Traveling and staying at hotels can become lonely. So lonely even the TV and the mini-bar can't numb the emptiness. But one hotel in Mississippi has found the perfect way to warm their guests' lonesome hearts.

Home2 Suites by Hilton Biloxi North/D'Iberville has been operating a program called Fostering Hope. Running since October 2018, it brings shelter dogs from the Humane Society of South Mississippi to the hotel's lobby and offers guests the chance to foster the adorable pets in their rooms while they're staying at the facility. Moreover, if people really hit it off with their companions, they can adopt them on their way out.

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I want it!

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This frees up space at the shelter -- which takes in about 8,000 dogs a year and adopts out close to 80% of them -- so more doggos can get the help they need and increases the chances for these dogs to get noticed and find their new family. And since the hotel specializes in long-term visits (many guests book a room for months at a time), it's the perfect venue for such an initiative.

The brilliant program was the idea of Teresa Johnston, the hotel's sales director. "We’re an extended-stay Hilton branded property. We have a lot of extended-stay guests with Keesler Air Force Base, Ingalls Shipbuilding and other supporting industries. I could see that our guests were lonely, and I wanted to fill a void for them and at the same time help our community," she told Bored Panda.

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When I cross my legs, I look real fancy woof!

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"People love animals and we have many guest that decide to stay at the Home2 Suites by Hilton Biloxi North/D'Iberville because of this program," Johnston explained.

If guests wish to take home a dog from the program, all they have to do is fill out an application and pay the $50 adoption fee at the hotel.

The Humane Society of South Mississippi say the program is very open, but they do reserve the right to deny an adoption. If that's the case, they may invite people to visit their shelter another day and find the pet that's right for them.

So far, at least 34 guests have gone home with one of the Home 2 Suites “Fostering Hope” dogs.

"We keep doing what we’re doing, our families during the summer love the program and our servicemen and women love the program all year long," Johnston said.

The hotel's sales director also added that anyone can make this program happen. "It takes a property cheerleader, a strong operations team and a commitment to the local shelter to find homes for all these animals one at a time. Love what you do!"

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NanZ
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1 month ago

I don't know how anybody can do that and then leave them!

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Wait. Isn't there supposed to be a dog here? All I see are a bunch of towels.

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Audrey Bob-The-Builder
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1 month ago

Does anyone else want to adopt this cute little doggo?

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Audrey Bob-The-Builder
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1 month ago

Just sit still and no one will notice!

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NanZ
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1 month ago

I didn't catch that, could you please repeat it? I love this expression on dogs!

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Rebekah
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1 month ago

How could you say no to that face?

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Phantom Captain
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1 month ago

I love golden doodles!

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Sardonic Scribe
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1 month ago

Umm, excuse me... there's a magnificent ball of floof waiting for your attention!

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Susan Gardner
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1 month ago

The best he's slept in months :(

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bahamut
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1 month ago

Dibs

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Lyop
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1 month ago

Mine.

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NanZ
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1 month ago

So adorable!

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bahamut
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1 month ago

Alaskan malafloof

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Brian Geppert
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That there looks to me like a dog who knows how this goes... and that she keeps getting recycled from one random family to another, absent a meaningful attachment...

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SBW71
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1 month ago

What a ham!!

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NanZ
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1 month ago

They look like siblings. I guess I want all of them now.

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Norma
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1 month ago

Gorgeous!

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MagicalUnicorn
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1 month ago

oh my, this dog has better freckles than i do <3

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Dorothy Parker
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1 month ago

Chocolate labs look too human. Good dog.

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Erin
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1 month ago

Yes. I will take them both.

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NanZ
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1 month ago

I would have to take them home!

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Audrey Bob-The-Builder
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1 month ago

Look Rufus, It's Sallie, she is SMOKN right now!

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NanZ
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1 month ago

Oh Baby someone will adopt you very soon.

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Kathy Baylis
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1 month ago

Yum! Snickety-snacks!

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NanZ
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1 month ago

It's a keeper!

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Doctor who?!
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1 month ago

This sene is soo adorable make a great family photograph if they adopted that dog

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Laugh Fan
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1 month ago

So cute!

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Leslie Bethea
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1 month ago

I thought the story said this was in Mississippi?

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