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Sonesta Teams Up with Best Friends Animal Society to Support Saving Homeless Animals


NEWTON, MASS.—In celebration of National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, Sonesta International Hotels Corporation announced it is teaming up with Best Friends Animal Societya leading national animal welfare organization, to support its mission to end homelessness for animals. To commemorate the collaboration, Sonesta Select properties served a complimentary pet-inspired mocktail to guests and offered opportunities for team members and guests to make donations to help save the lives of dogs, cats and other animals.

An authority and leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s animal shelters by 2025. The organization runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals and partners with 3,900 rescue groups and shelters across the country to sponsor lifesaving programs.

The collaboration with Best Friends Animal Society provides Sonesta with an opportunity to make a meaningful impact on companion animal welfare across the country. Guests at Sonesta Select properties will have the opportunity to donate to Best Friends Animal Society at check-in via a QR code located on hotel key card sleeves.

‘Committed to Making Travel with Pets Possible’

“We are proud to support Best Friends Animal Society in their mission to help save shelter animals and find them loving homes,” said Elizabeth Harlow, Sonesta’s Chief Marketing and Brand Officer. “We understand the importance of pets to their families, and we are committed to making travel with pets possible and easier through our PAWS program. We support Best Friends Animal Society’s progressive new initiatives and lifesaving programs.”

Sonesta plans to offer animal volunteering opportunities for team members at Best Friends Animal Society centers in Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, New York City, Atlanta, Houston and Northwest Arkansas and their national network of animal shelters. Sonesta also intends to host future animal adoption events and other programs at Sonesta Select properties to further support communities.

“We are so grateful for Sonesta’s support of our organization’s mission to save the lives of homeless cats and dogs across America, giving pets second chances and happy homes,” said Candi Maciel, Director of Corporate Partnerships at Best Friends Animal Society. “Donations from Sonesta and their guests, as well as the additional audiences we’ll be able to reach through Sonesta’s community, will bring us closer to achieving our goal of making every shelter in every community of the United States no-kill by the end of 2025.”

Sonesta’s collaboration with Best Friends Animal Society follows the introduction in May 2022 of its PAWS (Pets Are Welcome At Sonesta) program that offers amenities to pamper every pet, including a complimentary dog treat at check-in, feeding bowls, pet supplies in retail markets, a specialized pet bed at Select and full-service brands and more. The program is available across Sonesta’s U.S. portfolio, including The Royal SonestaSonesta Hotels & ResortsSonesta SelectSonesta ES Suites and Sonesta Simply Suites.

To learn more about Best Friends Animal Society and the PAWS pet-friendly program, visit Sonesta.com/Best-Friends.