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Upscale North Carolina hotel fostering dogs full time

Bubbles up for adoption at The Aloft Hotel in downtown Asheville, NC

If you check in at the Aloft hotel in Asheville, North Carolina, the first thing you’ll be able to check out is a homeless pet in need of some permanent digs.

Right there in the lobby is a playpen of sorts – and looking up at you is what could be your new best friend! How “suite” is that?!  Ahem, a little hotel humor.

For the past 8 months, the pet-friendly Aloft has been fostering dogs from Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue, also in Asheville. Charlie’s Angels saves animals from high-kill facilities.

Aloft6Courtesy Aloft Asheville Downtown

“I honestly believe the dogs know they’ve been taken from a scary situation and you can see their personalities blossom – it’s so much fun,” said Aloft director of sales Christine Kavanagh. “They’re not timid and scared like you’d see in the shelter.  They’re all so happy and joyful.”

Charlie’s Angels brings in one dog at a time and the pets remain at the hotel 24/7 until they’re scooped up by someone who wants to give them a loving home. So far this partnership has led to 21 adoptions.

And while the dogs are at the hotel, you can bet they’re getting the five-star treatment.

Aloft1Courtesy Aloft Asheville Downtown

“Our whole staff takes care of them,” said Christine. “We move them to the back office for sleeping at night and they get bathroom breaks at 5:30 or 6 in the morning and throughout the day. They get plenty of attention and exercise and a Charlie’s Angels volunteer also comes to take them for a nice long walk in the afternoon.”

The Aloft staff members keep a chart to make sure the pups stay on a regular eating/potty break schedule. And sometimes the dog’s agenda even includes attending important meetings.

Alfot8Courtesy Aloft Asheville Downtown

“We take them with us,” laughed Christine. “They’re a very integrated part of what we’re doing here every day now. We feel fortunate to work for a company that really encourages us to do this kind of thing.”

The bonding just kinda happens.

“Two of our staff members actually have adopted dogs,” said Christine. “They weren’t intending to adopt, then they fell in love.”

Now, it appears this has become a model for the future of dog adoptions.

Aloft7Courtesy Aloft Asheville Downtown

“We’ve had hotels get in touch with us from Charleston, South Carolina, Austin, Texas, California and other places,” said Charlie’s Angels volunteer Kim Smith. “They all want to find out how they can start this in their hotels.”

Kim, who also has a job as an administrative assistant, volunteers more than 40 hours a week removing animals from high-kill shelters, transporting them to other facilities and doing home visits as part of the screening process for potential adopters.

And when Kim gets text messages from the adoptive families, it makes her feel like all the time she selflessly gives to the cause is all worth it.

“They update me and let me know that the dog is a valued member of their family, they’re safe, they’re treated like a brother or sister – they’ve got a cushy life,” said Kim.

Aloft2Courtesy Aloft Asheville Downtown

More than half of the dogs showcased at the Aloft hotel have gone to families from out of state. The farthest has been Massachusetts. Most were people who didn’t think they needed a dog until they met that perfect match. A little paperwork, a home visit completed by a rescue in the Charlie’s Angels network and the pet was on its way to its new place.

One little guy didn’t have to go far. Sarah Rosario works at Biltmore Estate in Asheville and was actually looking for a new four-legged family member when she heard about the Charlie’s Angels/Aloft agreement.

“It’s brilliant!” said Sarah. “Absolutely brilliant! It takes time to figure out which dog you click with and this allows you to see, touch and feel instead of just reading about them online. It’s awesome.”

The Aloft is where Sarah first laid eyes on Rocco.

Aloft5Courtesy Aloft Asheville Downtown

The Chihuahua and Yorkshire Terrier mix had been scheduled to be euthanized, but Kim Smith took him home and fostered him until she felt he was ready to greet guests.

He’d been described as “unfortunate looking,” but at the hotel Rocco was really able to showcase his personality.

“He has a bit of a goofy look to him, but it’s an endearing goofy look,” said Sarah, who acknowledges his snaggletooth and pigeon-toed stance. “That made me love him even more. You can’t help but fall in love with him. He’s a character for sure – so animated and charming.”

AloftSarahCourtesy Sarah Rosario & Rocco

Rocco and Sarah are now besties, touring the grounds of the Biltmore Estate, enjoying leisurely breakfasts together and there are also plenty of cuddles, of course.

“He’s a snuggle bug, completely,” said Sarah.

What started out as a one-time community project at the Alfot has become something pawsitvely more.

Alfot9Courtesy Aloft Asheville Downtown

“We never thought it would turn into what it has, but we’re super proud of it,” said Christine Kavanagh. “You get attached to certain dogs and there have been some tears shed when they leave, but when you see the dogs with their new owners, that makes you cry too because it makes you happy.”

As for the dogs and their newfound family members, it’s life changing.

“I’m so lucky to have found him,” said Sarah. “He completes my life.  I love him so much.”

The Aloft/Charlie’s Angels pet project is an example of some real out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to pet rescue. Do you know of any innovative and interesting rescue programs going on in your community? We want to hear from you!

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(Images Courtesy Aloft Asheville Downtown, unless otherwise noted)

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22 thoughts on “Upscale North Carolina hotel fostering dogs full time

    • She’s such a wonderful person for saving a homeless pet, Sheila! I love that they are so perfect for each other. A great match for sure. 🙂

  1. That is amazing! Monster Milers is a fantastic group in Philadelphia. Volunteers take dogs from three area shelters on runs throughout the city. The dogs relieve stress, get exposure to the public and become comfortable around people. They just started a foster program and host adopt a running buddy events at area races.

    • More out-of-the-box thinking. We love that at Fetching Apparel. If we all do a little, we can make such a big difference. I’m going to contact you about the running group, Leslie. I want to learn more!!!!

  2. As someone who travels on business frequently and supports the mission of dog rescue, I’d be happy to see other hotels take this up as a practice. I’d make it a priority to stay in those venues.

    • We agree, Bethany! Just so impressed with what the Charlie’s Angels Rescue group and Aloft have accomplished together.

  3. Just love this idea of fostering adoptable dogs. It’s really a creative “out of the box ” way to get pets to their forever home!

    • Smart, isn’t it, Karen!! We were thrilled when we heard of the program. And the idea is spreading. You should see this happening at more hotels across the country very soon.

  4. What a wonderful idea this is. I’m a volunteer at the PHS and we are always looking for different ways to showcase our dogs and cats. We have no problem finding homes for the smaller dogs and the larger purebred dogs. The ones that are there the longest are the pitbull mix. We are also a “No Kill Shelter”. And it breaks my heart to see them having to stay with us for so long. We do have one Hotel in Potsdam, but no way would they allow something like this in their lobby, So thank you so much for what you are doing to help these beautiful animals. God Bless You.

  5. This is awesome! I also volunteer and transport from a high kill shelter to rescues. I also foster from time to time.

  6. Our little girl is the Title picture! Bubbles (now Sister) is settling into her new home so well, and is just as bossy as the picture suggests. We love her and thinks she’s so funny and sweet!

    • How wonderful to hear from you! It’s heartwarming to hear that. Thanks for dropping us a note with a progress report!!!

  7. AWESOME,AWESOME,AWESOME, hopefully this is just the beginning ! What a great gift you’re giving these precious animals and I pray the this is just the start of something that catches on throughout the country. Thank you Aloft!

    • Thank you for your comment, Barbara. We, at Fetching Apparel, were inspired to write about Aloft because of the hope it offers for so many homeless pets. A fantastic idea and so uplifting to see how much time and effort the entire staff has dedicated to this effort. Charlie’s Angels is an incredible group and it’s exciting to see this partnership!

    • That’s TERRIFIC, DIY April! If they implement it there, please update us so we can share on our Fetching Apparel page. THANK YOU! 🙂

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