Hotel Chain Houses Dogs for Company and Adoption

January 5, 2017
Kerry Lengyel

Two North Carolina hotels are offering guests an adoptable dog program to help local animal shelters find homes for dogs in need.

One hotel chain is taking the term “pet-friendly” to a whole new level. Aloft Asheville Downtown and Aloft Greenville Downtown in North Carolina both have pet-friendly programs that offer guests a unique amenity: adoptable dogs.

Back in 2014, Aloft Asheville Downtown partnered with Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue to foster rescue dogs within the hotel. The hotel houses one rescue dog at a time that guests can play with, take for walks, and even adopt.

The dogs have their own spaces in the hotel, including at the registration desk, on the roof, on the third floor, and in some employee areas.

Currently, the Asheville hotel is housing an adorable pup named Jack that guests can adopt at any time.

Credit: Aloft Asheville Downtown

Aloft Greenville Downtown piggybacked off this idea in April 2016 and added its own adoptable dog to the guest list.

The hotel partnered with Let ‘em Live Upstate to place one foster dog in the hotel at a time, and the hotel’s other partner, Paw Paws USA, provides each dog with a new leash, collar, and food care package when it’s adopted.

Guests can play with the lovable dog during their stay or walk the pup on the hotel’s sixth-floor dog walk.

The Aloft hotel chain is known for its pet-friendly mentality. Pets stay free at any Aloft location, and many hotels also provide guests with a pet bed, food and water bowl, and a doggie goody bag. Some locations even have dog walks with artificial turf within the hotel so guests and their pets never need to leave.

Aloft Greenville Downtown’s newest dog was recently adopted by a loving guest. The hotel is currently awaiting a new foster dog to house.

Credit: Aloft Greenville Downtown

The Greenville hotel announced that 26 dogs were placed in loving homes in 2016, and both hotels are looking forward to many more successful pairings in 2017.