UPAWS participates in Bissell Pet Foundation Empty the Shelters event for COVID-19 relief

GWINN — UPAWS will be participating in a national COVID–19 relief pet adoption event.

The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter is one of many shelters across the country participating in Bissell Pet Foundation’s Empty the Shelters event.

From May 9-17, dogs will be available to adopt for $25, and cats and small animals will be free. That includes the animals’ spay and neuter, vaccines, health check, microchip, and more.

Those looking to adopt a pet should be aware of the new adoption process due to COVID–19.

“You can view the adoptable pets on our shelter website or on our Facebook page,” explained Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator Ann Brownell. “Once you see one that you like, you fill out an online application and submit that for the pet that you’re interested in. The shelter supervisors will then schedule you an in–person appointment. This is all keeping social distancing in mind. We request that you please wear a face mask and of course stay within six feet.”

In addition to helping UPAWS continue finding homes for animals, adopting a new pet could be a great idea for anyone feeling a bit lonely during the stay at home order.

“Having a pet is just very heartwarming,” said Brownell. “It gives you something besides yourself to think about, it can release worries from your mind, and it gives you something to care for and bond with. And it’s great for your family and obviously great for the pet.”

For more information, visit upaws.org or find the shelter on Facebook.