Animal Wardens enforce the County dog tag and rabies vaccination laws, pick up strays, remove neglected animals from their homes, and respond to animal nuisance calls and livestock and fowl kill claims.

Contact the Animal Wardens if your pet or farm animal is missing, attacked or killed, or if:

  • You or someone you are responsible for is bitten or attacked by an animal
  • You want to report a stray or neglected animal
  • You can no longer take care of your pet on your own

Unlicensed, stray and surrendered dogs are taken to the Westmoreland County Animal Shelter or a local humane society. Because of the vast number of unwanted pets, many will be put down. You may visit the shelter or humane society and adopt a cat or dog for a small fee. Virginia law requires that adopted pets must be spayed or neutered. Contact the Animal Warden for more information.

Local Animal Shelters

Westmoreland County Animal Shelter
6154 Stratford Hall Road
Montross, VA 22520
804-493-0869 (leave message)

Dale J. Berry
Animal Warden

Tommy Hamilton
Deputy Animal Warden


6154 Stratford Hall Road
Montross, VA 22520

Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 1000
Montross, VA 22520

Colonial Beach Humane Society
P.O. Box 393
Colonial Beach, VA 22443

Northern Neck Humane Society
P.O Box 233
Reedville, VA 22539