NOTE: Denton Animal Support Foundation does not operate the shelter and is not involved in shelter management, policies or decisions. Any information concerning pets at the shelter is received from shelter management and not verified by DASF. DASF is not located at the shelter.

For questions concerning the shelter, please contact the Linda McNatt Animal Care and Adoption Center online or call (940) 349-7594.

The new Denton Animal Shelter opened in January 2015. It is owned and operated by the City of Denton and is managed by the City of Denton Animal Services. It is a municipal shelter that must accept any animal (domestic or livestock), regardless of type, breed or condition, surrendered or reported by Denton residents, rescued as stray/abandoned or seized as abused, aggressive/dangerous.

The Linda McNatt Animal Care and Adoption Center refers to the portion of the Animal Services Facility that shelters domestic pets. It is named for the lead donor in the DASF capital campaign that raised $2.2 million in private funding toward the facility construction, equipment and supplies. The total cost of the whole facility was over $5.0 million. The DASF funding paid for the adoption and care areas: dog/cat adoption rooms, on-site veterinary clinic, cat enclosed porch, dog play yards, get-acquainted areas and more. The DASF capital campaign was a unique public-private partnership with regard to municipal shelters.

  • From July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, the shelter took in 5,477 animals – 1,994 cats & 3,029 dogs plus 454 livestock and wildlife.

  • The shelter serves the City of Denton and unincorporated Denton County.

  • The new Linda McNatt Animal Care and Adoption Center replaced the 33 year-old previous shelter which had seriously deteriorated. The new shelter has triple the capacity for abandoned pets, comfortable and pet-friendly housing, health/wellness clinic, adopter-friendly access, and an atmosphere of hope.

  • Adoption fees are affordable and include spay/neuter, vaccines, microchips, and more.

  • Professional and compassionate staff and volunteers take excellent care of the shelter pets as well as maintain a network of outstanding fosters.

  • The City underwrites the cost of vetting feral cats and offers them free as barn cats.

  • This shelter is considered state-of-the art and one of the best in Texas.

General Shelter Information

Linda McNatt Animal Care & Adoption Center
3717 North Elm Street
Denton, TX 76207

HOURS: Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM; closed Sunday and National Holidays.


Frequently Asked Questions

To see frequently asked questions about the Linda McNatt Animal Care & Adoption Center, please visit our Shelter FAQ page.


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