You may expect concierge or a bellhop to greet you at your hotel visit, but things are a little different at the Aloft Hotel in Asheville, North Carolina.
Aloft has partnered with rescue group Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue by bringing in adoptable dogs to greet and socialize with guests. The goal is two fold: the guests will be entertained and comforted by the presence of a dog and in turn the dogs get extra exposure in finding a forever home.
Don’t worry – the lobby isn’t like a doggie daycare with dogs running wild. Instead only one dog at a time is allowed, the dog is always leashed, and all potential adopters must face routine screening including a home visit.
So far the hotel has had 14 dogs adopted and hopes that more will find homes. Since opening in 2012, the hotel has always been pet friendly and has never received complaints about messes or allergies in relation to the dogs. The addition of the adoption program has gone over very well for guests, especially those travelling without their dogs – it provides some canine comfort.
The playpen at the front desk with the adoptable dog attracts quite a crowd. It allows guests to mingle and chat a bit, as well as promoting adoption.