UPAWS celebrates new facility with ribbon cutting

Elected officials, volunteers, board members and staff of the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter gather with community members for the ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new UPAWS facility. The non-profit organization's new facility is located at 815 S. State Highway 553 in Gwinn. The space offers a better environment for the respiratory health of the animals and will allow UPAWS to host training sessions and various educational opportunities, said President of the UPAWS Board of Directors Kathy Leone. "Today is a culmination of many, many years of dreaming and planning," Leone said. "It's been our goal to provde a healthier facility for our animals and the people who come to our shelter..." (Journal photos by Trinity Carey)

Above, elected officials, volunteers, board members and staff of the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter gather with community members for the ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new UPAWS facility on Saturday. The non-profit organization’s new facility is located at 815 S. State Highway 553 in Gwinn. The space offers a better environment for the respiratory health of the animals and will allow UPAWS to host training sessions and various educational opportunities, said Kathy Leone, president of the UPAWS board of directors. “Today is a culmination of many, many years of dreaming and planning,” Leone said. “It’s been our goal to provide a healthier facility for our animals and the people who come to our shelter.” Below left, community members gather to celebrate the grand opening of UPAWS. Below right, from left, Shelly Wirtanen and Joe Heck of Huron Mountain Bakery stand with the cake, made by Wirtanen, and other goodies the bakery provided for the grand opening ceremony. (Journal photos by Trinity Carey)