Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter

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Read to Your Shelter Pet Program, sponsored by the Literacy Legacy Fund of Michigan.

Introducing the Read to Your Shelter Pet Program sponsored by the amazing Literacy Legacy Fund of Michigan and UPAWS! Get ready to have loads of fun while making a positive impact on shelter animals. Here’s everything you need to know:

  • The program will take place monthly on the third Thursday, from 4:30 PM to 5:15 PM. Mark your calendars!
  • To get started, parents and children must complete the volunteer application and waiver of liability (scroll down for the link) and watch two informative videos: the Read to Your Shelter Pet Video and the Cat Language video.
  • Once you’ve completed the requirements, you can easily sign up for your preferred reading time through the UPAWS online designated link.
  • To ensure a personalized and cozy experience, each reading session will only accommodate a maximum of four children and two accompanying adults.
  • Please note that reading sessions will be exclusively held with our adorable cats and small critters, as our dog area is not open to the public.
  • Safety first! All adults in the family who plan to accompany the child must apply and sign the waiver for our volunteer program.
  • We kindly request that at least one adult accompany the readers at all times.
  • This fantastic program is open to readers of all levels, from kindergarten to 8th graders. It’s never too early or too late to discover the joy of reading!

A massive shout-out and heartfelt thank you goes to the Literacy Legacy Fund of Michigan for their incredible support. Let’s come together and create a paw-some experience for our shelter pets!

GET STARTED HERE! https://www.volgistics.com/appform/138572639

Enjoy humane educational videos with your children at home with “Read with UPAWS” humane storytime presented by UPAWS and sponsored by the Literacy Legacy Fund of Michigan.

VIDEOS LINK: Read with UPAWS Stories


More fun things to do at home!

Read a great book. We love RedRover’s Recommended Books with Humane Themes for preschool, early elementary, and middle-grade readers. Their page is organized by topic, so you can pick what interests you most.

Play a game together. Check out this printable board game from the Animal Welfare Institute and help pretend dogs or cats get the care they need! There is even a black-and-white version you can color yourself for even more fun.

Make some cool crafts for your furry friends.  Our shelter kitties always enjoy a new hand-made blanket if you would like to make something to donate. How to link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGlXY2Eux6g

Our shelter dogs like snuffle mats if you like to make them: Here is the link: https://www.freekidscrafts.com/pet-snuffle-mat/

Contact Us

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

Shelter Hours

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 12pm to 4pm
Wednesday: 12pm to 4pm
Thursday: 12pm to 4pm
Friday: 11am to 4pm
Saturday: 11am to 4pm
Sunday: 11am to 4pm


815 South State Highway M553
Gwinn, MI 49841
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