Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter

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Volunteer Information

UPAWS offers a range of volunteer opportunities to fit different schedules and interests. You can choose from weekly, bi-weekly, or flexible options like fostering or office help. Whether you prefer working directly with our pets, assisting in administrative tasks, helping at fundraisers, or becoming a board member or committee volunteer, there’s something for everyone.

To apply for volunteer work at the shelter, you must be at least 18 years old and provide an email address. Also, to be able to volunteer consecutively for a minimum of 4 months. Please ensure you check your email regularly, including spam, as we only communicate through email.

We onboard new volunteers at the shelter as and when we need them. Once you have completed the application and Online Orientation, you will receive specific opportunities from the Volunteer Coordinator.

Ready to get started? Join us at UPAWS and make a difference! Submit a volunteer application. 

Please note that court-ordered housing and work-assisted volunteering have been discontinued. We also provide information on group tours or group volunteering in the following link: Group Tours or Group Volunteering.

 Are you interested in volunteering on our board or various committees? Click here!

Feel free to reach out to us at volunteer@upaws.org if you have any questions.

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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