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Sallys Fund

In Memory of Sally Paajanen “Sally’s Fund” has been developed through friends and family to foster horse protection and education throughout the region. Sally and her life long friend, Shilo, were often seen galloping on the shores of Lake Superior or exploring the Hiawatha National Forest. Sally’s dedication to her own horses lead her to look after others as well. Sally was often concerned about the conditions she witnessed other horses living in. Family and friends would like her spirit to live on through this memorial fund that will encourage equine protection and education. The establishment of “Sally’s Fund” managed by UPAWS, offers equines throughout the region the protection they deserve and also creates equine education opportunities to prevent unnecessary neglect

​Paajanen was an avid horsewoman dedicated to her own horses as well as to the care and living conditions of other horses. Proceeds from the ride go to the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter (UPAWS) to promote protection and education solely for horses.  Donations can be sent anytime to the UPAWS, C/O Sally’s Fund, 815 South State Highway M553, Gwinn MI 49841.

Sally’s Ride is done in honor of Sally Paajanen, a corrections officer at Alger Maximum Correctional Facility who lost her life on February 15, 2003 in a tragic event. Friends and family initiated Sally’s Fund in Paajanen’s memory to foster equine protection and offer educational opportunities aimed at preventing equine neglect.



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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