QCAWC volunteer nominated for Pay It Forward Award

Executive Director Patti McRae spotlights a volunteer who hasn’t missed a Wednesday in 17 years

MILAN, Ill. — Our pets are an integral part of our families and we would do anything to help them live the best possible life. Patti McRae, Executive Director of Quad City Animal Welfare Center, knows that helping pet parents is just as important as helping our furry friends.

Every Wednesday and the first Saturday of every month, the Quad City Animal Welfare Center hosts a low-cost, curbside vaccination clinic at its Spay/Neuter & Wellness location. People can bring their pets in for quick vaccinations as well as flea, tick, and heartworm prevention treatments.

“We were able to see over 60 patients, uh, in three hours. It is therefore essential to have volunteers to help us, said McRae.

Bonnie Wilson has been volunteering there for over 17 years and that’s why Patti McRae nominated her for the Pay It Forward Award.

“She is one of the most dedicated volunteers we have,” McRae said. “She’s very knowledgeable and really tries to help pet owners make sure they’re taking really good care of their pets.”

Bonnie is one of the first people you’ll see at the curbside clinic, checking patients in and making sure your pet receives the best care needed and answers any questions you may have.

“She’s just an amazing person, an animal lover, and she’s been helping so much, uh, and making this work for us,” McRae said.

Bonnie immediately donated the money to the Animal Welfare Center.

Patti McRae also told News 8 that they are always looking for volunteers. They hold a volunteer orientation each month and there are multiple opportunities to help out. For more information on how to enter, you can call (309) 787-6830.

Do you know someone who goes above and beyond for their community? News 8 and Ascentra Credit Union would like to help you pay it forward. Click here to nominate someone you know.