Animal Shelter

Please Note: The Linda McNatt Animal Care & Adoption Center has postponed dog surrenders until Monday, July 25, 2022.

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The Linda McNatt Animal Care and Adoption Center is the City of Denton's animal shelter run by the Animal Services department. The shelter opened in February 2015, thanks to the efforts of the Denton Animal Support Foundation (DASF), who raised $2 million to help fund construction of the facility.

The shelter includes a vet clinic, care areas, and an adoption center. As a municipal shelter, we must accept all animals surrendered by Denton citizens, regardless of breed or condition. The shelter must also accept animals rescued as stray or abandoned, and those seized for abuse or neglect.

Dog for Adoption
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  1. Adopting a Pet
  2. Reclaiming Your Lost Pet
  3. Surrendering a Pet
  4. What to Do if Your Pet is Lost
  5. What to Do if You Find a Pet in Your Neighborhood (Denton residents only)

Adopting a Pet

Adoptions are open to anyone searching for a new furry family member. To see pets available for adoption, visit Denton PetFinder.

The Linda McNatt Animal Care and Adoption Center is open for walk-in visits for animal adoptions with a limited capacity of 10 people at a time.

  • If you find your forever pet, follow this simple process:
  • Bring a valid form of identification.
  • Complete the applicable adoption paperwork, pay the adoption fee, and leave with your new best friend!

Adoption Fees

The adoption fee for a dog or cat, includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip, appropriate testing (Heartworm and Cat Combo), rabies vaccinations, and a City license for Denton residents.

AnimalFee
Dog$60
Cat$60
Small and Furry$10


If more than one adopter is present for the same pet when the shelter opens at 10 am, it is our current practice to hold a drawing. Please arrive a few minutes early to receive your ticket, with only one ticket given per household. You must be present when the shelter opens at 10 am to participate in the drawing.