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.”

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“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’!”

The event is this Saturday from 6 – 9 pm. To reserve your tickets, which includes a full dinner, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Dinner will feature a pulled pork barbecue plate with a variety of sides, desserts, and drinks. The meal has been generously sponsored by Artisan Kitchen.

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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.

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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.

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They are located at 1698 W 10th St (PO Box 125) Metropolis, Illinois  and open Tuesday-Saturday 1pm-5pm. For more information please call 618.524.8939 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To find out which animals are available for adoption please visit projecthopehumanesociety.org.