Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter

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News and Updates

The safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers, and the community we serve continues to be our top priority. Out of an abundance of caution, and to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, UPAWS has canceled or postponed in-person visitors, Education programs, including all shelter tours. All other services (adoptions, surrenders, lost & found) are appointment only.

We are sorry but we have had to cancel or postpone the following until at least mid-2021. Please check back for future opportunities.


  • Volunteer program – we have paused the onboarding for our in-house volunteer program
  • Group volunteer opportunities
  • Shelter Tours and Kids Programs
  • All Scout programming
  • Workshops, group meetings, events

If you have any questions about the changes in Shelter programs and services, please email info@upaws.org.

Contact Us

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

Office Hours

Daily: 12pm to 4pm
by appointment

**Hours or services may differ due to COVID-19**


815 South State Highway M553
Gwinn, MI 49841
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