Orlando hotel’s dog-adoption program off to ‘awesome’ start

Orlando Sentinel

In six weeks, Aloft Orlando Downtown has found forever homes for Dante, Lily, Lucky, Bruno, Roxy, Lil’ Bit — and a half-dozen other formerly homeless dogs from the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.

The Dog In Residence program, started in late May, has been an “awesome” success, says Pet Alliance executive director Stephen Bardy.

The hotel keeps the pooches in its lobby during daytime hours, allowing guests and visitors to interact. The nonprofit Pet Alliance had hoped the program would help to provide exposure for dogs needing homes and counter stereotypes about shelter pets.

One of them — Lucky, a tiny white furball with a pronounced underbite — was adopted within two minutes of her arrival. The average has been three and a half days.


It’s the first hotel foster program in Orlando and one of only a handful in the country.

To meet the dogs, you can stop in at Aloft, 500 S. Orange Ave. in Orlando, during the day. To learn more about off-site adoptions for both dogs and cats, go to or 407-420-5503. Follow @katesantich on Twitter.

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