Animal control is now the responsibility of the Cocopah Police Department. Please direct any reports and concerns accordingly.
On January 9, 1998, the Cocopah Indian Tribe adopted an Animal Control Ordinance and established the powers and duties of Cocopah Indian Housing and Development (CIHAD) in executing the provisions of that Ordinance.
In support of this function, CIHAD has assumed all aspects of animal control on the reservation including, but not limited to: providing pet ownership responsibility education and counseling, sponsoring rabies vaccination clinics, rescuing stray/unwanted animals for delivery to the local humane society and disposing of deceased animals, as well as supervising quarantines in dog bite cases.
An annual Rabies Vaccination Clinic is conducted jointly by CIHAD, the Indian Health Service and the Yuma Army Proving Ground veterinary services. This service is provided free-of-charge to tribal members.
Dependent on available funding and partnering with other agencies, CIHAD is working to bring other pet care programs to the reservation. These anticipated programs include:
• A low-cost spay and neutering clinic • Dog obedience training classes • Pet care classes
To reclaim an animal, the owner must show proof of shots and license and pay additional charges assessed by the Humane Society. These charges include: Impound Fee Basic Shots, Flea and Tick Treatment Boarding Fee and Other charges may also be assessed.