Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter

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This is Your:  Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter

We are a local non-profit organization run and staffed by your neighbors.  We make decisions on caring for homeless, unwanted, abandoned and abused domestic animals based on what we believe is best for them.  We have no affiliation with any larger group and we receive no funding from any larger group that might influence our decisions or actions.

We advocate only for the animals in our care to help them find their forever home with you.

UPAWS does not receive operating funds from any governmental agency. We rely on donations from our neighbors and friends to make our efforts possible.  We save consistently 98% of the animals who come to us – which is an award-winning success story.   We want to educate everyone on proper animal care so there soon won’t be the three percent who come to us too sick or wounded to be saved.  It’s your support that makes this dream possible.


Our mission is to improve the quality of life and welfare for domestic animals and to provide a safe haven while finding lifelong homes for the animals in our care. We embrace the No Kill* philosophy, seeking to end the euthanasia of healthy and treatable animals. 



A community where there are no homeless, neglected or abused animals, and where everyone understands and practices the level of commitment and responsibility that pet guardianship entails.

If you have any questions please call us any time at 475-6661 or send an email to info@upaws.org.


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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