A new special guest at the Tallahassee Aloft hotel

Published: Mar. 1, 2017 at 10:40 PM EST
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By: Erin Lisch

March 1, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A big celebration on Wednesday for a special guest checking into the Aloft hotel in Tallahassee.

Guests are checking in at the aloft hotel, the desk employee says, "Alright I have you on the seventh floor, elevators are straight ahead."

But now, when they pass the counter they'll see a mini hotel replica.

Inside is Penelope-- a 3-month-old shepherd mix; the Aloft hotel acting as her foster home.

Working at Aloft and the foster mom of Penelope, Kara Byrd said, "We're lucky to have an amazing staff that loves animals as much as we do so I think it gives them something to look forward too."

And the staff, certainly do.

Working at the front desk, Cady Delisle said, "She the other day slept on the desk for 2 hours while I checked people in so she's going to be a fun bud that I have here in the lobby."

The Leon County Humane Society says this gives a chance to free up a foster home as well as shine light on helping these animals

Leon County Humane Society's Lisa Glunt said, "The visibility that it will give to our program and especially the need that we have for new foster parents."

While staff say they'll hate when Penelope has to go, they'll find comfort knowing she has a permanent home.

"It's a good feeling at the end of the day to know that you helped somebody, even if it's a puppy," said Byrd.

Penelope the puppy, residing in this hotel until her check out date heading to her forever home.

The Leon County Humane Society says once Penelope is adopted, the hotel will start fostering another dog.

The dog house look-a-like Aloft hotel was built by Oliver Sperry Renovation & Construction.