UPAWS puppy-playdate at Paws Park

SANDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) - The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter (UPAWS) celebrated the grand opening of Paws Park Saturday. It’s the first completely fenced-in, year round, community dog park in the Upper Peninsula.

Tours were given of the park, the new pole barn used for large and farm animal rescues, Memorial Garden, and Community Room. A free lunch, coffee and sweets were provided, as well as information on how UPAWS partners with the community.

UPAWS was also selling dog park permits to those may be interested in becoming a Paws Park member.

"The unique thing about us is we don’t receive any governmental funding, so the maintenance and the care comes directly from the community, our friends and neighbors. When you become a dog park member, it's your park, but it's also a really special donation to help pets in our care find a home just like yours,” said Amber Talo, UPAWS Board Treasurer.

Saturday was also Bissell Pet Foundation’s Empty the Shelter Day. For only $25 you could adopt a pet and Bissell sponsored the remaining cost.