Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter

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Volunteer Information

Volunteer Information

There are various volunteer opportunities here at UPAWS, including weekly, bi-weekly, flexible such as fostering or office help, and outside our shelter (for example, fundraisers and committees). You can work hands-on with our pets, choose to help in one of our administrative departments, help at a fundraiser, or become a Board member or committee volunteer.

To apply to volunteer in the shelter, the starting age is 18 years old. We require an email address. Please check your email (including spam), as we only communicate by email. Thank you!

Currently, openings are:

  • Cat cleaners (morning shifts weekly – openings are Sunday, Friday, and Monday from 8:30 am to Noon).
  • Please note that we are onboarding new volunteers at the shelter as we need them. Once you have completed the application and Online Orientation, you will be able to fill specific volunteer opportunities sent out by the Volunteer Coordinator.
  • To volunteer in shelter, we do require a minimum of 4 months of consecutive volunteering with a scheduled day and time.

NOTE: Dog walking shifts are not open currently.

BIGGEST NEED: Interested in volunteering on our board or various committees? Click here!**

Ready to Get Started?

Join the fun and make a difference at UPAWS

 Submit a volunteer application. 

**Please allow up to 2 WEEKS to be contacted back.**


The following links are information on Court Ordered and Group Volunteering.

   Group Tours or Group Volunteering

Court-ordered housing and work-assisted volunteering has been discontinued.


Questions? Email volunteer@upaws.org

Contact Us

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

Office Hours

Daily: 12pm to 4pm


815 South State Highway M553
Gwinn, MI 49841
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