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.
- Adopting a Pet
- Reclaiming Your Lost Pet
- Surrendering a Pet
- What to Do if Your Pet is Lost
- 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's 24PetConnect page.
The Linda McNatt Animal Care and Adoption Center is open for walk-in visits for animal adoptions.
- 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!
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.
|Small and Furry
If more than one adopter is present for the same pet when the shelter opens at 10 a.m., 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.
Reclaiming Your Lost Pet
To reclaim your pet, you must:
- If you have lost your pet, prior to visiting our shelter, please call Denton Animal Services at (940) 349-7594 to arrange an appointment with a Customer Service Representative for your reclaim.
- Provide proof of ownership through pictures and/or medical records before completion of stray hold (96 hours).
- Show a certificate of current rabies vaccination signed by a licensed veterinarian or show a receipt of pre-payment for a rabies vaccination issued by a veterinary hospital or clinic.
- Show a valid photo ID.
- Fill out and sign an affidavit of ownership.
- Pay applicable fees, plus $8 daily boarding fee.
If your animal has not been reclaimed before the 96 hour stray hold then it will become property of the City of Denton Animal Shelter and will become available for adoption.
Impound / Boarding Fees
Requires spay or neuter, per section 6-17(d) of Denton Animal Control Ordinance.
Surrendering a Pet
Surrendering a pet can be an incredibly difficult decision. Our priority is to help you find a way for your pet to remain a member of your family. Before you decide to relinquish your pet, please consider the following resources:
- Adopt-A-Pet: We are now partnered with Adopt-a-pet.com to assist owners in safely re-homing pets. This service allows owners to list pets on the adopt-a-pet.com website and privately rehome them. This valuable service gives owners the option to list information about the pets and meet and screen potential owners. Begin the process of rehoming with Adopt-A-Pet.
- Denton County Animal Rehome Facebook Group: Denton County Animal Rehome Facebook Group.
- Texas Coalition for Animal Protection: TCAP is a recognized 501c3 nonprofit that provides compassionate solutions to pet overpopulation and community animal welfare. TCAP accomplishes this goal by making affordable, high quality preventative services available to Texas pet owners.
- Emergency Pet Food Pantry: Available Wednesdays & Saturdays from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Linda McNatt Animal Care & Adoption Center. This Denton Animal Support Foundation program is not set up to supply food permanently and is for temporary assistance only.
To Surrender a Pet
A confirmed appointment is required to surrender your pet.
Currently, our capacity for owner-surrendered animals is limited, and there is a waitlist in place. Additionally, if you are surrendering a dog, please complete this form to provide detailed information. Based on the information provided, we may contact you for additional details or to schedule an evaluation before confirming a surrender appointment. Be sure to upload a photo at the bottom of the form before submitting.
Please note that due to our often-full capacity, it may be several months before we’re able to accept your surrendered pet. Meanwhile, we understand the importance of finding a suitable solution and have included additional resources above to assist you.
Prior to visiting our shelter, call Animal Services at (940) 349-7594 or email [email protected] for additional surrender information.
What to Do if Your Pet is Lost
If your pet is missing, we recommend:
- Checking the Finding Rover app to see if your pet has been taken to an animal shelter. Finding Rover is a tool to help you reunite with your lost pet. The app provides instant identification of missing dogs and cats using photo facial recognition. The app matches faces of lost dogs and cats with those found or brought to the shelter and surrounding areas, allowing owners to look for their animals via smartphone or computer.
- Checking Denton Petango to determine if your pet is at the animal shelter.
- Reaching out to the Lost Dogs Denton TX Facebook group to see if anyone found your pet.
- Posting flyers in your neighborhood.
If you believe your pet is at the animal shelter, email the Animal Shelter immediately with the animal ID number (assigned during pet registration) noted in the subject line. You can also speak to a customer service representative in the front lobby during regular business hours and begin the reclaim process (fees may apply).
What to Do if You Find a Pet in Your Neighborhood (Denton residents only)
The City of Denton Animal Services is an open admission shelter and annually cares for thousands of animals. Because the City of Denton Animal Services can reach capacity at any time, kennel capacity can be limited.
Please consider the following to help with reuniting the pet with their owner:
- Take the pet to the nearest veterinary clinic, animal shelter, or spay/neuter clinic to scan the pet for a microchip. Contact the pet's microchip manufacturer and report the pet as found.
- Using the Finding Rover app, report the pet as "found". The Finding Rover app utilizes its pet facial recognition software to search all of the citizens who have reported a "lost" pet.
- Reach out to the Lost Dogs Denton TX Facebook group to create a free flyer for the "found" pet and post on social media.
- Post flyers in your neighborhood.
If all other avenues have been exhausted, lost pets may be brought to the Animal Shelter Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Linda McNatt Animal Care & Adoption Center
3717 N. Elm St.
Denton, TX 76207
3717 N. Elm St. Denton TX 76207
Phone (940) 349-7594
For Afterhours Emergencies: Dog bites, injured animals, aggressive animals, wildlife in houses, etc.
Call Police Dispatch: (940) 349-8181 (Option 1)
Monday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The animal shelter is closed for all City recognized holidays.