Animal Laws & Ordinances

Responsible pet ownership is governed by a framework of humane laws and policies to ensure the protection of both pets and residents. The City of Denton Animal Services enforces both City ordinance (Chapter 6 ordinance) and State animal laws (Health and Safety Code, Chapter 821-829).

Pet Registration

Per City Ordinance section 6-14, all dogs, cats, or ferrets over four months of age are required to be registered with Animal Services. The owner is required to provide current rabies vaccination certificate, issued by a licensed veterinarian.

All animals registered with the City will be issued a tag that should be worn by the animal at all times. In the event that your pet is lost the tag and microchip can assist with the reunification.

Pet Registration Form (PDF)

Registration Forms along with rabies certificates and proof of sterilization can be emailed to [email protected], mailed to 3717 N Elm Street, Denton TX 76207, or dropped off at the shelter. Registration Fees can be paid in person at the shelter via check, cash, or card. Card payments can also be taken over the phone at 940-349-7594. 

City Registration Fees

Registration TypeFee
Sterilized Pet with Microchip$0
Sterilized Pet$4
Not Sterilized Pet$25

Local Animal Laws

  • Community Animal Laws
  • Animal Restrain and Tethering Animals Ordinance
    • The mission of the Animal Services department is to promote the health, safety and welfare of animals in Denton. The new tethering ordinance, effective November 11, 2020, is designed to protect unattended animals by restricting the use of tethers, chain or similar apparatuses unless a person in care, custody or control remains with the animal during the time of restraint. Tethering Ordinance FAQs (PDF).

State Animal Laws

Health and Safety Code, Chapter 821-829