5th Annual Best in Show

stories from beyond the shelter

coming soon!
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Amy Tan

Special guest and best-selling author of The Joy Luck Club

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michael krasny

Event host and author and radio host of KQED’s Forum

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Diane Dwyer

TV personality and two-time
Emmy® award winner for journalism

Best in Show — Stories from Beyond the Shelter is a storytelling event that celebrates the rescue pets who fill our lives with love. Each year, three storytelling finalists read their stories at this heartwarming event, with the winner crowned “Best in Show”.

In 2020, Best in Show featured bestselling and celebrated author, Amy Tan, author and radio host of KQED’s Forum, Dr. Michael Krasny, and Diane Dwyer, TV personality and two-time Emmy® award winner for journalism. 

Stay tuned for Best in Show 2021—coming soon!

2020 Storytelling Finalists

2020 Finalist
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Pet Parent/Author:
Rachel Crossman
2020 Finalist
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Pet Parent/Author:
Jose Rivera
2020 WINNER!
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Pet Parent/Author:
Victoria Lorrekovich-Miller

2019 event photos

2019 program

Master of Ceremonies

Diane Dwyer


Michael Krasny

Special Guest

Isabel Allende, best-selling author

Storytelling Finalists

Annie Crawford and Ruby
Susanna Porte and Misha
Fred Brill and Wyatt

Thank you to our friends

Minuteman Press of Berkeley
Sweet Adeline Bakeshop
The Marsh
Freight & Salvage

thanks to our sponsors

community sponsors

Barry Hoffner
Brad Holsworth
Christine Russell
David Koz
Glenn Jackson Family Foundation
Julia Hing
Lippow Development Co.
Mark Porter
Mary Pomerantz
Michael Meisel
Neil Cohen
Omar Murad
Patricia Motzkin
Patrick Kennedy
Richard Motzkin
Sally Reiss
Sheila Jordon
Shelley Schuster
Susan & Bill Meisel
Susie Medak

Questions? Visit our FAQs page.

sponsorship opportunities

Become a sponsor for Best in Show 2020! Your sponsorship supports Berkeley Humane’s mission to provide lifesaving programs for cats and dogs throughout the East Bay.

partner with us

Berkeley Humane is proud to partner with our animal-loving community! Opportunities include event sponsorships, raffle donations, and more. 

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Events subject to cancelation or rescheduling.