Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter

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Adoption Programs

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Lonely Hearts Club: 60 + days is a long time for a shelter pet to wait for a family. Every day, certain pets get passed over. We at UPAWS think they are very special, so special they get their own club! All Lonely Heart Club Members have their adoption fees PAID by Swick Home Services and kind supporters. Click here to learn more


Golden Paws Adoption Program: We love gold pawsour Golden Paws! These wonderful pets of a senior age make great companions – they have much love to give and are ready for a loving home. Pets over the age of 7 are a eligible for a reduced adoption fee! $35 for senior cats and $50 for senior dogs.



Buddy Program: Sometimes Two is better than One! Considering helping two homeless pets? Ask the UPAWS staff about current residents that are friends and would like to be re-homed together.  Eligible participants for the Buddy Program are ‘Adopt One get the Buddy for HALF OFF!’



Barn Buddies: Got mice? Consider one of our Rodent Control Technicians! These kitties are looking for a warm and safe barn in exchange for chores. Offer your barn for them and they’ll offer their services. Adoption Fee only $10. Eligible cats only. UPAWS may ask to see your barn set up. Click here to learn more.


Aged to Purr-fection – Senior to Senior Cat Adoption Program: Are you looking for unconditional love? Are you a senior 60 years or older? Check out this program! UPAWS Aged to Purr-fection program is all about senior humans rediscovering the joy of having a cat in their lives. This program places senior cats 8 years or older with senior citizens who are 60 years or older. Let UPAWS help you find the love of your life!

Eligible Adopters for this program will receive:
-FREE bag of food
-FREE bag of litter
-FREE litter pan
-Free kitty toy
-Free kitty dish
-AND the adoption fee will be WAIVED!

These cats may be considered ‘senior’, but we know they are truly young at heart. They have much love and life to give their new family…could that be you?

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Adopt a Birthday Buddy Program: Are you looking to celebrate your birthday in a truly special way? Give yourself the gift of companionship and adopt a furry friend. Take a trip to UPAWS on your birthday! If you fall in love with your new best friend, UPAWS will waive the adoption fee in honor of your birthday! We can think of no better way to celebrate your special day then with a new special someone joining your home. (kittens and puppies not included)


Pets for Patriots Program: UPAWS cares about veterans and military families. We can’t think of a better way to say ‘thank you for your service’ than by giving the unconditional love of a rescued pet. The love of a companion animal can make a tremendous difference in the life of a vet, especially one who is suffering from PTSD.

• Pets for Patriots is free for any active or inactive member of the military. You must be adopting for yourself.
• The program is for dogs and cats six months on up.
• UPAWS is waiving the fee of any PFP adopters
• A free pet gift starter package included with adoption.

I’m a veteran – how do I qualify for the program?
To qualify for UPAWS Pets for Patriots, please bring your military DD-214, and valid ID with you to the shelter when you come to adopt.


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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