Please contact UPAWS directly by phone (906-475-6661) to discuss your need to surrender your pet. Our staff will have a variety of questions to ask to see if we can help you keep your pet or if there may be an alternative to your pet coming to UPAWS. Shelters are often stressful for an animal, so if an alternative can be reached it is a win-win!
Some things to consider as alternatives to surrender (click links to learn more)
Are you surrendering your pet for behavioral issues? UPAWS can help! Our staff has lots of experience with animal behavior and we can guide you towards helping your pet be better behaved and fit into your home. We also have contacts with local dog trainers and can connect you with a professional that can help.
Are you surrendering your cat because of potty issues? Cats develop potty issues for specific reasons. Most often they have a urinary tract infection and the behavior can be changed with some simple medical treatments. Other times the issue stems from changes in the household, litter box placement or stress. Please talk to UPAWS staff or your veterinarian about how you can help your kitty.
Are you surrendering your pet because you are moving? Check out our Pet Friendly Housing resource page!
Are you surrendering your pet because you cannot afford the care? Please connect with UPAWS staff about our Food Pantry program, Community Spay and Neuter program and other resources.
The UPAWS Staff and Volunteers are here to help. We would love to assist you in finding a solution to either keep your beloved pet or avoid surrendering your pet to UPAWS. Please call anytime. If we are unable to answer the phone, please leave a message. We will call you back as soon as possible.
If a decision is reached to surrender your pet, please be aware that we ask for an appointment to be scheduled.
A monetary donation is not required however is greatly appreciated to help ensure a safe, humane haven for animals that have no other place to go. Your donation will help with the care of your pet.
- UPAWS relies on donations and fees to care for approximately 1,400 animals each year. We do not receive any national or local government funding.
- We place no time limit on any animal’s length of stay in the shelter, and your donation will help with the care of your animal.
How to Bring A Pet to UPAWS
1. Call (906) 475-6661. Speak to a staff member and schedule an appointment.
2. Download, print and fill out the appropriate profile form (below links) to help us learn about your pet so we can place he/she in a appropriate new home. This is helpful if you can do this before hand, you can take your time filling the profile at home and save time at UPAWS.
Cat Personality Profile
Dog Personality Profile
Rabbit Personality Profile
Guinea Pig Personality Profile
Bird Personality Profile
Reptile Personality Profile
3. Bring your pet and any veterinary records for the pet to your scheduled appointment.
Questions, comments or concerns: please contact us at (906) 475-6661