Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter

Fundraising Activities

The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter (UPAWS) is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1975 by concerned local citizens to help unwanted and stray animals in Marquette county.   UPAWS does not receive any Federal, State or County funding but relies completely on the generosity of its citizens, members and buisnesses through donations and various fundraising activities.

2014 Strut Your Mutt

The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter's 9th Annual “Strut Your Mutt” Charity Walk for Homeless Animals will be held on Sept 7th at the Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette. mark Your Calendars!! CLICK THE LOGO TO JOIN THE FUN!!

Check out past year's pictures!  


2015 Pet Photo Calendar Contest

Voting starts July 1st!  Click HERE  for more information & to vote.

Meow March  Virtual Cat Walk
A Benefit for Homeless Pets

March 1st to March 31st 2014

Calling all feline fanatics!
Don'’t let those mutts have all the fun! Let the cats have a chance to strut!

Meow March provides an opportunity for cat-lovers to raise money for homeless pets from the comforts of their own homes!
CLICK this link:  https://www.firstgiving.com/upaws/meow-march-2014 to go to our Meow March page and learn more about how you can join the fun!

Each $1 raised for every virtual mile will bring your and your kitty a mile closer to your 'virtual destination' and a step closer to helping UPAWS pets.
Please help us reach our Goal of $2,000! Join us and show your support!


2014 Burke Pet Portrait Fundraiser

Create a lifetime memory of your special furry friend with a beautiful professional portrait! Burke Photo is holding their annual pet portrait fundraiser to benefit UPAWS again this year!

It’s a chance to get a high quality photo & a beautiful 10x13 portrait, with all proceeds benefiting our shelter.

April 8th is set aside for individual pet portraits (a $69 donation), and April 12th is for ‘People & Pets’ (a $99 donation). The ‘Outdoor Pet & People’ (a $129 donation) is for a session to be scheduled at designated areas June through August. The voucher for the session must be purchased by April 18th.

Limited space!! Slots fill up fast, so call Burke today to schedule your beautiful pet’s portrait: 906-228-7580.

2014 Cause for Paws Charity Event

The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter is holding it's annual Cause For Paws fundraiser May 11th. Click the Cause for Paws Logo to learn about this fun event!

2014 Tee Up For Tails

Our 17th annual golf outing was scheduled for July 18, 2014 and was a great sucess!

Click To Read More!

UPAWS' Marquette Sunrise Dog Dash July 4th, 2014

A fun run/walk with your dog in the cool & quiet of the morning, away from holiday noise and crowds.  Sponsored by/a benefit for UPAWS.  See www.youtube.com for videos of past UPAWS' Marquette Sunrise Dog Dash events (search by event name).   

July 4, 2014, 8:30 a.m. starting time, rain or shine.

Registration / Start / Finish at Picnic Rocks Park, corner of Lake Shore Blvd. and East Fair Ave., Marquette, Michigan.  Registration 7:30-8:15 a.m. - bring completed lower portion of this form and $15 (exact amount please; only a limited amount of change will be available) to Picnic Rocks event day.  Dogs entered receive 4th of July bandana (while supplies last).

Click HERE to download a registration form

Checks payable to UPAWS.  Entries may be mailed well in advance to:  UPAWS, RE:  UPAWS' Marquette Sunrise Dog Dash, PO Box 968, Marquette,
MI  49855.

NOTE:  This is primarily a fun run / walk.  The following 8 Overall Fastest Dogs will receive trophies in both the 1 Mile and 2.5 Mile:  1st Dog with Human Male, 1st Dog with Human Female, 1st Dog with Youth Boy; 1st dog with Youth Girl (Youth awards = age 12 & under).  Except for the overall winners, the event will be untimed; if you wish to clock your own time, kindly wear a wristwatch.

Dog Costume Contest for entrants at 9:30 a.m. (right after run / walk), with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes!

NOTES:  Dogs must be well-behaved, leashed, under control, & have current shots.  Owners must pick up after their dogs at Park and on the course.  Children age 8 & under must be accompanied by an adult.  No dogs allowed on beach in Picnic Rocks area.  


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For information or to schedule programs, call 475-6661 or email info@upaws.org
UPAWS is not a government run or funded organization