UPAWS is PURRfecting their new facility as construction continues

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MARQUETTE COUNTY, Mich. (WLUC) - UPAWS is purrrfecting it's newest location as construction continues.

The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter site had tentative plans of an October opening, but the UPAWS director says they will be in their new location by the end of the year.

This new facility will include dog and cat villages, community rooms and training facilities throughout their 15,000 square foot building.

UPAWS is working to make the shelter "fear free" certified. Holding pens will have poly-carbonate fronts instead of bars, heated floors and natural lighting to help the animals feel less anxious.

UPAWS has not set an exact day for their grand opening, but they say it will be worth the wait.

"Keep your eye posted for what we are going to look like when we do the move, because we will have to close down adoptions for a portion of time," said Kori Tossava, the UPAWS Executive Director. "We will still be there for strays and surrenders, but we need time to transport our animals an get ourselves situated."

The new shelter will also have an outdoor dog park as well as a new horse barn.

You can follow UPAWS construction and check for grand opening updates, here.

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