Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter

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Community Service Volunteer Information

Program Overview: UPAWS offers the opportunity for those with court-mandated community service (or fines to work off) to complete their hours at the shelter.

Age Requirement: 18+ (unless otherwise authorized by volunteer manager)

Animal Handling: No (unless otherwise authorized by volunteer manager)

Prerequisite: Must have volunteer coordinator’s approval. We cannot accept volunteers convicted of cruelty to animals, domestic violence, sexual assault, assault, theft, retail fraud, violent crimes, felonies or certain drug charges.

Orientation: none – person will be shown what needs to be done when they arrive at shelter. A list of tasks will be given to person and once show what to do, person must be able to work independently without a lot of one-on-one supervision with the expectation that the tasks will be completed in a timely manner.

Duties: This shift includes, but is not limited to: maintenance, mopping, sweeping, vacuuming, laundry, outdoor animal clean up, window washing and washing bowls.  Must be able to lift 10-25 lbs.

Scheduling: Available Shifts Include: Daily 9:00am- 4:00pm

Dress Code: Clothing must be appropriate for working in a wet and dirty environment and should also be appropriate for working outdoors. Tennis shoes or boots are the preferred footwear. Must be close-toed – no sandals. Overly baggy pants, short shorts, dresses or skirts, tank tops, dangling jewelry, and hats are not allowed. (Hats for cold weather are allowed when outdoors) Electronic devices such as cell phones, Ipods, headphones, etc. are prohibited while working. Smoking / tobacco use is not allowed on the UPAWS campus.

Logging Hours: We will sign the documentation required for the court.

Customer Interaction: This shift will rarely involve interaction with the public.

To apply for Court Mandated Community Service:  Please contact our Volunteer Manager by email at: volunteer@upaws.org. Provide the following information in the email:


  • Court documentation of offense
  • Number of hours to be completed
  • Deadline for completion
  • All Court-Ordered Community Service volunteers are required to abide by all policies of the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter. UPAWS has the right to dismiss a volunteer from service at any time. Volunteers who successfully complete their service hours will have their documentation signed or if need be, given a verification letter.


Commitment:  Hours may vary but must provide schedule in advance.  A no show/no call is considered a voluntary drop from this program.

Waiver of liability: Online document must be filled in and acknowledged.

Housing requirement and government assistance community service:  Our non-court community service volunteering for housing requirements or to receive monetary assistance from the government consist of assignments primarily involving in-shelter chores, heavy duty cleaning, shoveling and raking outdoors, animal waste cleanup and building maintenance or hanging posters in the community and other such tasks.  We can not guarantee that we have hours per month each month for the requirement as the are limited to tasks needed. Please email our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@upaws.org for availability and more information.

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


815 South State Highway M553
Gwinn, MI 49841
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