People checking in to the Aloft Asheville Downtown hotel greeted at the front desk by hotel staff and an adoptable dog.
The rescued dog is part of an adoption program run by the hotel and Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue. The rescue saves the pets from possible euthanasia at area shelters and they come and stay at the hotel with the hopes that they will be adopted.
“We feel like we are saving lives,” said Christine Kavanagh, Aloft’s director of sales told the Associated Press.
The hotel has always allowed guests’ pets to stay for free. But the North Carolina hotel is believed to be the only hotel in the U.S. where guests can adopt a dog at the check in!
Actually, the adoptable dogs have special spaces set aside in employee areas throughout the hotel and can go with visitors to the restaurant, bar and other spots in the hotel (although not guest rooms) as long as they are on leash.
The dogs wear “Adopt Me” vests and mingle with guests regularly. Guests love it and the program has been successful since it started. Charlie’s Angels says that adoptions have doubled since the hotel became involved.
Since July, 14 dogs have been adopted through the program. Charlie’s Angels ensures potential adopters are screened and home visits are done. If a potential owner is from another state, the rescue asks a shelter locally to do the check.
Hotel and rescue workers hope the program becomes a permanent program and would like to see some of the hotel chain’s other locations consider starting a similar program.