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The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter is pleased to announce support from the Upper Peninsula Health Plan for the Imagine the PAWSibilities Capital Campaign. UPHP sponsored UPAWS Staff Offices by providing approximately $10,000 of furnishings and equipment for the new shelter. Dennis Smith, UPHP President & CEO, stated, “We understand the stress and financial burden that moving to a new location can cause. Donating our used office furniture and appliances will not only help UPAWS function successfully and smoothly, but allow staff to focus on the needs of the pets and the potential owners taking in the wonderful animals that they help.” THANK YOU Upper Peninsula Health Plan for your support!

About UPHP: The mission of UPHP is to be an innovative health plan managing the care of our members in the Upper Peninsula guiding them to quality, cost-effective care through our network of providers improving the overall health of the communities we serve. To learn more about UPHP and their services, visit uphp.com.


Pictured- Left to Right – Back Row: Chelsey Poirier, Sara Bjork, Nicole Jacobson, Scott Lyman, Bridget Uren, Jackie Bessner, Tracy Magnuson
Front Row: Kori Tossava (UPAWS Executive Director), Coleen Pepin

The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter is pleased to announce Iron Range Agency‘s support of the Imagine the PAWSibilities Capital Campaign. Iron Range Agency has graciously sponsored the Outdoor Play Yard at the new shelter.

About Iron Range Agency: Iron Range Agency, located in Ishpeming, consists of a management team that has a combined total of over 100 years with the agency. They continue to operate with the same core values and customer service standards that have been the foundation of the agency since it started in 1971. Community involvement is a cornerstone value at Iron Range Agency, as it supports a number of community organizations and employees are active in many local and civic organizations throughout Marquette County. To find out more about Iron Range Agency visit www.ironrangeagency.com



 At its sold-out annual fundraising gala the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter announced the public kick-off for the Imagine the PAWSibilites: Campaign for an Animal Community Center.  The kick-off included a $100,000 challenge match from the Troudt Fund at the Community Foundation of Marquette County. From October 22 through December 31 every dollar given to the capital campaign would be matched.

UPAWS reached $100,000 in gifts on December 29th; at that time Mark and Christine Troudt pledged another $10,000 to match any gift received or postmarked before the end of the year.  At the completion of the challenge, UPAWS is excited to announce that approximately $120,000 was given in honor of the Troudt Challenge and will now receive the full $110,000 challenge gift! And these gifts came from over 250 individual donors, businesses, and foundations. The board, staff, and volunteers of UPAWS are honored to have such amazing support from the community.

Now that the Imagine the PAWSibilities Campaign to raise $3.7 million is underway, with the support of the Troudt Fund and the community, approximately $2.05M (55%) has been raised. However, UPAWS still has a long way to go. Construction will depend on reaching 80% of the fundraising goal, with an expected groundbreaking in 2017.

Contact Us

Phone: (906) 475-6661
Fax: (906) 475-6669
Email: info@upaws.org

Office Hours

Mon-Wed: 12pm to 4pm
Thursday: 12pm to 6:30pm
Friday-Sunday: 12pm-4pm


84 Snowfield Road
Negaunee Township
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