St. Louis Rescue and Hotel Team Up to Help Shelter Dogs


What started out as a way to help puppies and volunteers relax has turned into a lucky charm to find dogs forever.

ST. LOUIS – Usually dogs are not allowed on the bed. But in a hotel, it is encouraged. And for some four-legged guests, it’s a welcome change from where they are now.

Angad Arts Hotel and Stray Rescue of Saint-Louishe partnership started in February thanks to a snowstorm. A donor bought Stray Rescue staff rooms at another nearby hotel so they could stay close to the animals.

“We have posted pictures of our staff spending the night with shelter dogs so they can come in for shifts the next morning because rain, sun, snow or sleet all need to be walked around. “said Natalie Thomson, director of marketing for Stray Rescue of St. Louis. “Stacey Howlett from the Angad Arts Hotel saw the message and called us and said, ‘We would give rooms. We wouldn’t charge you. If you ever want to stay here, let us know.'”

But they had no idea that this offer would turn into so much more. When the threat of snow was no longer an issue, Natalie and Stacey still believed there was something to this partnership. So Stacey stepped in with an idea.

“Bring a dog. Bring one of the staff or volunteers. And once a month our donation will be a room once a month for pets, volunteers and staff. And we have been doing it ever since,” he said. said Howlett, general manager of the Angad Arts Hotel.

So each month, a Stray Rescue employee or volunteer chooses their favorite dog who still needs a home and spends a night in the dog-friendly boutique hotel. The couple can snuggle up on the bed, hang out and watch TV. They can even choose the color of the room they want. The hotel offers different colors for the ambiance you want.

What started out simply as a way to relax has turned into a lucky charm to help dogs find new homes.

“What has happened is that every time we post the last stay this dog gets tons of applications. I think the last three in a row were all adopted within three days. are the next day, ”Natalie said.

Thomson said she was extremely grateful for the rooms at the Angad Arts Hotel.

“These parties do a lot more for the dog and the person than just a party. The dogs jump on the bed and you instantly see them, stretch and roll on their backs and they can be themselves. They can go out. from the noisy shelter and be themselves and be spoiled all night, ”said Thomson.

Howlett said it wasn’t just the dog and the staff at Stray Rescue who enjoyed their stay.

“It’s an easy thing for us to do. Giving one night a month to the rescue is such an easy request for us. Not to mention our employees love it. I mean, they are so excited when they know that a Stray Rescue stay is coming, ”Howlett said.

Stray Rescue of St. Louis has over 400 dogs and 150 cats available for adoption. You can see several of them on the Stray Rescue website. Or you can go to the rescue at 2320 Pine Street. They require a mask.

The Angad Arts Hotel is also donating part of its puppy package to Stray Rescue of St. Louis. You can read more about it, on the hotel website.


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