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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 temporarily closed 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

Can I still visit the shelter and adopt a pet?
Yes, we are still open for adoptions however, we have implemented a change in our process to provide social distancing for our staff and residents:
  • Visit www.denton.petfinder.com and browse our available pets
  • Contact the shelter to schedule an adoption appointment: (940) 349-7594.
  • Arrive at your scheduled time and meet with your new best friend!

What if I need to surrender my animal?
Even though we are open for adoptions, it is at a limited capacity. Due to this, we will not be intaking owner surrenders at this time. We kindly ask that you hold on to your animal until we are fully open for business again.


What if I find a stray animal?
As a precautionary measure we are attempting to limit our number of intakes, so we do not reach capacity. 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.


What if I need to reclaim my animal?
Please call the shelter and schedule an appointment to reunite with your animal. Please remember that all applicable fees will still apply.


Can I still trap wildlife?
We kindly ask that you temporarily discontinue trapping wildlife. Due to the reduction in our field operation we are only responding to animal emergency related calls.

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