Hotel lets guests foster dogs during their stay
When you're traveling somewhere far from home, and you're feeling lonely in the evenings, it's only natural that you might yearn for the comforting friendliness of a canine companion. Sadly, most hotels have strict no-dog policies, which means that sharing your room with a cute puppy has always been a pipe dream ... until now.
That's right: An amazing hotel in the state of Mississippi has gone viral this week, for giving its guests the opportunity to foster a dog during their stay.
According to an article by USA Today, a dog shelter called the Humane Society of South Mississippi has been bringing homeless pooches down to the Home2 Suites in Biloxi since October 2018, giving guests the chance to foster them in their rooms for the duration of their stay.
Then, if you really fall in love with your new chum, you can actually fill out an application and pay the $50 adoption fee at the hotel to adopt them on the spot and take them home with you!
The concept was masterminded by Teresa Johnston, the hotel's sales director, who collaborated with Human Society relations manager Bianca Janik to assist the 8,000 dogs that end up in the shelter every year.
Commenting on the program, Janik stated: "They have a lot of transient guests who stay for months at a time near our army and navy bases and that's just enough time to fall in love with a dog."
She continued: "Teresa thought they needed to set their hotel apart and this was it. She wanted to have the business more involved with the community. It was a very out-of-the-box way to find our animals new homes so we were on board."
She added: "We have a very open adoption program. People are trying to do the right thing by adopting. We reserve the right to deny. (We) may tell them we don’t feel comfortable, come visit our shelter tomorrow and we’ll find one that is right."
Thus far, the program has been very successful, and USA Today reports that 33 guests have taken home a foster dog so far.