Events and Promotions

The 18th Annual Best in Show

The 18th Annual Best in Show

September 26, 2021 | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Thomas & Mack at UNLV

Sunday, September 26 | 10:00 am 

Join us for Las Vegas' premier dog show and silent auction benefiting the Valley's lost and abandoned animals. A variety of shelter dogs from The Animal Foundation will strut their stuff on the red carpet and compete for YOUR vote in a variety of categories including small, medium, large, variety pack, and puppies. Only one dog will be crowned "Best in Show," but all the cuddly canine participants will be available for adoption during the event. 

All proceeds will benefit the many lifesaving programs at The Animal Foundation. 

10:00 am | VIP Brunch

11:15 am | General Admission Doors Open 

11:45 am | 18th Annual Best in Show Begins


General Admission Tickets

Tickets are just $5 - children 5 and under are free!

You don't need a ticket to bid on auction items or to bid on a chance to adopt one of the Best in Show dogs or kittens, but a ticket does provide access to watch the show in-person at Thomas & Mack Center or virtually from the comfort of your home. Purchase your ticket today to ensure you can see all the animals strut their stuff on the red carpet on Sunday, September 26 to compete for the title of Best in Show...and your heart! 

Purchase Tickets


Want to show your support but can't make it to the show? Give a gift to help sustain our many lifesaving programs.


How the Event Works 


You can vote online for your favorite dogs in each category September 20 - 25. Your votes will be tallied and announced at the show. The winner from each category will compete for the top prize of Best in Show during the live event on September 26. 



If you have questions about the bidding proccess, please email

ANYONE can bid on silent auction items this year! Whether you're able to attend the event in person, virtually, or not at all, you won't want to miss out on the amazing auction items at this year's Best in Show. Get ready to bid on any one of the 10 fabulous travel packages including trips to Costa Rica, Iceland, Italy's Amalfi Coast, and beyond. Party on Lake Mead on The Silverton's "High Limit" Houseboat, learn how to indoor skydive, enjoy dining at some of the best restaurants, and more.

The auction will go live at 10:00am on Monday, September 20 and will end at the conclusion of the show on Sunday, September 26. And the best part is, all proceeds go directly to The Animal Foundation's lifesaving programs to help homeless animals in our community. 




If you have questions about the adoption process, please email

Only one dog can be crowned Best in Show, but ALL of the dogs and kittens are available for adoption! ANYONE can bid for a chance to adopt. Bidding is open now and ends at 12:30pm on the day of the show, Sunday, September 26. All proceeds go directly to The Animal Foundation's lifesaving programs. 

If you are the winning bidder for one of these amazing dogs or kittens and are NOT at the event, you must pick up your pet from The Animal Foundation on Monday, September 27 between 11:00am and 6:00pm. Winners will be contacted by an Animal Foundation team member to schedule your adoption appointment. Any animal not picked up during this time will become available for adoption to the general public. No refunds will be given. 


Buy tickets HERE and join us on September 26! 


Best in Show Participants 

The dogs below will compete for the title of Best in Show during the event on Sunday, September 26! Except for the puppies — all puppies are winners because they're just too doggone cute! New to the show this year — KITTENS! 

Photo Credit: Bark Gallery

Small Dog Group

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A1189037 | Male | Miniature Poodle | 1 Year 8 Months

My name is Scully, and I’m a super playful little guy! I’m a happy boy with a winning smile and a beautiful coat. Looking for a running companion? I’m your guy! I have lots of energy and love to roll around in the grass, run in the yard, and play chase. I’m super friendly and would enjoy getting all the pets and belly rubs you have to offer!


A1190807 | Male | Brussels Griffon | 1 Year 2 Months

I’m Griffin, and I’m the playful pup you’ve been waiting for! I love chasing stuffed toys, even though I might not always bring them back. I’ve been told I’m very cute with my round face and great smile. I love to run out my energy before cuddling up for the night. I love everyone I meet and get along great with other dogs!


A1177367 | Female | Terrier | 1 Year 3 Months

I’m Mitzy! I’m a frisky little girl who just wants to cuddle up in your lap and give you lots of love. I’m super playful, and I love to learn. I pick up on new things lightning-fast! I’m already potty trained and know how to use the doggy door. I’m a tiny dancer too, which is sure to make you smile! I’m also a good eater, and I do great in the car. Let’s share a tasty meal and take a joyride!


A1196438 | Female | Miniature Scnauzer | 1 Year 2 Months

I’m Zoe, and I’m a smiley bundle of sunshine! I love to be held and scratched, and if you give me a hug I’ll hug you right back! I walk well on a leash, and I can’t wait until it’s playtime. I’ve got energy to spare, but don’t worry - I’m a great listener. I’m sure we will have lots of fun together!


A1188400 | Female | Rat Terrier | 8 Months

I’m an energetic little girl with the best booty shakes! I already love you and can’t wait to play together! But my favorite thing to do is climb into your lap for a good cuddle and give you all of my love. If you give me belly rubs and neck scratches I will be your best friend forever!


A1189148 | Male | Pomeranian | 2 Years

Hi, I’m Prince! But you may know me as the Dancing King. You can see me busting a move as I dance on my hind legs. I’m the fluffiest of fluffs, and I love to have all the pets. I am always smiling because I love everyone I meet! I might be small but I have a big personality!

Medium Dog Group

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A1188527 | Female | Aussie Mix | 8 Months

I’m a sweet, beautiful pup who is smart, independent, affectionate, energetic and athletic. What more could you want? Whether we go on hikes, take a walk around the town, relax at the park, or settle on the couch and cuddle, I want nothing more than to go home with you and give you all the love in the world.


A1188984 | Male | Mini Australian Shepard | 3 Years

My soft, shiny, luxurious fur may catch your eye, but it’s my loving personality that will capture your heart. I love to run around, especially with my animal siblings, and I enjoy meeting new people and dogs. I’m a simple guy who is content with belly rubs and laying on your lap, and I can’t wait to go home with you.


A1195453 | Male | Terrier | 3 Years

I’m a scruffy guy looking for my new best friend! I’ve been told I’m a big goofball, and I snort like a pig whenever I play tug-of-war. Stuffed animals are my favorite thing in the whole world, and if I have the chance, I’ll carry them around with me everywhere I go! I’m always excited to meet and greet new people, too. If you’re looking for an affectionate pup who is guaranteed to make you laugh, I’m your guy!


A1118435 | Female | Alaskan Husky | 2 Years

My name is Nala, and I’m a beauty queen famous for my piercing blue eyes and gorgeous long hair! I’d love nothing more than to be your perfect running buddy. You’ll love watching my long, goofy tongue swing around with every step! I’m an independent girl, but I do love meeting new people too - as long as I have time to give everyone a good sniff! I’m a very alert and curious girl and nothing makes me happier than smelling and exploring everything around me. I can’t wait to frolic with you!


A1195912 | Female | Pembroke Welsh Corgi | 1 Year 2 Months

I might not have superpowers, but I will brighten your universe! My adorable corgi butt will climb right on top of your lap as I give you kisses on kisses on kisses. I love to show off my super speed when playing with my foster siblings, and even though I may seem like a simple girl, my intelligence is out of this world. I already know how to sit, lay down, roll over, give high fives and shake.


A1189113 | Male | Queensland Heeler | 1 Year 8 Months

I’m a goofy, active, and affectionate love bug who can’t wait to explore with my future family. I’m very intelligent and love to learn new tricks. I’m potty trained and crate trained. My favorite things are chasing after my squeaky candy cane toy, playing with all of my friends, splashing in the pool, and getting lots of pets and belly rubs. I will be your best adventure buddy and give you amazing cuddles and the biggest smile!


Large Dog Group

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Hot Shot

A1195461 | Male | Pitbull | 1 Year 2 Months

I’m a happy go lucky charmer who just loves being in the moment. You won’t be able to resist my sweet face, and why would you want to? I’m a fun-loving, tail-wagging pittie who is eager to learn! I love playing with toys, chasing balls, and getting loved on by you! After we’re done playing, I am a mellow couch potato. I would love a house with no cats.


A1195024 | Male | Rottweiler | 2 Years

I’m Klaus, the big friendly giant! I love treats and will even take them gently from you. I want nothing more than to love you with my big goofy smile. I’m secretly a lap dog but shhh, that stays between us. Want to know how many tennis balls I can fit into my mouth? Me too! So let’s go get all of the toys and play fetch in the backyard!


A1193456 | Male | Labrador Retriever Mix | 10 Months

I’m an energetic dog looking for a yard to run around in. You can find me with a toy in my mouth as I play with my new family. I love attention, and with some training, there’s no telling all the cool things I could learn!

Mister Snuggles

A1187866 | Male | Great Pyrenees | 2 Years

Don’t let my size fool you! I was named for being the greatest snuggler you’ll ever meet. I’m peaceful, quiet, and calm. They even call me the “gentle giant”. I love all dogs, big, small, puppies and seniors! I can lay down anywhere and still be as happy as a clam (although I’ve never actually met one). I'm ready for you to love me and all 12 of my toes. I can't wait to be your perfect lap dog!


Variety Pack

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A1190726 | Female | Shiba Inu | 7 Years

I may be seven, but I have a young soul and can run with the best of them. While I love to play, and I can get along with anyone, I also have a calm and mellow side, making me the perfect addition to your family. I would love it if you gave me some head scratches!


A1195816 | Male | West Highland Terrier | 3 Years

I’m Digby, the pup of your dreams! I’m a happy, affectionate little guy who loves to meet new people and adores absolutely everyone. I’m a curious supersniffer who wants to take in everything going on around me. My perfect day includes prancing around in the grass, exploring new places, and then sitting in your lap for a good cuddle.

Sir Arthur

A1188611 | Male | Boxer | 5 Months

Hello! My name is Sir Arthur and I’m a deaf, adorable and lovable little puppy! My foster family is teaching me how to navigate this world by using different hand signals to tell me to sit, lay down, shake and more. I’m really good in the bath, and I love to play with brooms! I’m still working on perfecting my potty training, but I can use the doggy door like a good boy.


A1196209 | Male | Miniature Poodle | 11 Months

Hi! I’m Elton! At only 9 months old, my entire world was turned upside down. I came to the shelter with several neglected open wounds on my leg. Ouch! Luckily, my new friends at the shelter amputated my back leg and now I’m the cutest little tripod you’ll ever see. I am recovering beautifully! I have a heart murmur but no current clinical signs of heart disease. It’s recommended I follow up with a cardiologist. I’m kind, easy and an absolute doll. I can walk well on a leash, too! If you’re looking for a snuggle buddy, I’m your guy! I love every single person I meet and I think they’re my best friend! You’re sure to fall in love with my freckled nose and puppy dog eyes.


A1196001 | Female | Labrador Mix | 6 Months

I’m Beanz, a snuggle bug who wants nothing more than to be loved and held by you. I’m ridiculously cute, and I’ve been told I have beautiful eyes, too. I’d love to wiggle my way into your lap or play a game of fetch! I’m a quick learner and will even sit for treats. I love absolutely everyone I meet, but if you’ll be my best friend I’ll give you lots of extra kisses!


A1196882 | Female | Terrier | 11 Months

I can be a little shy at first, but I warm up quickly! I’m the ultimate snuggler who will burrow into your lap as we watch our favorite shows. I’m a precious little pup who has so much love to give, and I would love to be a cherished member of your family.


Puppy Parade

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A1189386 | Male | German Shepard | 4 Months

I’m Gibby, and I’m the most adorable little pup you’ll ever meet! I love running around with my foster brother, and I get along great with kids. I love to play fetch, chase balls, bones, toys and more. Bonus: I already know my basic commands! I can’t wait to crawl into your lap and give you the best doggy kisses in the world!


A1196201 | Male | Yorkshire Terrier | 10 Weeks

I’m an itty bitty ball of energy who will wiggle my way into your heart! I want nothing more than to snuggle with you and be held in your arms. And if you like the outdoors, I’d love to bask in the sun with you!


A1188607 | Male | Labrador Retriever | 3 Months

I’m a sweet little guy who can’t wait to grow up and explore this great, big world! Whether we’re on the trails, walking through the park, or just in the backyard, my curious nature will make me a great adventure buddy. At the end of the day, I will climb up onto your lap and give you tons of kisses as we cuddle on the couch to relax.


A1188616 | Female | St. Bernard | 3 Months

Hi! I’m Charlotte but my stage name is “Charlie”. I’m the goodest girl who can sit, lay down, stay and shake. Even though I’m still a puppy, I have an old soul. If you’re looking for an easy-going dog, then I’m your girl! I’m great with other dogs, cats, and even tortoises! I love a good snuggle or belly rub, and I can’t wait to share my adorable puppy smile with you!


A1195892 | Male | Siberian Husky | 3 Months

I’m a little puppy with big potential! You won’t be able to resist my gorgeous blue eyes and soft fur. I can be energetic, and I will love you with all of my heart. I’m a curious boy who is a quick learner, and I can’t wait for all that you have to teach me!


A1196826 | Female | Chihuahua | 12 Weeks

Aren’t I just the cutest little button you’ve ever seen? My 1.6 lbs of pure love can’t wait to grow big and strong with you! I’m as sweet and fuzzy as an actual kiwi. I’m excited to meet my new family!



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Peanut, Chestnut, Hazelnut, Pistachio and Cashew will be the first kittens ever to appear in Best in Show! They're cute. They're fluffy. But most importantly, they will all be available for adoption during the event!


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