Community Guidelines

Maddie's Pet Forum Community Guidelines

We are dedicated to maintaining a respectful and inclusive community. Please keep the following in mind when participating on Maddie’s Pet Forum.

Be Respectful - Please be polite to all members, even if you disagree with them. Keep in mind that there are real people reading your posts and comments. Posts, comments and profile bios that are spammy, contain explicit content, or advertise the sale of products or pets will be removed.

Be Authentic - Whether you’re a volunteer at a local shelter or the leader of your own pack, be yourself when creating your profile and represent your role in caring for animals on your profile. Share original content in your discussions, comments and private messages or be sure to give credit to the author when sharing someone else’s work. Link stuffing (adding links that are not relevant to the community) and ads for the sale of products or services will be removed.

Be a Contributor - Help us establish the forum as a powerful tool in animal welfare by contributing thoughtful answers and liking/recommending good content. Make sure you post to the correct topic to avoid off-topic discussions.

Be Safe - Protect your personal information. Any contact information you share in comments and discussions will be visible to everyone. If you want to share private contact information with another member, we encourage you to use the private messaging feature within the forum and visit your Privacy Settings to choose what others see on your profile.

Moderation Guidelines - In order to provide a safe space for our community, any discussions or comments you post may be removed at any time if a Moderator feels it violates the community guidelines. Additional action may also be taken to limit your access to the forum.

The intention of Maddie’s Pet Forum is to provide support to Animal Welfare Professionals and Volunteers. Any unrelated items that detract from the conversation may be removed at the discretion of the administration team.

But of course, we can’t do it without you. Help us cultivate a strong digital animal welfare community by reporting discussions, answers and members that you feel abuse or violate these guidelines. 

Maddie's Pet Forum is not a substitute for veterinary care. If your pet is experiencing an emergency, please contact your local veterinarian.

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