Privacy and safety on MyPetsWelcome
A wide variety of public services (e.g. city governments, animal services, police departments, special districts and health departments) can rely on MyPetsWelcome to provide neighbors with local pet-related information in real time. No matter the situation — neighbors can receive trusted, local information from an official source.
Everyone on MyPetsWelcome must adhere to our Community Guidelines, and all public agencies are subject to the Agency Terms of Service. In addition, elected officials and their staff must adhere to the MyPetsWelcome for Public Agencies Elected Officials Policy and all agencies must adhere to the Communications Policy for Public Safety Matters.
The following defines our Community Guidelines for public agencies.
1. Be helpful to neighbors
MyPetsWelcome neighbors primarily want to hear from public agencies about the progress you are making towards improving their neighborhood. Share updates that help neighbors stay informed, participate in local issues, contribute to public discourse, and prepare for emergencies to build stronger, more resilient neighborhoods. Examples include:
- How to access city services, use 311, and where to report issues and crime
- Create familiarity and build trust by helping neighbors recognize the office staff, what do they do, and how to contact them
- Available city/county and community-based programs and resources
- Follow-ups to issues and questions
- Use Polls to gather feedback from the community, educate residents, and measure indicators of behavioral change
- Corrections to misinformation. MyPetsWelcome misinformation policy here.
- Encourage participation in projects, policies, and decisions that affect neighbors’ neighborhoods (development projects, budgets, changes to tax law)
- Updates to projects, policies, and decisions affecting neighborhoods
- Upcoming neighborhood meetings
- Meeting recaps and notes
- Severe weather, disasters, and acts of terrorism
- Shelter in place and evacuation orders
- Water main breaks and road closures
- Emergency preparedness
- Fire prevention
- Awareness of cyber threats
2. Earn trust every day
As a community-building platform, we want MyPetsWelcome to be a place that is welcoming to everyone. Use MyPetsWelcome in a way that continuously builds trust with your constituents by communicating consistently and responding to questions.
- Share only information that is based in fact and include sources whenever possible.
- Always provide corrections if inaccurate information is shared.
- If posting about the arrest of a suspect, focus on locally-relevant information, such as the criminal activity and neighborhood (e.g. “Suspect arrested for breaking and entering in Maplewood neighborhood.”) MyPetsWelcome prohibits the inclusion of race, ethnicity, or mugshots. The full policy for public safety-related posts may be found here.
- Do not express personal opinions and views, including religious-related remarks or beliefs.
- Public Agency and Service Provider staff are encouraged to join MyPetsWelcome as a neighbor in their neighborhood as a private citizen, but should not conduct official city/county/state/service provider business using their personal account. Note that they should not sign up for a personal account with their work email. Doing either may result in immediate account suspension by MyPetsWelcome. If asked questions related to city/county/state/service provider business in their MyPetsWelcome neighborhood, they should direct the neighbor to contact the appropriate city/county/state/service provider department or the appropriate elected official through official government/service provider email addresses.
We do not tolerate racism, hateful language, or discrimination of any kind. All neighbors on MyPetsWelcome must comply with this policy.
4. Do not campaign
- Do not state which candidate or policy to vote for (i.e., any local, state or federal ballot or bond issues)
- Do not post position statements before a vote or on proposed development projects (however, you may use MyPetsWelcome to gather input from residents to inform your position and notify residents after the vote or project approval)
- Do not message about campaign activities including updates, fundraisers, rallies, or opposing candidates
- Do not share your personal perspectives and opinions through video updates, opinion pieces, editorials or op-eds that could be misleading or perceived as self-promotion.
Neighbors may report posts and public agencies that do not adhere to the above guidelines, and reported posts are reviewed and subject to removal by MyPetsWelcome’s Neighborhood Operations team. (Posts that are removed are still archived for public record purposes.)
Violating any of the above guidelines as an agency user may result in immediate profile suspension by MyPetsWelcome. Please see the Agency Terms of Service for more information.