Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter

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Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at UPAWS!

Please know as we transition to our new facility, New Volunteer Orientations will be on hold until end of March/beginning of April (estimated).  Please still create a profile (link below) and you will be notified when orientations are back up and running!

Thank you!

Volunteer Application Profile Form


Volunteers that have been inactive for 5 months and with less than 5 hours will be an inactive account. If you want to volunteer in the future, a new application will need to submitted.

Active Volunteers:
If you are an active volunteer who volunteered within the last 5 months, I will be setting up training in the new shelter sometime in March. I will have 10 active volunteers at a time sign up to train. But it is all still developing as we move in and set up how the process for volunteers will go!

For new applicants:
With the move to the new shelter, new volunteer orientations will be changing. This process will take many weeks to develop as our staff develops new protocols in the new building. Once all the active volunteers are trained, then we will be contacting new volunteers who have filled out applications.

PLEASE be patient! This is all new and the transition is a big process.

Questions? Please email Ann at volunteer@upaws.org

Volunteer Information Center 

Court Ordered Volunteer Information

Group Tours or Group Volunteering

Thanks again and we hope to see you soon!

Contact Us

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

Office Hours

Mon-Wed: 12pm to 4pm
Thursday: 12pm to 6:30pm
Friday-Sunday: 12pm-4pm


815 South State Highway M553
Gwinn, MI 49841
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