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Best in Show

stories from beyond the shelter

xxx xx, 2020 | xxx PM to xxx PM
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4th Annual Best in Show

stories from beyond the shelter

Amy Tan by Julian Johnson_small
Amy Tan

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

Michael Krasny_Headshot
michael krasny

Event host and host of KQED’s Forum

Diane Dwyer Headshot
Diane Dwyer

TV Personality

Storytelling Contest

These times more than ever, Share your story about a meaningful experience you had (or are having!) with a rescue animal, your own or one you met through friends or family, or just around the neighborhood.

Pull at our heartstrings, make us laugh or make us cry. Prize packages for finalists to include a cash prize and other items. Contest winner will be crowned “Best in Show”.

Submissions are due by 11:59pm PDT on Wednesday July 15th, 2020.

Virtual Event - August 14, 2020

Tickets available soon. Join international bestselling author Amy Tan and KQED’s Dr. Michael Krasny for a very special virtual event to benefit shelter animals.

This one-time live and virtual storytelling event will feature a conversation with Amy Tan and a live storytelling contest, focused on the animal companions that shape our lives with love. The contest winner will be awarded as Best in Show.

2019 Storytelling Finalists

2019 Finalist
Best in show_Misha


Pet Parent/Author:
Susana Porte

Misha had an excellent, very Californian death. We sat cross-legged on the floor.

2019 Finalist
Best in Show_Ruby


Pet Parent/Author:
Annie Crawford

I drew a line in the sand: “Whatever happens, don’t come home with a dog.”

2019 WINNER!
Best in Show_Wyatt


Pet Parent/Author:
Fred Brill

While wandering the shelter, we spied a 50-pound beast gazing at us…

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

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.

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

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