At the Home2 Suites by Hilton Biloxi in D'Iberville, Mississippi, it's not unusual for guests to leave with much more than they arrived with. The hotel is home to one foster dog at any given time, and visitors are free to walk them, play with them, and even take the dogs home, Insider reports.
The Home2 Suites in D'Iberville started its "Fostering Hope" program as a way to offer guests some of the warmth and comfort they were missing from home. The hotel partners with the Humane Society of South Mississippi to open its doors to one rescue dog at a time. All the hotel's guests are invited to act as the animal's foster owner. Whether they're missing their own pet back home or just looking for something to do, they can take the dog for a walk and feed them during their stay. They're even allowed to bring the pet into their hotel room overnight.
By creating bonding opportunities between guests and the foster dogs, the hotel aims to send pets home with forever families. So far, more than 60 dogs have been adopted since Home2 Suites began fostering them in October 2018. The new pet parents include hotel guests as well as several members of the staff.
The program has been so successful that the goal now is to spread it to other Home2 Suites locations in the country. If you can't make it to D'Iberville, you can check out some of the hotel's canine visitors below.