April 2, 2015 Written by

The Park on Main® – the classy, pet-friendly hotel in the southern Appalachian Mountains – is certainly well known for many of its luxurious attributes: stylish rooms, scenic surroundings, aesthetic decor.

Humans find the accommodations pleasant and inviting. But someone new and on the furry side has decided to call the Highlands hotel home – at least for a while.

His name is “Clyde,” and he’s 9 years old. And so far everyone at The Park on Main® has found the new resident, who arrived this week, a charming, loveable and welcome addition. Clyde’s arrival at The Park on Main® is the first in an ongoing partnership with Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society with the goal of finding furever homes for many more pets.


Michael Hammond, the hotel’s general manager, had been imagining what a relationship with the humane society would look like and how The Park on Main® could help bridge the gap for pets needing homes. Hammond contacted David Stroud, the humane society’s executive director and chairman of the North Carolina Animal Federation.

It was just an idea, Hammond thought. But Hammond’s idea would soon find a home.

With Clyde in mind, Stroud responded: The humane society “would be honored to be your partner moving forward.”

“The Park on Main® is absolutely beautiful, first-class and the most amazing pet-friendly hotel I have ever seen. I believe Clyde would not only thoroughly enjoy his stay with you, I feel that he would find his perfect forever family from among the animal-loving guests at your hotel. And not only would we be doing a remarkable thing for Clyde, our partner program will reap benefits to both of our organizations.”

The Park on Main and the humane society will continue working together to find homes for stray or abandoned pets. And Clyde is the first step in this local partnership in combating the scourge of animal neglect or abandonment.


Clyde, a Mountain Cur mix, was found roaming the Panthertown Valley last summer and brought to the humane society. Employees at the humane society were impressed with the stray’s demeanor: They described him as sweet, loving, affectionate and loyal, which made his situation even more unusual.

He had no collar, identification tags or identifying microchip to allow the humane society to return him to his owner. Traditionally, the fate of abandoned pets is not always comfortable or ideal – so the beloved canine’s long stay at the humane society became heart wrenching for those who interacted with him. Considering Clyde’s gentle nature, humane society workers found the dog’s apparent abandonment puzzling.

Clyde needed a home – and the humane society just wasn’t it. So they waited: Perhaps the owner would come by to reclaim his beloved pet. But time was working against Clyde. Days turned into weeks, and weeks into months. And still Clyde had no one – apparently, his home would have to remain the humane society. That is until The Park on Main® and the humane society joined together to form a partnership to help stray and abandoned animals.

Despite repeated attempts, Clyde has declined comment about his new home, his previous accommodations or his plans for the future. He did, however, provide tactile consent to the prospects of future interview requests. We’ll be waiting eagerly for that opportunity.

For more information about the ongoing partnership between The Park on Main® and the humane society, call Hammond at 828-526-4502 or go to www.theparkonmain.com.

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About The Park on Main

The Park on Main hotel is located in the quaint village of Highlands, North Carolina, a picturesque mountain retreat nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. A boutique style hotel, the Park on Main offers 24 luxury suites, each facing an exquisitely landscaped central park-like garden terrace.

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