Name, Purpose, and Seal of the Association



SECTION I -         Name:  The name of this organization shall be “Colorado Association of Animal Control Officers”.


SECTION II -        Purpose:  The purpose of this association is to be a non-profit association to improve the methods of animal control/welfare practice, to promote

justice and equity in the enforcement of animal control/welfare laws, and to advance the health, comfort, morale, and welfare of all Animal Care Professionals in the State of Colorado. 


SECTION II -        Seal:  The corporate seal of the association shall be as follows:

































SECTION I - The association shall be composed of charter, active, and honorary members as herein defined.


Section II (Active member) - Active members of the association are persons who are involved with and responsible for the enforcement of animal laws, ordinances, regulations, or State Statutes and are bona fide employees of and receive salaries from National, State, County, or Municipal governments, a political subdivision thereof, or are contracted to provide animal control/management/welfare investigation and enforcement services for a governmental entity. Active members shall be those members who have applied for membership and paid the dues prescribed by said association. 


SECTION III -       Charter members of this association are those members who were accepted as active members when first organized, January 1, 1975. 

Section IV (Associate member) - Associate members of the association are persons who are affiliated with the animal control/welfare industry. Associate membership shall be conferred by a unanimous vote of the Board of Directors.  They shall, in all respects, be subject to the same rules, fees, and charges and will be entitled to the same rights and privileges as an active member, except they shall not be entitled to hold office in the association nor shall they be entitled to vote.

Section V - Honorary membership may be conferred upon any individual who has performed outstanding services for the association or for an animal control/welfare program in any area, and whose interest in our aims and purposes entitle him/her to the privilege.  Honorary membership shall be conferred by a unanimous vote of the Board of Directors.  No honorary member shall be entitled to hold office in the association nor shall any honorary member be entitled to vote.


SECTION VI -      Each active member shall be entitled to one vote on each matter submitted to a vote of the members of this association, not to exceed five votes for each single department or agency. 






SECTION I -         The annual dues of active members shall be not less than thirty dollars for an individual membership.  A group or agency membership is available for five or more individuals at an annual fee of not less than $120.  The annual payment of dues includes membership in the National Animal Control Association.  An agency or group membership shall provide five NACA memberships and five votes. Benefits of CAACO-sponsored educational presentations will apply to all individuals of any member agency or group.  The board of directors may take action to increase the annual dues from this base.  This action shall be limited to not more than 20% of the current dues and not more frequently than once within any 23-month period.  Association memberships are transferable within departments or agencies to allow for personnel changes.


SECTION II -        This association shall have a fiscal year running from January 1 to December 31.




Officers and Board of Directors


SECTION I -         Eligibility:  Any active member shall be eligible for consideration for officer and board positions.


SECTION II -        Officers:  The officers of this association shall be the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.


SECTION III -       Board of Directors:  The Board of Directors of this association shall consist of the elected officers of the association, three elected regional directors, the elected Education Director, the electedWebsite / Newsletter Director, and up to four of the most recent past presidents. 


SECTION IV -      The officers and directors shall serve terms as follows for each office:

                                President – two years

                                Vice President—two years

                                Secretary—two years

                                Treasurer—two years

                                Elected Regional Directors—two years per region/section

                                Education Director—two years

                                Website / Newsletter Director—two years 


SECTION V -        Quorum:  A simple majority of the elected members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum.


SECTION VI -      Elections:  Shall take place at the spring association meeting.  In the case of disability, resignation, or removal of any officer of the board, his/her successor shall be chosen by the Board to serve as an active voting board member until the spring meeting.


Elected regional directors shall be elected to represent their respective regions at the general membership meeting during the annual spring meeting election process.




Duties of Officers


SECTION I -         President:  The president shall be chairperson for the Board of Directors and shall be presiding officer of the association.  He/she shall have general supervision, direction, and control of the business and affairs of the corporation.  In case of a tie vote of the general membership, the President shall cast the deciding vote. 


SECTION II -        Vice President:  In case of the absence or disability of the President, or at his/her request, the Vice President shall assume all the powers and perform all the duties of the President for as long a time as the President may request the same or during such absence or disability.


                The Vice President shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may from time to time be prescribed for him/her by the Board of Directors.


SECTION III -       Secretary:  It shall be the duty of the Secretary to issue all notices of meetings, to note proceedings of the same, to keep the records of the association, to conduct the general correspondence, to have custody of the seal, by-laws, records, and other documents, and to perform the usual duties of such office.


SECTION IV -      Treasurer:  It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to have charge and custody of, and to be responsible for all funds and securities of the association; to receive and give receipts for all monies due and payable to the association from any source whatsoever; the deposit of all such monies and the name of the association in such banks, trust companies or other depositories as shall be selected in accordance with the provisions of these by-laws; and in general, perform all other duties as from time to time may be assigned.  The Treasurer may be bonded in an amount determined by the Board of Directors and the fee for said bond shall be paid by the association.


SECTION V -        Board of Directors:  The Board of Directors shall be the governing body of this association and shall exercise the powers and duties usually exercised by a board of directors, including but not limited to the following:


                     a) Determination of matters of policy of the association when general meetings are not in session.

                     b) Direction of the various committees of the association upon matters of policy and position for the association.

                     c) Review of and recommendations on proposed or pending legislation when such matters have been referred to the Board of Directors by any member of                            the association. 






SECTION I -         Semi-annual meetings of the association shall be held in the spring and fall.  The date, time, and location of such meetings shall be determined by the Board of Directors.  Notice of date, time, and location of meetings shall be given to members at least thirty days prior to such meetings.


SECTION II -        The Board of Directors shall meet immediately after each association meeting and hold at least one other regular meeting to be determined by the President as to place and time during the year. 


SECTION III -       The Board of Directors shall meet at such other time as called by the President or upon written request of three members of the Board.


SECTION IV -      Special meetings of the association may be called by the Board of Directors providing that thirty days notice is given to all members.


SECTION V -        Any Board member who misses more than two consecutive meetings may be removed from the Board if the circumstances surrounding the absences warrant and a motion for such removal is made and approved by a quorum of the Board at a formal Board meeting.





SECTION I -         The President shall be chairperson ex-officio of committees and shall appoint the chairperson of all committees.



Rules of Conduct


SECTION I -         The rules of order as contained in Roberts Manual shall govern this association except when inconsistent with the constitution of this association. 


SECTION II -        This association shall conduct business at the association meetings without regard to the number of members present.





These By-Laws may be altered or amended by a two-thirds vote of the active membership present at any association meeting, provided that such proposed amendment shall be submitted to the Board of Directors not less than sixty days prior to an association meeting, and the Board shall then report its recommendations to the association.


Signed copy on file 042515.