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Animal Services

The mission of Animal Services department is to promote the health, safety, and welfare of animals and people in Denton through responsive and compassionate service.

Contact Animal Services at (940) 349-7594 or AnimalServices@cityofdenton.com.


COVID-19 Procedures and FAQs

Thank you for your patience as we implement measures to safeguard the well-being of the community and staff and minimize the spread of COVID-19. If you have questions, concerns, and/or comments, please call us at (940) 349-7594.

Facility Closure Effective March 18:
Linda McNatt Animal Care and Adoption Center will be closed to walk-ins starting March 18. However, we will still offer limited services on an appointment-only basis. All events are also canceled. Check www.cityofdenton.com/coronavirus for COVID-19 updates.

Frequently Asked Questions
How can I visit an animal or surrender my animal?
The Linda McNatt Animal Care & Adoption Center is open for walk-in visits for animal adoptions with a limited capacity of 10 people at a time.

To surrender a pet or stray animal, please schedule an appointment using the QLess system online or through the app available for download on iPhone and Android devices. Click here to learn more.

If you have questions, please contact Animal Services at (940) 349-7594. View all adoptable pets at www.cityofdenton.com/animalservices.

Can I still register my animal?
Yes, Denton Animal Services is offering city registration in person. We ask for patience during this time as we are still adhering to COVID restrictions regarding capacity. In the event a resident is unable to physically visit the shelter they can mail in their completed registration form coupled with the current rabies vaccination certificate for their pet(s). Payment for either of these options can be made over the phone or in person.

Where can I see available pets? 
All of our available pets are on www.denton.petfinder.com. Go there and browse our available pets.

What if I find a stray animal?
If you find a stray animal, please contact the shelter first to determine if we are able to accept it. You can also utilize the Finding Rover App to help the owner find the animal.

Can I still trap wildlife?
Citizens can trap wildlife again. Please monitor the trap daily and inform animal control when an animal is trapped by contacting the non-emergency number. We also ask citizens not to trap if there is bad weather - really cold or really hot. If an animal is left the trap and dies due to neglect (keeping it out in extreme weather and not notifying animal services), the death can be considered animal cruelty. 

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