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This Mississippi Hotel Lets You Adopt A Dog To Be Your Roomie

This Mississippi Hotel Lets You Adopt A Dog To Be Your Roomie

Let's be honest, sometimes your friends and family can really grind your gears on holiday.

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So instead of inviting a human companion on your next trip away, why not adopt a doggo for the duration of your break?

In Home 2 Suites in South Mississippi, that's exactly what you can do.

Guests can adopt the dogs or just foster them for the stay (Credit: Humane Society of Southern Mississippi)
Guests can adopt the dogs or just foster them for the stay (Credit: Humane Society of Southern Mississippi)

The extended-stay hotel is allowing guests to foster a dog from the shelter which they have in their lobby, and the pooch will then be allowed to join them in their bedroom.

Working alongside the Humane Society of South Mississippi in Gulfport, the hotel doesn't ask guest to commit to adopting the dog afterwards, so there's absolutely no pressure when you're hanging with your canine BFF.

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The hotel has a dog shelter in its lobby (Credit: Humane Society of Southern Mississippi)
The hotel has a dog shelter in its lobby (Credit: Humane Society of Southern Mississippi)

However, if you form an attachment to your doggy chum (and who wouldn't?) you can even adopt them for life, turning the holiday friendship into something much more permanent.

The premises' sales director, Teresa Johnston conceived the fostering program over a year ago.

And since it was set up in October 2018, 33 dogs have been adopted - although they still like popping back to visit their old home.

One such doggo is a Dachshund mix, Fergus, who returned to the shelter to say hello in November after being happily settled into a new home with a loving family.

"Guess who came to visit us today, Spot, aka Fergus," Home 2 Suites wrote, alongside a picture of the pup.

"This sweet little Dachshund mix was adopted back in January by Laura and Greg from Tennessee.

"Fergus is happy, healthy and very loved. Thanks for bringing back a sweet memory for our team."

Meanwhile, Chauvo, the shelter's very first adoption, also returned to see his old owners at the shelter earlier this month.

"Chauvo, our very first adoption baby stopped by the Home 2 Suites for a visit to say hello.

"This little guy has experienced a loving home since October 2018. Thanks Kinsley and family," they wrote in another post.

Bianca Janik, the shelter's relations manager, told USA Today: "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.

"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."

If a guest should wish to adopt a dog, they simply have to fill out an application and pay a $50 (£38) fee.

The dogs are very happy in their hotel shelter (Credit: Humane Society of Southern Mississippi)
The dogs are very happy in their hotel shelter (Credit: Humane Society of Southern Mississippi)

However, the shelter has the dogs' safety at the forefront of their mind, and has the right to refuse adoption if they see fit.

"(We) may tell them we don't feel comfortable, come visit our shelter tomorrow and we'll find one that is right," Janik added to the publication.

The lucky re-homed dogs are sent home spayed and neutered, with microchips, up-to-date medical records and vaccinations.

Featured Image Credit: Homes 2 Suites

Topics: Dog, travel, Animals

Joanna Freedman

Joanna is a journalist at Tyla with a particular interest in highlighting women's issues and telling inspiring first person stories. She's also their resident foodie, and loves covering exciting new beauty launches, too. Contact her at [email protected]

 

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