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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?
In the event you need to adopt, reclaim or surrender an animal, prior to visiting Denton Animal Services, please follow this link Denton Animal Services Appointment to book an appointment through our Qless app. You will select an appointment time and then be notified when it's your turn to enter the shelter through text messaging.

The Qless app can also be found in the app store and can be used on your phone. 

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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