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      EI Offices Celebrate National Dog Day

      Educational Institute Celebrates National Dog Day

      As the dog days of summers drew to a close, EI's Lansing, Michigan, and Orlando, Florida offices went to the dogs as they celebrated National Dog Day on August 26. Both offices held donation drives to help pet rescue organizations, while EI's Facebook page "went to the dogs" as employees shared photos of their family pets. 

      EI partnered with the Orlando-based non-profit Hospitality Industry Partner (H.I.P.) for Pets to collect blankets, linens, chew toys and other items that were donated locally to Rescuing Animals in Need (Orlando) and the Animal Placement Bureau (Lansing).   

      H.I.P. for Pets was founded by Scott and Ellyn Chapman. Scott has worked in the hospitality world for more than 20 years in positions ranging from housekeeping manager and training director to hospitality executive. Ellyn has done work in the nonprofit sector as a grant writer and worked as a dog groomer. The Chapmans and the board of directors are dedicated pet owners who believe that hospitality and animal organization professionals can work together to help every guest-and every adoptable pet-be at home.

      H.I.P. for Pets helps hospitality organizations donate worn linens, towels and other items to animal organizations to help reduce hotel waste removal costs by an estimated 7 percent and produce a green boost to hotels' bottom lines and sustainability initiatives. Animal organizations benefit from receiving much-needed linens, towels and other items that help with the care of homeless pets being sheltered and waiting to be adopted--thus lessening the cost of that care and helping to end unnecessary euthanasia. Ellyn adds: "Linens are the number one need on every Rescue's list…next to food! They need them for cleaning the animals, crates, and for bedding. Linens that can't be donated for human use can always be used to help animals!"

      EI staff members were proud to be able to help H.I.P. for Pets in its mission and to raise awareness about organizations doing good work on behalf of our furry friends. 

      About the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute
      Established in 1953 as a nonprofit educational foundation of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Educational Institute’s mission is to continue being the preferred provider to the lodging industry, hospitality schools, and related hospitality industries by developing and providing quality resources to train, educate, and certify hospitality professionals worldwide.