recognized by all states. It is your responsibility to learn about and abide by the laws in your state.
A Registry Must Be Secure and Private
The information individuals provide must be kept secure and private at all times. We do not share any personal information with any government agency or any private entity.
A Registry Must Not Be a Certification Process
There are many different types of Service and Assistance Dogs, and each one fulfills a very specific and personal need for its owner. While there are guidelines (qualifying animals must be individually trained to to provide assistance to an individual with a disability) there are not universal standards. Additionally, under the law it would be illegal for us to create and impose standards. The United States Service Dog Registry is not a certification process and Registrant data is based solely on the assertions of the dog owner. Registrants accept full responsibility for the accuracy of their information, their own conduct and the conduct of their animals. Please read our Terms and Conditions. We provide no benefits or protection for our Registrants, legal or otherwise. Protection and benefits are granted by the ADA and local governments.
A Registry Must Be Independent and Non-Governmental
The USSDR is not affiliated with any government agency, Assistance or Service Dog organization.
A Registry Should Serve as a Method to Recall Untrained or Improperly Trained Teams.
Anytime someone claims they have registered with us (online or in the real world), displays a USSDR patch, shares their ID number or displays ID, they should be prepared that we will be notified — especially if they do not present themselves or their animal properly, they or their animal behaves in an unbecoming manner, misquote the law or the purpose of our service. Simply registering with us does not qualify an animal or an individual as a Service Dog Team or provide any special rights, legal or otherwise. If someone found not to comply with our training or behavior standards we can remove or suspend their registration rendering any materials they have, regardless if they have been ordered from us or made at home, invalid.
Help us improve!
The Registry and Training Standards and Behavior Agreement is constantly evolving based on input from Service Dog teams from across the country. In other words we're a grassroots, crowd-sourced organization. If you have ideas about how we can make our Service more meaningful without alienating disabled individuals in rural areas, who have difficulty using a computer due to typing or visual impairments, who use screen readers and are unable to upload documents or who have limited funds for training and/or certification, please let us know.
The United States Department of Justice defines a Service Animal through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 as any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal specifically trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability. If an animal meets this definition, it is considered a Service Animal regardless of whether they have been licensed or certified by a state or local government. Please visit the Delta Society for more information on Service Dogs.
Access to Public Places for Service and Assistance Dogs under the ADA
What are Service Animals? What is a Service Dog? "We Welcome Service Animals"
Service animals perform some of the functions and tasks that the individual with a disability cannot perform for him or herself. Guide dogs, used by some individuals who are blind, are the most well known type of Service Dog. Other specific terms for specialized service dogs include Signal Dogs for the deaf or hearing impaired, Mobility Assistance Dogs, Seizure Response Dogs, and Psychiatric Service Dogs. The terms “Service Dog,” “Service Animal” and “Assistance Dog” all mean the same.
Service Dogs can benefit people with disabilities associated with many diagnoses, including:
Ataxia (poor balance)
Blindness or Impaired Vision
Deafness or Impaired Hearing
Physical mobility Issues
Multiple Sclerosis (M.S.)
Seizure Disorders (Epilepsy)
Severe Allergy Alert
Spinal Cord/Head Trauma
Please note that Therapy Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, Forensic Dogs, Police K-9's, Military Working Dogs and other types of working dogs are NOT Service Dogs and under no circumstances may be registered with the US Service Dog Registry.
Registrant data is based on assertions by the dog owners. The USSDR can not confirm or certify information provided by the registrants. Service Dog certification is not required by the ADA law. Use of this website, your 10 Digit ID Code, any items from our Archival Documentation Package, cards you make up for yourself are subject to our full Terms and Conditions. Please note that misrepresenting any animal as a Service or Assistance Animal (in any way, either by simply verbally claiming an animal is a service animal, wearing a Service Animal vest or cape, using a special harness, leash, tags or by any other means—including using this Registry) is a crime and may be punishable by law. See our Terms and Conditions for details.
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE USSDR SERVICES
Our Responsibility and Rules of Conduct:
Our purpose is to create a powerful tool for all Service and Assistance Dog handlers regardless of certification levels, training methods or other affiliations. At the core of that is our deep commitment to do the right thing in all aspects of our business including how we treat the environment, our customers and the Service Dog community as a whole. Our intention is to create a friendly and open Registry.
Participant's Responsibility and Rules of Conduct:
We expect and hope that you will use this Registry as intended and in a responsible and respectful manner. Registration is conducted under the honor system and any individual found to violate these rules will be expelled from the Registry. All Owners, Handlers (Registrants) and Animals must qualify under the United States Department of Justice's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Please visit http://www.ada.gov for more information if you need clarification. The Registry is not intended to be a certification process and we do not judge the proficiency of our registrants in any way, and nor would that be necessary under the law. Of course, we can not be responsible or liable for the actions of dog owners or their dogs either online or offline.
The USSDR provides Services only to Registrants who conform to the United States Department of Justice Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Our services provide no protection above or beyond the law. We are a tool, similar to an online resume or other online profile service. All data that is used is based solely on the assertions of the provider or Registrant themselves.
You understand and agree that the USSDR Services are provided "AS-IS" and that the USSDR assumes no responsibility for the timeliness, deletion, mis-delivery or failure to store any user communications or personalization settings. You are responsible for obtaining access to the USSDR Services, and that access may involve third-party fees (such as Internet service provider or airtime charges). You are responsible for those fees, including those fees associated with the display or delivery of advertisements. In addition, you must provide and are responsible for all equipment (ie. your computer, laptop or other wireless device) necessary to access the USSDR Services.
3. YOUR REGISTRATION OBLIGATIONS
In consideration of your use of the USSDR Services, you represent that you are of legal age to form a binding contract and are not a person barred from receiving the USSDR Services under the laws of the United States or other applicable jurisdiction. That means all USSDR registrants must conform fully to the current ADA law, meaning that you or the Registrant are the legal and rightful owner and user of a Service or Assistance Animal as described by the United States Department of Justice Americans with Disabilities Act. (ADA). It is the responsibility of the registrants and users to understand and obey the ADA law online and offline. Other types of pets and working dogs including, but not limited to Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs and Agility Dogs are strictly forbidden from registration and using the USSDR Services or Website. This is true unless an animal meets the ADA requirements but is also dually trained to act as both a Service or Assistance Animal as well as to fulfill other duties such as that of a Therapy Dog. You also agree to: (a) provide true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted by the USSDR Service's registration form (the "Registration Data") and (b) maintain and promptly update the Registration Data to keep it true, accurate, current and complete. If you provide any information that is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, or the USSDR has reasonable grounds to suspect that such information is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, the USSDR has the right to suspend or terminate your account and refuse any and all current or future use of the USSDR Services (or any portion thereof).
5. MEMBER ACCOUNT, PASSWORD AND SECURITY
You will create a password and account designation upon completing the USSDR Service's registration process. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the password and account and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password or account. You agree to (a) immediately notify the USSDR of any unauthorized use of your password or account or any other breach of security, and (b) ensure that you exit from your account at the end of each session. The USSDR cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with this Section 5.
6. MEMBER CONDUCT
You understand that all information, data, text, photographs, graphics, messages or other materials ("Content"), whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, are the sole responsibility of the person from whom such Content originated. This means that you, and not the USSDR, are entirely responsible for all Content that you upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available via the USSDR Services. USSDR does not control the Content posted to areas such as, but not limited to, Profile Pages and Blog comments via the USSDR Services and, as such, does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such Content. The registry is constantly updated with new Content from users, so although we hope it does not happen, you understand that by using the USSDR Services, you may be exposed to Content that is offensive, indecent or objectionable. We will make a reasonable effort to remove such content. Under no circumstances will the USSDR be liable in any way for any Content, including, but not limited to objectionable or offensive Content in Profile Pages, any errors or omissions in any Content, or any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any Content posted, e-mailed, transmitted or otherwise made available either online or offline.
We reserve the right to remove anyone from the Registry at any time who is determined to be violating the ADA and/or our TOS. In addition if you or your Service Animal is involved in any act of aggression or violence towards a person, other animal or property your registration with us will be considered wholly invalid and possibly fraudulent from the moment it was created. We believe Service and Assistance dog teams must behave in exemplary fashion at all times. We may not be held liable in any way for the actions of our members or their animals either online or offline as they are 100% responsible for themselves at all times.
You agree to not use the USSDR Services to:
misrepresent any animal as a Service or Assistance Animal for any reason whatsoever, whether personal, public or private, online or offline. Misrepresenting an animal as a Service or Assistance animal may be punishable by incarceration, fines including, but not limited to, other local or federal laws;
intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, state, national or international law, including, but not limited to, the United States Department of Justice Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA);
upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortuous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another's privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable;
harm any individual, company, entity or animal in any way;
impersonate any person or entity, including, but not limited to, a USSDR official, employee, volunteer or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;
forge headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any Content transmitted through the USSDR Service;
upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that you do not have a right to make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (such as inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements);
upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights ("Rights") of any party;
upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment;
intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, state, national or international law, including, but not limited to, regulations promulgated by the U.S. Department of Justice, or any other entities or agencies having the force of law;
collect or store personal data about other users in connection with the prohibited conduct and activities set forth in paragraphs 1 through 10 above.
You acknowledge that the USSDR may or may not pre-screen Registrations or Content, but that the USSDR shall have the right (but not the obligation) in their sole discretion to pre-screen, refuse, or remove any Registrations or Content that are available via the USSDR Services. Without limiting the foregoing, the USSDR shall have the right to remove any Content that violates the TOS or is otherwise objectionable. You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use or viewing of any Content, including any reliance on the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of such Content.
You acknowledge, consent and agree that USSDR may access, preserve and disclose your account information and Content if required to do so by law or in a good faith belief that such access preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (i) comply with legal process; (ii) enforce the TOS; (iii) respond to claims that any Content violates the rights of third parties; (iv) respond to your requests for customer service; or (v) protect the rights, property or personal safety of the USSDR, its users and the public.
7. CONTENT SUBMITTED OR MADE AVAILABLE FOR INCLUSION ON THE USSDR WEBSITE AND SERVICES
The USSDR does not claim ownership of your Registration or Content you submit or make available for inclusion on the USSDR Service. We will never share or distribute your personal information for any reason. However, please note that certain portions of the USSDR Website and Services Publicly Accessible, including a registrant’s Profile Page, which may be accessed via the 10 Digit Lookup Feature, Advanced Search or by direct URL link.
8. CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE USSDR
The USSDR has been founded and created from the ideas, suggestions, documents, and/or proposals ("Contributions") of Service and Assistance Dog owners and others who care about them. By submitting Contributions to the USSDR through e-mail or survey pages, you acknowledge and agree that: (a) your Contributions do not contain confidential or proprietary information; (b) the USSDR is not under any obligation of confidentiality, express or implied, with respect to the Contributions; (c) the USSDR shall be entitled to use or disclose (or choose not to use or disclose) such Contributions for any purpose, in any way, in any media worldwide; (d) the USSDR may have something similar to the Contributions already under consideration or in development; (e) your Contributions automatically become the property of the USSDR without any obligation of the USSDR to you; and (f) you are not entitled to any compensation or reimbursement of any kind from the USSDR under any circumstances.
You agree to indemnify and hold the USSDR, EBC Partners, LLC. and affiliates, volunteers, employees and partners harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of Content you submit, post, transmit, modify or otherwise make available through the USSDR Services, your use of the USSDR Services, your connection to the USSDR Services, your use of any and all USSDR branded merchandise including but not limited to Patches, Identification Cards, Certificates, Animal Tags or other materials, your violation of the TOS, or your violation of any rights of another.
10. NO COMMERCIAL REUSE OF THE USSDR SERVICES, WEBSITE OR MATERIALS
You agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, trade, resell or exploit for any commercial purposes, personal gain (including, but not limited to, access to public or private buildings or transportation) any portion or use of, or access to, the USSDR Services (including, but not limited to, the USSDR Logo, the names “United States Service Dog Registy”, “US Service Dog Registry”, or the USSDR URL, “usservicedogregistry.org”, “usservicedogregistry.com”, Content, Patches, Identification Cards, Certificates, Animal Tags, or 10 Digit Identification Number. EXCEPTION: Users may refer to section 21a. titled "HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN IDENTIFICATION." We do not license our Marks, therefore anyone using them for identification purposes is doing so without our permission and is infringing on our trademark.
11. GENERAL PRACTICES REGARDING USE AND STORAGE
You acknowledge that the USSDR may establish general practices and limits concerning use of the USSDR Services, including without limitation a maximum about of time, months or years your data or other uploaded Content will be retained by the USSDR Services or Websites, the maximum disk space that will be allotted on the USSDR’s servers on your behalf. You agree that the USSDR, EBC Partners, LLC. and affiliates, volunteers, employees and partners has no responsibility or liability for the deletion or failure to store any data or other Content maintained or transmitted to the USSDR Services. You acknowledge that the USSDR reserves the right to inactivate or delete accounts that are inactive for an extended period of time. You further acknowledge that the USSDR reserves the right to modify these general practices and limits from time to time.
You also understand and agree that the USSDR may include advertisements and that these advertisements are necessary for the USSDR to provide Services. You also understand and agree that the USSDR Services may include certain important communications from the USSDR, such as service announcements, administrative messages and other informational updates, and that these communications are considered part of the USSDR membership and you will not be able to opt out of receiving them. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, any new features that augment or enhance the current USSDR Services, including the release of new products, shall be subject to the TOS.
12. MODIFICATIONS TO THE USSDR SERVICES
The USSDR reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the USSDR Services (or any part thereof) with or without notice. You agree that the USSDR shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of the USSDR Services (or any part thereof).
You may terminate your USSDR account, associated 10 Digit Identification Number and access to the USSDR Services by deleting your registrations from within the Registry using the tools we provide.
You agree that the USSDR may, without prior notice, immediately terminate, limit your access to or suspend your USSDR account, associated 10 Digit Identification Number, and access to the USSDR Services. Cause for such termination, limitation of access or suspension shall include, but not be limited to, (a) breaches or violations of the TOS or other incorporated agreements or guidelines, (b)requests by law enforcement or other government agencies, (c) discontinuance or material modification to the USSDR Services (or any part thereof), (d) unexpected technical or security issues or problems, (e) extended periods of inactivity, (f) engagement by you in fraudulent or illegal activities including, but not limited to, misrepresentation of an animal. Furthermore, you agree that all terminations, limitations of access and suspensions for cause shall be made in the USSDR's sole discretion and that USSDR shall not be liable to you or any third party for any termination of your account, associated 10 Digit Identification Number or access to the USSDR Services.
Termination of your USSDR account includes any or all of the following: (a) removal of access to all or part of the offerings within the USSDR Services, (b) deletion of your password and all related information, files and content associated with or inside your account (or any part thereof), and (c) barring of further use of all or part of the USSDR Services.
14. DEALINGS WITH ADVERTISERS AND RESOURCES
Part of our mission is to help connect Service and Assistance Dog users with Trainers, Breeders or other Companies that may provide education or other benefit. Your correspondence or business dealings with, or participation in promotions of, advertisers or resources found on or through the USSDR Services, including payment and delivery of related goods or services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings, are solely between you and such advertiser or resource. You agree that the USSDR shall not be responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as the result of any such dealings or as the result of the presence of such advertisers or resources found on the USSDR Services.
The USSDR Services may provide, or third parties may provide, links to other World Wide Web sites or resources. You acknowledge and agree that the USSDR is not responsible for the availability of such external sites or resources, and does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any Content, advertising, products or other materials on or available from such sites or resources. You further acknowledge and agree that the USSDR shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such
16. THE USSDR’S PROPRIETARY RIGHTS
You acknowledge and agree that the USSDR Services and any necessary software or database programming used in connection with the USSDR Services ("Software") contain proprietary and confidential information that is protected by applicable intellectual property and other laws. You further acknowledge and agree that Content contained in advertisements or resources or information presented to you through the USSDR Services or by advertisers and resources is protected by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents or other proprietary rights and laws. Except as expressly permitted by applicable law or as authorized by the USSDR or the applicable licensor (such as an advertiser or resource), you agree not to modify, rent, lease, loan, sell, distribute, transmit, broadcast, publicly perform or create derivative works based on the USSDR Services, such Content or the Software, in whole or in part.
17. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES
A. YOUR USE OF THE USSDR SERVICES AND MATERIALS ARE AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE USSDR SERVICES AND MATERIALS ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. THE USSDR, EBC PARTNERS, LLC. AND AFFILIATES, VOLUNTEERS, EMPLOYEES AND PARTNERS EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.
B. USSDR, EBC PARTNERS, LLC. AND AFFILIATES, VOLUNTEERS, EMPLOYEES AND PARTNERS MAKE NO WARRANTY THAT (i) THE USSDR SERVICES OR PRODUCTS WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS; (ii) THE USSDR SERVICES OR PRODUCTS WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE OR ERROR-FREE; (iii) THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE USSDR SERVICES OR MATERIALS WILL BE ACCURATE OR RELIABLE; (iv) THE QUALITY OF ANY PRODUCTS, SERVICES, INFORMATION OR OTHER MATERIAL PURCHASED OR OBTAINED BY YOU THROUGH THE USSDR SERVICES WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS; AND (v) ANY ERRORS IN THE SERVICES OR MATERIALS WILL BE CORRECTED.
C. ANY MATERIAL DOWNLOADED, E-MAILED, SENT VIA TRADITIONAL MAIL OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF THE USSDR SERVICES IS ACCESSED AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK, AND YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR AND HEREBY WAIVE ANY AND ALL CLAIMS AND CAUSES OF ACTION WITH RESPECT TO ANY DAMAGE THAT RESULTS FROM THE RECEIPT OF ANY SUCH MATERIAL.
D. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM THE USSDR OR THROUGH OR FROM THE USSDR SERVICES OR MATERIALS SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THE TOS.
18. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT THE USSDR, EBC PARTNERS, LLC. AND AFFILIATES, VOLUNTEERS, EMPLOYEES AND PARTNERS SHALL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY PUNITIVE, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, EMPLOYMENT, PERMANENT OR TEMPORARY HOUSING, GOODWILL, USE, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES (EVEN IF THE USSDR HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), RESULTING FROM: (a) THE USE OR THE INABILITY TO USE THE USSDR SERVICE; (b) THE COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS AND SERVICES; (c) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSIONS OR DATA; (d) STATEMENTS OR CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY ONLINE OR OFFLINE; OR (e) ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO THE USSDR SERVICE.
19. NO THIRD-PARTY BENEFICIARIES
You agree that, except as otherwise expressly provided in this TOS, there shall be no third-party beneficiaries to this agreement.
The USSDR may provide you with notices, including those regarding changes to the TOS, including, but not limited to e-mail, traditional mail, Twitter and Blog postings on the USSDR Services, or other reasonable means now known or hereafter developed. Such notices may not be received if you violate this TOS by accessing the USSDR Services in an unauthorized manner. Your agreement to this TOS constitutes your agreement that you are deemed to have received any and all notices that would have been delivered had you accessed the USSDR Services in an authorized manner.
21. TRADEMARK AND COPYRIGHT INFORMATION
You agree that all of the USSDR’s trademarks, trade names, service marks and other USSDR logos and brand features, including the Mascot “Reggie the Service Dog”, Access Icons and product and service names are trademarks and the property of EBC Partners, LLC. (the "USSDR Marks"). Without USSDR's prior permission, you agree not to display or use in any manner the USSDR Marks.
22. GENERAL INFORMATION
Entire Agreement. The TOS constitutes the entire agreement between you and the USSDR and governs your use of the USSDR Services, superseding any prior version of this TOS between you and USSDR with respect to the USSDR Services. You also may be subject to additional terms and conditions that may apply when you use affiliate services, third-party content or third-party products, including, but not limited to, Flickr, Twitter or PayPal.
Choice of Law and Forum. You agree that the USSDR will have first choice of forum regardless of your location.
Waiver and Severability of Terms. The failure of the USSDR to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the TOS shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of the TOS is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the TOS remain in full force and effect.
No Right of Survivorship and Non-Transferability. You agree that your USSDR Account and Registration is non-transferable and any rights to your USSDR 10 Digit ID Number or Profile Contents within your Account and Registration terminate upon your death. Upon receipt of a copy of a death certificate, your account may be terminated and all contents therein permanently deleted.
Statute of Limitations. You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of the USSDR Services or the TOS must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.
The section titles in the TOS are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect.
Please report any violations of the TOS privately to our Customer Service Department.