Our mission is to improve the quality of life and welfare for domestic animals and to provide a safe haven while finding lifelong homes for the animals in our care. We embrace the No Kill philosophy, seeking to end the euthanasia of healthy and treatable animals.
A community where there are no abandoned, unwanted, neglected or abused animals, and where everyone understands and practices the level of commitment and responsibility that pet guardianship entails.
Our Location & Hours
UPAWS is located approximately one mile off US-41 at 84 Snowfield Road in Negaunee Township just east of the TV-6 station. (Behind the old Airport.)
Hours: We are open to the public seven days a week- 12:00PM to 4:00PM; Thursday 12:00PM to 6:30PM. Closed on Major Holidays
Please note: There is NOT a fee to admit a pet that you can not keep or that you find as a stray!
We turn NO animals away. We are an Open Admission shelter.
Our Annual Reports & Audited Financial Statements
2013 Annual Report
2012 Annual Report
2011 Annual Report
2010 Annual Report
2009 Annual Report
2008 Annual Report
There are many misconceptions about the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter (UPAWS) that the shelter feels need to be addressed.
UPAWS is not controlled by outside sources, nor do they receive funding from outside sources. Marquette county does not provide financial support to UPAWS. UPAWS does not hold any political agenda with national organizations such as PETA or the Humane Society of the United States, nor do they receive monetary donations from them. UPAWS maintains a neutral position regarding hunting and related topics.
We were founded in 1975 as the Marquette County Humane Society and are a local nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to taking care of the homeless, unwanted, abandoned and abused domestic animals here in this community. In 2010 we changed our name to: Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter. UPAWS works very hard to save homeless domestic animals lives and give them every chance at finding new loving homes. However we can't do it without you! We need your support! Your donation will go right to work making a positive difference in the lives of homeless domestic animals in our care. Call us at 475-6661 for more information or on how you can help! Thank You.