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Local Partners

Platinum Partners


Thank you so much to our 2024 UPAWS Platinum Partners!

Mares Z Doats

Iron Range Agency

Nicolet National Bank

Select Realty

Platinum Partners will receive special recognition at UPAWS events. This sponsorship helps our major fundraising events, such as the Gala Event, Tee Up for Tails, Raise the Woof, and Strut Your Mutt.


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Swick Home Services

Who they are: Swick Home Services is a local plumbing, heating, cooling, and remodeling company dedicated to providing exceptional services to our community.

How they support us: Swick Home Services sponsors and pays for the adoption fees of all the Lonely Hearts Club members and Adopt Me Pets at UPAWS to help deserving pets find loving, lasting homes.

Visit Website: Swick Home Services

TacoMo Dog Training

Who they are: TaComo Dog Training is a local Certified Professional Dog Trainer that uses positive reinforcement, force-free, reward-based training,

How they support us: TacoMo proudly offers a discount for UPAWS adoptees upon request. Select dogs with more complex behavior needs will receive at least one $30 voucher for either a Free Personalized Private Session or $30 off a class.

Website: http://www.TacoMoDogTraining

Mares-Z-Doats Wish List Program

Who they are: Mares-Z-Doats is a locally owned and operated pet supply store.

How they support us: Purchase an item from the UPAWS Wish List, and you will receive a 10% discount on items purchased for the shelter. Mares-Z-Doats collects the donated items at the store.

UPAWS Wish List

Tadych’s Marketplace Foods “Cares” Program

Who they are: Tadych’s Marketplace Foods is a large grocery store located in Marquette, MI.

How they support us: Bring your Tadych’s Foods receipts to UPAWS, and Tadych’s Marketplace Foods will donate 1% of the sum of all receipts collected. You can also drop your slips at the UPAWS Westwood Mall kiosk or Mares-Z-Doats.

Visit Website: Tadych’s Marketplace Foods 

Canister Partners

Who they are: Marquette County Local Businesses

How they support us: Many Marquette County businesses support UPAWS by giving a location to our change canisters. This adds up in a big way!

Compassionate Pet Care

Who they are: Jessi Hurd is a licensed veterinary technician who is the first veterinary professional certified in animal hospice and palliative care in the Upper Peninsula. She performs veterinary nursing services in the comfort of your own home. Although she specializes in older pets, many services can also be provided for pets of any age. 

How they support us: Compassionate Pet Care proudly offers free in-home hospice consultations, free in-home palliative care consultations, and free in-home nail trims to UPAWS adoptees with vouchers and proof of adoption from UPAWS. Jessi volunteers for UPAWS in various aspects as well. 

Read more: Compassionate Pet Care of the U.P.

The Sasawin Safe Haven

Who they are:  The Women’s Center provides 24/7 emergency-intervention and crisis-intervention services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking in Marquette and Alger Counties, providing individual/group counseling and advocacy through programs that Protect, Educate, Advocate, Counsel and Empower (PEACE).

How they support us: The Women’s Center developed The Sasawin Safe Haven to help survivors create escape plans that include safe placement for their pets.

Visit Website: The Sasawin Safe Haven


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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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