Superior Pets

News from UPAWS

The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter was excited to host our ceremonial groundbreaking, UPAWS: FIRST DIG, of the Philip and Ruth Spade Adoption Center on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. The groundbreaking was held at the site of our new shelter, 815 S. State Hwy 553, Gwinn, MI.

The new animal shelter will be more than just an animal shelter, it will engage the community in a way that UPAWS is currently unable.  Approximately 4 times its current size, the animal shelter will completely realign dog kennels and cat areas, while also adding dedicated space for small critters and a fully functional pole barn for the rescue of large and farm animals, particularly horses. 

The community center aspect includes a community education room, fenced-in year round dog park, and private spaces for adoption counseling or to surrender an animal. The new shelter integrates community programming and direct animal care into its operation and creates new approaches for the collaboration of animal lovers in animal welfare.

The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter is getting closer to our goal to build an animal shelter that can be more than JUST an animal shelter- it can be an animal community center. UPAWS has raised over $2.4 million and over $92,000 of our $100,000 matching gift in memory of Joan Steindler! Will you give today to double the impact of your gift.

The $3.7 million construction project will transform and reinvent the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter. UPAWS has spent 40 years finding homeless animals a new home- but now UPAWS needs a new home.

Imagine a new home for UPAWS. Imagine the PAWSibilities.

Community members are encouraged to go to, stop by the shelter, or send check or pledge to PO Box 968, Marquette, MI 49855 and mark it for the new shelter. Give today to double the impact of your gift!

Call 906-475-6661 or email for more information.

Stay tuned with our Imagine the PAWSibilities Campaign in The Mining Journal’s Superior Pets

For additional information on any animals at UPAWS, call 906-475-6661

• Erie is a male domestic medium hair, 2-years old.

• Garfield is a male domestic short hair, 4 years old.

• Elka is a female domestic short hair, 5 years old.

• Bentley is a male retriever-Lab mix, 5 years old.

For additional information on any animals at the Alger Shelter, call 906-387-4131

• Daisy is a 10-week old female basset hound/bull terrier mix.

• Sarge is a 5-year-old neutered male tricolor Walker hound.

• Sergei is a male tiger stripe, 2-years old.

• Princess is a 5-year-old female long-haired gray cat.