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New shelter provides better home for strays

New shelter provides better home for strays

New shelter provides better home for strays
March 04
22:51 2015

Ownerless dogs and cats of Denton received a new home after the Denton Animal Shelter Foundation raised more than $2 million.

The new Linda McNatt Animal Care and Adoption Shelter opened Feb. 2 at 3717 N. Elm St.

Before the new shelter was built, the old animal adoption shelter was overpopulated with animals coming from Denton and other surrounding cities.

“I think the shelter is going away from the typical, ‘Oh no it is doggy jail’ to now it is actually a care facility,” animal control officer Cindy Uber said.

The new 15,200 square-foot facility is capable of housing more than 400 animals. The center includes an on-site veterinarian clinic, grooming space, play rooms, turf patios, training rooms and even a room designated to photograph the animals.

5_pets_web2Mrs. Norris the cat takes advantage of being out of her kennel and rolls around on the floor. Mrs. Norris is a main coon cat.

Not only does the new shelter offer more space for the animals, but it was awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification, meaning it’s energy efficient.

As new animals check in to the facility, they are spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and receive a full checkup.

After the pets are determined healthy, visitors can adopt them for $60.

“The difference that you can make to an animal, it is just amazing and self-fulfilling,” Uber said.

Students looking to adopt can go to the shelter’s home page here: http://www.dentonasf.com/

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English and creative writing junior Zena Ahmed holds Mrs. Norris is a cardboard carrier. Ahmed adopted the cat yesterday from the new animal shelter.

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A drawing of a dog from a child. When the new facility opened, staff asked kids to draw pictures of dogs and cats for the kennels that didn’t have any animals in them yet.

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Dogs and cats are separated within the building so they no longer have to see each other.

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The Linda McNatt Animal Care and Adoptions center is located at 3717 N. Elm St. The old center on Woodrow Lane is being used as homeless shelter.

Featured Image: A portrait of Linda McNatt sits inside the waiting room of the new animal shelter.

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