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Donna Swicegood Donald Gullett admitted he was a little uncertain when a hotel in Mooresville offered to take in a dog for Piedmont Animal Rescue.
He said he imagined the dog left in a crate overnight and having very little human interaction. But he said the hotel, Aloft, allowed pets with no fees or breed restrictions, so PAR decided to take a chance.
Instead, Gullett said, he found Aloft staff treated their foster dog, Chubbs, like a prince. Although there was a brooch set up in the lobby, Chubbs spent most of her week at Aloft in the offices of administrative assistant Tara Dowling and general manager Tina Waddell.
It didn’t take long for Chubbs to become a favorite with hotel staff and visitors alike, and it didn’t take long for him to catch the eye of a couple looking to add a friend for their Shih tzu, Francesca (Frankie).
A week into his time at Aloft, Chubbs returned home with Patrick Anderson, Traci Allen and Frankie.
Dowling originated the idea of promoting PAR. She said the hotel sponsored an adoption event for PAR, the Holiday Adoption event. “We are always looking for opportunities to help the community,” she said. After seeing PAR’s Facebook page, she suggested they partner up for a benefit.
It became Dowling considering the idea of the hotel and its staff adopting a dog. She learned that another Aloft hotel in Asheville had been doing this for more than seven years, resulting in some 250 dogs finding new homes.