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Privacy Policy

CAHS privacy purpose statement

The Cochrane & Area Humane Society respects your privacy. We protect your personal information and adhere to all legislative requirements with respect to protecting privacy.

We do not rent, sell or trade our mailing lists. The information you provide will be used to deliver services and to keep you informed and up to date on the activities of the Cochrane & Area Humane Society, including programs, services, special events, funding needs, opportunities to volunteer or to give, open houses, and more through periodic contacts. As well, your information may be used to provide tax receipts, contact prize winners, and keep you informed of other events and fundraising opportunities in support of the Cochrane & Area Humane Society.  

Unless otherwise instructed, your name may be used in other expressions of gratitude for your assistance to our organization. If at any time you wish to be removed from any list, simply contact us by phone at 403-932-2072 ext. 102 or via email at, and we will gladly accommodate your request. Please allow 15 business days to allow us to update our records accordingly.

CAHS privacy policy statement

Our commitment

The Cochrane & Area Humane Society (“CAHS”) is committed to protecting the privacy of the personal information of its employees, members, customers, and other stakeholders. We value the trust of those we deal with, and of the public, and recognize that maintaining this trust requires that we be transparent and accountable in how we treat the information that you choose to share with us.

During our various projects and activities, we frequently gather and use personal information. Anyone from whom we collect such information should expect it to be carefully protected and that any use of or other dealings with this information is subject to consent. Our privacy practices are designed to achieve this.

Defining personal information

Personal information is any information that can be used to distinguish, identify, or contact a specific individual. This information can include an individual’s opinions or beliefs and facts about or related to the individual.

Business contact information and certain publicly available information, such as names, addresses and telephone numbers published in telephone directories, are not considered personal information. Where an individual uses his or her home contact information as business contact information as well, we consider that the contact information provided is business contact information and is not, therefore, subject to protection as personal information.  

Privacy practices

Personal information gathered by the CAHS is kept in confidence. Our personnel are authorized to access personal information based only on their need to deal with the information for the reason(s) it was obtained. Safeguards are in place to ensure that the information is not disclosed or shared more widely than is necessary to achieve the purpose for which it was gathered, including the prohibition of volunteer access to the Society’s computer databases.

We also take measures to ensure the integrity of this information is maintained and to prevent its being lost or destroyed. We collect, use, and disclose personal information only for purposes that a reasonable person would consider appropriate in light of the circumstances. We routinely offer individuals we deal with the opportunity to opt not to have their information share for purposes beyond those for which it was explicitly collected.  

Website & electronic commerce

We use password protocols and/or encryption software to protect personal and other information we receive when a product or service is requested and/or paid for online. Our software is routinely updated to maximize protection of such information.

Updating of privacy policy

We regularly review our privacy practices for our various activities and update our policy. Please check the CAHS website for the current Privacy Policy.

Contact information

Questions, concerns or complaints relating to the CAHS’ privacy policy on the treatment of personal information should be emailed to: – Attention: Privacy Officer. Further information on privacy and your rights regarding your personal information may be found on the website of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada at and on the Alberta Government’s PIPA website at

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