Chief of Animal Control
Jennifer Toussaint is the chief of animal control in Arlington County, Virginia, at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. Jennifer joined the animal control team in early 2012 as a deputy and accepted the chief position in 2016. Since becoming chief, Jennifer has implemented a local ordinance in relation to exotic animal care and ownership. She has also expanded the animal control department’s outreach efforts in providing additional support to pet owners to enable high owner-pet retention in the community. She specializes nationally in humane urban wildlife management practices and has been published multiple times on the topic. Jennifer is a CIT-trained officer and has trained animal control and welfare professionals on a variety of topics: active listening, emergency preparedness, emotional support and service animals, animal neglect/cruelty investigations, and wildlife intake and triage. She is the incident commander for the Community Animal Response Team in Arlington. Jennifer is the 2017 recipient of the Virginia Animal Control Association Dr. Kent Roberts Animal Control Officer of the Year award, and she also received a commendation from the Virginia General Assembly for her service. In 2020, her department won the Outstanding Agency of the Year award from the Virginia Animal Control Association. She is a graduate of Moravian College with a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish. Jennifer shares her home with her rescue dogs Rheagan and Ducky.