Quad City PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) is a private non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to support the needs of the animals of the Rock Island County Animal Care & Control Shelter. The Quad City Paws organization fully supports the goals shown below. These goals were established by the Rock Island County Animal Care and Control Board of Directors and Rock Island County.

  • Our Mission: To protect the welfare, health and safety of pets and people and promote responsible pet ownership.
  • Our Philosophy: To be progressive in the animal welfare field by providing quality care to the animals; an aggressive spay and neuter program; and striving for placement of all adoptable pets where euthanasia is performed as a last resort.
  • Our Position: Responsible for animal related public safety, our mission is achieved through shared values including professionalism, responsibility, compassion, commitment, integrity, and community partnerships.
  • Our Value: We value the integrity of each employee, volunteer and partner contributing to the professional care and humane treatment of animals in an atmosphere built on our trust and respect for one another.
  • Our Vision We envision the day when every pet born will be assured a quality home during its natural lifetime and will not suffer due to abuse, neglect or ignorance.

Shelter Facts

  • United Animal Control functions for Moline, Rock Island, East Moline, and all of Rock Island County.
  • State of the art 12,000 square foot shelter.
  • 87 indoor/outdoor dog runs.
  • Open communal cat adoption room.
  • Medical suite, providing exams, vaccinations, blood test and spay/neuter surgeries.
  • Isolation rooms to quarantine sick animals.
  • Separate dog pavilions for incoming and adoptable dogs.
  • Multi-purpose room for meetings, education classes, waiting room and programs.
  • Enclosed center court yard for interaction and exercise of the dogs.
  • State of the art Geo-Thermal heating/cooling system.
  • Sub-station for Rock Island County Sheriffs deputies.
  • Crematory assistance available.
  • T-1 phone/data system linked to the county for internet access/county access.
  • On site laundry facilities.
  • Get acquainted areas for interaction with dogs and cats.
  • Full adoption services of pets.
  • Only complete full service animal shelter in Rock Island County servicing all animal welfare related needs.
  • Open seven days a week.


Rock Island County joined efforts with officials from the cities of East Moline, Moline and Rock Island to build a new 12000 square foot Animal Shelter/. The new shelter, located at the intersection of Route 150 and Indian Bluff Road (78th Ave), near the Quad City Airport opened in January 2006.

The shelter offers nearly 100 indoor/outdoor dog runs and an open, cageless cat adoption room. In addition there is a medical suite for surgery, clinic and isolation procedures The new location offers easy access to the community, is open seven (7) days a week, and provides a home for the thousands of animals that will be entrusted to our care. This is the first and only full service Animal Care & Control facility in the Illinois Quad Cities.


More information about the organization of QCPaws coming soon.

4001 78th Ave
Moline, Illinois 61265

(309) 558-DOGS (3647)