The Department is responsible for providing services and enforcing laws pertaining to both domestic animals and wildlife. The department which has a staff of fifty, is involved in a variety of activities including, provision of temporary shelter and adoption service for stray and surrendered animals, 24-hour emergency service for injured strays, quarantine of animals which have bitten humans, assistance in the removal of stray dogs and wildlife from public areas, conducting humane education programs and issuance of hunting permits. In 1975, the department in a cooperative arrangement with the Northern Virginia Veterinary Medical Association, also developed a reduced cost spay/neuter program for shelter adopted animals.
Amity, Richard, "Animal Control in Fairfax County, Virginia" (1985). Management and Control of Companion Animal Populations Collection. 3.