Hotels guests can adopt a dog
Hotels guests can adopt a dog Will Trantham kneels by Jackson, left, a Shih Tzu, along with Darcy, center, and Sophie. Trantham and his wife adopted Jackson when they checked into Aloft Hotel in downtown Asheville (AP photos)
Hotels guests can adopt a dog
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At this hotel, guests get welcomed with a wagging tail or a warm lick to the face.

A dog will bound out from behind the registration desk, clad in an "Adopt Me" vest, as visitors arrive at the Aloft hotel in Asheville, North Carolina. It's believed to be the only hotel in the U.S. where guests can adopt the dog that greets them when they check in.

But the hotel doesn't overwhelm road-weary travelers. There's only one adoptable dog at a time, and it's always on a leash.

The pooches at the Aloft Asheville Downtown hotel are part of an adoption program. It's run by the hotel and Charlie's Angels Animal Rescue. The rescue saves the pets from possible euthanasia at area shelters.

"We feel like we are saving lives," said Christine Kavanagh. She is Aloft's director of sales.

Hotel and rescue workers hope the program spreads to some of the chain's other locations, too. The Asheville hotel opened in 2012 and has not received one complaint about allergies, messes or dueling dogs, Kavanagh said. It allows dogs to stay for free.

The adoptable dogs have space set aside at the registration desk, on the roof, third floor and in certain employee areas. They can't stay in guest rooms at night. But they can go with visitors to the restaurant, bar and other spots if they're on a leash.

"The guests love it. It shows up on guest reviews and consumer surveys," Kavanagh said.

Caren Ferris of Amherst, Massachusetts, and her husband certainly did. The couple were staying nearby when they met a 4-year-old terrier mix named Ginger in the hotel. They cozied up to the pooch sporting an "Adopt Me" vest.

After a visit, "I got up to leave and told her goodbye. She sat up, looked me in the eye and kissed me on the lips. So I called the shelter, thinking maybe we should adopt the dog," Ferris said.

She and her husband filled out the adoption papers. They paid $175 in fees and waited to be approved before they were able to take Ginger home to meet their other dogs.

Charlie's Angels has tough adoption standards. They include a home visit. If a potential owner is from another state, the rescue will ask a shelter there to do the check.

The restrictions haven't stopped 14 dogs from finding homes since the program started in July, said Kim Smith, president of Charlie's Angels.

Jan Trantham and her husband, from Atlanta, adopted a 2-year-old Shih Tzu named Jackson. They fell in love with him 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.' l couldn't stop thinking about this .

Critical thinking challenge: Why might an Adopt me vest be more effective than an Adopt me dog collar?

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  • Claire-Arm
    1/08/2015 - 10:49 a.m.

    First, I think that idea is brilliant. This way both the adults and the dogs get to feel loved. Plus the adults get to have a dog that has manners, and if they really love their vacation together, they could adopt them. Secondly, the adopt me vest is more eye catching, than the collar. happy dogs=good life:):):):):):):):):):):)

  • MargaretZ-5
    1/08/2015 - 11:53 a.m.

    Guests at hotels can adopt dogs and happily take care of them. It's a fun way to have a pal at your side while your traveling and looking for fun. Most people that have adopts the dogs say that they enjoy it.

  • Natalee-Arm
    1/08/2015 - 11:56 a.m.

    To begin, I think this is a great idea to adopt pets. Also, I think that the vest is better because it is more noticeable than a collar. Additionally the collar might get covered so the wouldn't know.

  • 21ajmich
    1/08/2015 - 11:59 a.m.

    I find that very cool that you can adopt a dog like that. It will also give animals more homes. It is so cute that the dogs greet you when you arrive. If I saw a cute dog at that hotel and it was very nice I would have to get it and bring it to a new home!

  • Kent-Arm
    1/08/2015 - 12:01 p.m.

    this is great the only down side is alergies or fears,but they havn't had a problem yet so good. i love this hotel because i love dogs and i love hotels so win win

  • Rachel-Arm
    1/08/2015 - 12:19 p.m.

    I would love to go to this hotel! I don't have a dog and I would be able to see and pet a lot of dogs. I think this hotel came up with a very good idea!

  • Sam-Arm
    1/08/2015 - 12:20 p.m.

    I think this isn't a bad idea. It will help dogs find a home. The vest is more effective than the collar. It is more effective because it covers there whole body not just their neck. So people will see it.

  • megan12403
    1/08/2015 - 12:33 p.m.

    I think that is a really great idea because, its like the dogs are getting a second chance. Sometimes when dogs go to shelters they only have a few weeks to be adopted. Also it would be really nice to have a dog to accompany you in the hotel if u were on your way to visit family and know one was with you but u had to stop at a hotel and spend a night.

  • PJ-Arm
    1/08/2015 - 12:35 p.m.

    I think it would be awesome to go to that hotel. I have always liked dogs and I think it would be really cool too go to a hotel were you get to adopt and play with dogs! :) :)

  • Lucy-Arm
    1/08/2015 - 12:49 p.m.

    I think this is a great idea but the only downside is that people may be afraid of dogs or be allergic. I think this will be a fantastic plan but we don't want people to not be able to stay at a hotel just because of fear or allergies.

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