Important Message for Our Volunteers

Hello Everyone,

As a valued volunteer, we feel it is essential to share the steps we are taking to keep our shelter healthy and safe as we collectively face the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

We understand the growing concern surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19) across our communities. UPAWS top priority is to keep our staff, volunteers, and visitors safe and healthy and to provide for the animals in our care to the very best of our abilities.

Volunteers must not come to UPAWS if you or someone in your home is ill, especially if experiencing respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, or fatigue.

If you are immune compromised, for your safety, we ask that you stay away from the shelter at this time. Please let us know if you have a scheduled shift.

We ask all volunteers to cooperate in taking steps to reduce the transmission of infectious diseases:

  1. Stay home when you are sick.
  2. Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds.
  3. Cover your mouth with tissues whenever you sneeze, and discard used tissues in the trash.
  4. Avoid people who are sick with respiratory symptoms.
  5. Clean frequently touched surfaces.
  6. Avoid touching your face.
  7. Avoid shaking hands.

At this time, healthy approved and active volunteers are still allowed to participate in their regularly scheduled volunteer activities. Please do not bring others with you who are not authorized volunteers.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and do all we can to protect you, your family, our staff, visitors, and our shelter animals. The health and well-being of our community and animals is our number one priority, and we will continue to monitor the situation and follow the recommendations and guidelines of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).


Ann Brownell
Volunteer & Community Outreach Coordinator
Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter