The Westin Resort Sends Guests Home with Dogs!

The next time you head out on a family vacation, you may just come home with a new family member... of the 4 legged variety.  

The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage/Palm Springs has launched a partnership with the local nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter, Animal Samaritans.  The hotel takes in one adoptable dog  at a time and treats them to all the dog friendly resort amenities throughout their stay, from their very own Westin Heavenly Dog Bed to long walks around the property.  The dogs are introduced to guests at a pen set up in the lobby with hopes that they'll find a forever home.  So far it seems to be working.  Since the program began a year ago, nearly 50 dogs have been adopted -- going to homes across the country and even Canada. 

“We had an idea that this program would resonate with our guests,” says Randy Zupanski, General Manager at The Westin Mission Hills, “but we didn’t realize just how many win-win-win combinations would result from this experimental partnership."

While the average stay for a dog is a little more than a week, on more than one occasion dogs were adopted so quickly that Animal Samaritans did not have another to immediately take its place. 

August 26, National Dog Day, is the perfect time to check this unique program out.  That's the day the resort plans to hold a reunion for all of the dogs that have been adopted and it's open to the public and their canine companions. The event takes place 4 to 6 p.m. in the Oasis Den and Courtyard, and will feature a special pooch menu as well as drink specials and appetizers for purchase. There will be a Pooch Portrait Booth for memorable photos, and vendors who specialize in pet specific offerings. During their visit the dogs will be provided a Heavenly Dog Bed to use, and given a free take home keepsake toy.

“National Dog Day is a perfect time to celebrate of the success of this program and to also bring the community together for a fun event with their furry friends,” said Zupanski. “While we have adoptees returning for the event, we truly encourage Valley residents to partake in the festivities.”