NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP — The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter is kicking off a new event featuring all sort of fun for family, friends and four-legged friends.

It’s called Furry Friday. There will be discounts on adoptions, refreshments, and a Kid’s Korner featuring crafts.

The event is a way for residents to get to know the UPAWS community.

“You can come if you’re wanting to adopt and get a discount on adoptions or you can come and just visit our shelter, visit our staff and volunteers and get to know who we are and what we’re offering the community,” UPAWS manager Larenia Vanstrein said. “We feel that we want to get to know the community as well, so this is going to be great for both of us.”

An event like this, along with support from the Marquette County community, helps keep UPAWS running.

“The more people know about UPAWS the more successful we are for the animals,” Vanstrien said. “Any person that knows where we’re at, gets on out Facebook page, watches our UPAWS page can see the strays that are looking for homes and help us find their homes or see the animals up for adoption or support (us) by donating to our programs that support the community. It’s important that people know who we are and that they know how to find us.”

Furry Friday starts tomorrow and will be held on the third Friday of every month. It runs from noon to 6:30 p.m. at the shelter on Snowfield Road in Negaunee Township.