Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter

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National Partners


The Grey Muzzle Organization improves the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, and other non-profit groups nationwide.

We are not a shelter or rescue group. Rather, Grey Muzzle funds programs such as hospice care, senior dog adoption, medical screening, and other special programs to help old dogs at animal welfare organizations across the country.

Visit: https://www.greymuzzle.org/


The Best Friends Network is comprised of 501(c)(3) public charity rescue groups, spay/neuter organizations and shelters actively saving lives and reducing shelter deaths locally.

Visit: https://network.bestfriends.org/about




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Amazon.com Smile and Wish List

Who they are: Amazon.com is an online shopping website.

How they support us: Through the Amazon Smile program anyone with an Amazon.com account can register UPAWS as their choice organization to support and 0.5% of all purchases will be donated to UPAWS. UPAWS also has a Wish List registry on which shoppers can select items to donate to UPAWS and they will ship directly to the shelter.

Visit Website: Amazon Smile  (Type Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter in the Search box)

Visit Website: Amazon Wish List

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WoofTrax: Walk for a Dog

Who they are: WoofTrax is a mobile app that encourages exercising with your dog and fundraising for shelters.

How they support us: Walk for a Dog is a simple, year-round fundraising app! It promotes healthy interaction between dogs and their owners, and raises money every day to support UPAWS and other shelters and rescues. It also gives people a reason to think about their local animal organization when they take their dogs for a walk. Download this mobile app and use it every time your grab the leash (including when you volunteer at UPAWS to walk the dogs!).

Visit Website: WoofTrax

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BISSELL’s Partners for Pets

Who they are: Bissell is a vacuum cleaner and floor care manufacturer.

How they support us: Shop pet products on www.bissell.com and enter the code ADOPT at checkout. Select UPAWS and we will receive a $1, $5 or $10 donation from Bissell as well as an entry into a $5,000 quarterly giveaway.

Visit Website: Bissell’s Partners for Pets

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Who they are: iGive.com is an “online mall”, with over 1,700 online stores, which donates a portion of purchases to charity.

How they support us: UPAWS is a chosen charity which will receive up to 26% of purchases made when shopping through the iGive.com online mall.

Visit Website: iGive.com

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Snuggles Project

Who they are: The Snuggles Project promotes blanket donations to animal shelters and is a project organized by Hugs for Homeless Animals, a humane education organization.

How they support us: We joined the Snuggles Project movement and encourage donations of yarn and support of volunteers to knit small snuggle blankets for the cats at UPAWS.

Visit Website: Snuggles Project

Contact volunteer@upaws.org to participate.


ASPCA & Lil’ Bub’s Big Fund for the ASPCA

Who they are: Lil’ Bub, who is an amazing cat, has teamed up with the ASPCA to support a cause close to her heart – animals with special needs.  A true kitty hero, BUB is using her fame to be a voice for cats and dogs, especially those who need some extra help. At UPAWS, we were fortunate enough to develop our “Extra Special Pets for Extra Special People” with funding assistance from Lil’ BUB to help medical/behaviorally challenged pets find their forever homes faster!

How they support us: UPAWS received a grant from Lil’ Bubs BIG Fund in fall of 2016 to support post adoption care for special needs pets.

Visit Website: Lil’ Bub’s Big Fund 

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Pedigree Foundation

Who they are: The PEDIGREE Foundation supports the people and organizations that work to ensure better outcomes for all dogs in need. Through their grant programs, they support organizations with big-impact ideas that might change the status quo.

How they support us: UPAWS received a gift from the Pedigree Foundation in 2014 to support our general operating funds and the work we do to help the animals.

Visit Website: Pedigree Foundation


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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