A boutique hotel from the U.S has made worldwide headlines by offering guests a chance to adopt a dog during their stay.
Customers arriving at the Aloft hotel in Carolina are greeted by a dog wearing an ‘Adopt Me’ vest, which they can take home if they pass strict adoption standards.
The unique arrangement is part of an adoption programme that the hotel has launched with a local animal rescue organisation, which finds ‘forever homes’ for dogs, cats and other pets that may otherwise be euthanized at a shelter.
14 dogs have been adopted since the programme was launched and the campaign has been such a hit that the boutique chain is considering extending it to other locations.
Christine Kavanagh, Aloft’s director of sales, told the Daily Mail: “We feel like we are saving lives. The guests love it. It shows up on guest reviews and consumer surveys. We have a little playpen by the front desk. At times, there’s a crowd around the pen because the dog is a conversation starter.
Our hotel draws people together so they can mix and mingle and maybe adopt a dog.”
As you would expect, the chain is pet-friendly and allows guests’ pets to stay for free. It hosts only one adoptable dog at a time.
There are reserved spaces for the dogs within the property, but they are forbidden from staying in guests’ rooms.
The programme is clearly delivering repeat custom for the hotel, tool. The paper reported that Jan Trantham, from Atlanta, and her husband, Will, adopted a two-year-old Shih Tzu named Jackson after falling in love with the dog when they checked in.
She said: “Every time we went somewhere, one of us would say, ‘Let’s go back to the hotel and see Jackson. I couldn’t stop thinking about this dog.”
The rescue home involved in the programme enforces strict adoption standards, however, including a home visit, before a dog is rehoused with a guest.