Project Hope is one of the few “no-kill” animal shelters in this area. They hold several events each year to raise money for their operations fund. Chow down for Hounds is usually held in the Spring, and this year will be on Saturday, April 6. Without the generous support of sponsors and the community Project Hope couldn’t care for the more than 100 animals they usually care for at their facility.
“This year, ‘Chow Down For Hounds’ is going to feature a Hawaiian theme - Go Aloha!” Said project Hope board member and volunteer, Susan Howell. “The event is being held at the Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th Street in Metropolis. It will be decorated with a Hawaiian theme and we’ll pass out leis to all the guests.”
“We’re encouraging everyone to dress ‘island style’,” added Howell, “flip flops, Hawaiian shirts, sunglasses board shorts, etc. We’ll have Hawaiian trivia with prizes and a Hawaiian raffle (like bingo). Doors open at 6 pm and we’ll feature dancing to DJ Josh Fowler at 7 pm. We’ve even got a photo booth with a life-size cut out of Elvis from the movie “Blue Hawaii’!”
You can purchase tickets at Project Hope, for $15 per person. Or, save a few bucks and buy a pair of tickets for $25. Children are only $5. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Project Hope wants to thank their many sponsors and supporters without which the event couldn’t happen. These include Artisan Kitchen, Circle K Creations, City of Metropolis, Jennings & Associates LLC, John K. Foster - State Farm Insurance, Linwood Motors, O'Reilly's Auto Parts, and Sonic, Inc.
Opened in 1997, Project Hope Humane Society strives to temporarily home animals in an environment as natural as possible. Their mission is to provide quality care for their animals daily until they find their forever home.
The shelter averages around a hundred animals at any one time. It can get higher during ‘kitten” season – from April to September.