Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter (UPAWS)

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The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter (UPAWS) is a nonprofit organization with no ties to any larger group and is the only shelter located in Marquette County, serving the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Every day, they make decisions on caring for homeless, unwanted, abandoned and abused domestic animals based on what they believe is best for them and advocate for the animals in their care, to help them find forever homes. Their 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 their care. They embrace the no-kill philosophy, seeking to end the euthanasia of healthy and treatable animals, and have consistently saved 98% of the animals who come into their program.  

Funded in 2018
How we help: 

A generous grant provided by The Grey Muzzle Organization will support Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter (UPAWS)'s medical program for senior dogs and address two key needs: routine and specialized medical care and dental procedures. The Grey Muzzle grant will help dogs like Chopper, a 17-year-old who was surrendered to UPAWS and found to have numerous large growths on his stomach. Upon examination, the veterinarian determined that Chopper has several fatty tumors, which will not hinder his quality of life. UPAWS believes senior dogs like Chopper deserve a second chance and support from Grey Muzzle helps make that possible. 

Tricolored large dog standing in front of a trellis. Lower right is UPAWS logo. Top left says "Adopt a Senior love is ageless"