We already know that The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa—with its super-pet-friendly policy (no extra charge for four-legged guests), trademarked Westin Heavenly Dog Bed, and full menu of freshly-made pooch meals—is a dog’s best friend, accommodations-wise. So, how could it get better? By putting on a special event on National Dog Day, that’s how!

On August 26, the Westin will commemorate the holiday while celebrating not only its Dog Samaritans Adoption Project milestone but its partnership with the non-profit Animal Samaritans. The local, no-kill animal shelter, animal rescue, and veterinary care organization has been working with the resort for just over a year by introducing adoptable pets to resort guests. To date, almost 50 dogs have found a new family thanks to the program.

In a statement, the Westin’s General Manager Randy Zupanski said, “We had an idea that this program would resonate with our guests, but we didn’t realize just how many win-win-win combinations would result from this experimental partnership.”

In creating the program, a special pen in the lobby of the Westin housed one Animal Samaritans dog at a time. This way, some lucky owner’s future pet would stay at the resort until adopted, and be cared for by a dedicated team of associates named Westin Dog Samaritans. Thankfully, most dogs needed to check-in for just a little more than a week before being whisked away to their new forever home. But some were rescued so quickly that a replacement couldn’t be immediately found. How great is that?

While 25% of the adopted pets stayed in the desert, the rest have gone as far as Canada and the East Coast. Just how many will return on August 26th for the reunion scheduled for “Yappy Hour” from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the resort is tough to tell. But what I can tell you for sure is that it’ll be a party, with a special canine menu, and hosted drinks and appetizers for the pets’ humans. There will be plenty of Heavenly Dog Beds for those who need to sleep off their indulgences, and vendors—including a Pooch Portrait Booth—will be on hand as well.

For additional info about this program, or about the August 26 festivities, please call Raquel Wood at 760.328.5955.

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