5th Annual Best in Show

stories from beyond the shelter
Fri. October 15, 2021 | 6–7PM
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Jennifer Egan

Special guest and Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad

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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, contestants submit their heartwarming pet stories for the chance to win prizes and be crowned “Best in Show”. Three finalists will read their stories at the Best in Show event.

100% of event and auction proceeds benefit shelter dogs and cats!

Questions about Best in Show or the Storytelling Contest? Please contact us.

1. share your pet story with us by 9/24!

Make us laugh or make us cry, share your short story about a meaningful experience you had with a rescue pet! Three finalists will be featured at our Best in Show event, win prizes and the glory of being “Best in Show”! Accepting submissions now through September 24, 2021. You will be asked to log in to your google account in order to complete a google form. 

2. Buy your ticket for best in show on 10/15!

Join us virtually on Friday, October 15, 6–7PM for a magical evening of heartwarming pet stories as told by our storytelling finalists. Our event features Pulitzer Prize winning author Jennifer Egan, author and radio host Dr. Michael Krasny, and Diane Dwyer, TV personality and two-time Emmy® award winner for journalism.

3. Ready, Set, Auction!

The Best In Show online auction will be open from Friday, October 15th at 7 pm to Monday October 18th at 7 pm. With over 70 amazing auction items, there’s something for everyone! Event attendance is not required to participate in the auction. Details to come!

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

our sponsors

2020 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 2021! 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. 

all events
  • 10/9 – Low-cost vaccines for dogs and cats!
  • 10/15 – Storytelling event Best in Show featuring Pulitzer Prize winning author Jennifer Egan.*Event dates and details subject to change.