Events and Promotions

The 19th Annual Best in Show

The 19th Annual Best in Show

May 1, 2022 | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV

Sunday, May 1 | 10:00 am 

Join us for Las Vegas' premier dog show and silent auction benefiting the Valley's lost and abandoned animals. Twenty-five shelter dogs from The Animal Foundation will strut their stuff on the red carpet and compete to be named top dog. 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 | 19th Annual Best in Show Begins


Co-Hosted by FOX5 Anchor John Huck and Radio Host Chet Buchanan

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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, but a ticket does provide access to watch the show in person from the stands 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, May 1 to compete for the title of Best in Show...and your heart! 

Purchase General Admission 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

Silent Auction

If you have questions about the bidding process, please email

You don't need a Best in Show ticket to bid on silent auction items! 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 a variety of once in a lifetime travel packages, including trips to Tuscany, Costa Rica, France, Iceland and beyond. Embrace your adventurous side on an African photo safari, party in New Orleans, or experience the finer things in life at a wine tasting in Sonoma. Enjoy a staycation on the Las Vegas strip, dining at Las Vegas's best restaurants, and more! 

All bidding will take place online. The auction is live now and will end at the conclusion of the show on Sunday, May 1. 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 are winning bidder for one of these amazing auction items and are NOT at the event, you must pick up your item from The Animal Foundation on Monday, May 2 between 11:00am and 6:00pm.

Click here to start bidding: BID NOW


Best in Show Dogs

Click here for instructions on how to do adopt: HOW TO ADOPT

If you have questions about the adoption process, please email

Only one dog can be crowned Best in Show but ALL of the participating dogs are available for adoption! You don't need a ticket to the show to bid for a chance to adopt. Bidding is live now and ends at the conclusion of the show on Sunday, May 1. 


If you are the winning bidder for one of these amazing dogs and are NOT at the event, you must pick up your pet from The Animal Foundation on Monday, May 2 between 11:00am and 6:00pm. Any animal not picked up during this time will become available for adoption to the general public. No refunds will be given.

Click here to bid for a chance to adopt: BID NOW


Best in Show Participants 

The dogs below will compete for the title of Best in Show during the event on Sunday, May 1! Except for the puppies — all puppies are winners because they're just too doggone cute! And ALL of the below dogs will be available for adoption! 

Bidding for a chance to adopt one of the dogs is live now and will continue until the conclusion of Best in Show on Sunday, May 1. 

Photo Credit: Bark Gallery



Small Dog Group


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Male | Miniature Poodle | 1 Year 2 Months

I’m a silly sweetheart with the happiest smile. I’m playful and friendly, and I love to give kisses. I’m also pretty smart - I know “sit,” “stay,” and “let’s go.” Cheese is my favorite treat, and I love all people and other dogs. I’m happiest when I can zoom around in circles and then cuddle up in your arms when I’m done. I’m a special boy who will bring tons of laughter and love to your life. 


Female | Yorkie | 2 Years 1 Month

I’m an absolute doll who loves to give kisses and be held. I’m just a tiny little thing so I need someone to love and cherish me and not play too rough. I get along with the other dogs in my foster home, and I love everyone I meet. I’d be the perfect errand partner. I also love to play fetch and prance after the ball like a tiny little deer. If you take me home, I’m sure to add tons of sweetness to your life every day! 


Male | French Bulldog | 1 Year 9 Months

I’m a happy, fun, energetic guy who LOVES to play fetch. I’m very curious and good with other dogs and kids. I walk well on a leash and do great in the car. I’m smart, funny, and playful. Everyone thinks I’m the coolest dog on the block, and you’ll absolutely fall in love with my mischievous grin, underbite included. Let’s see what kind of trouble we can get into together! 


Male | Shihtzu | 1 Year

Hi! I’m cute as a button and a little love nugget. I’m a calm, affectionate guy who enjoys napping and belly rubs. I love to chase toys and follow you around the house. Wherever you go, I go. I’m also a smarty pants. I’ve mastered sit, stay, down, shake, leave it, and drop it. I walk well on a leash, and I’m great in the car. I’m good with children and other dogs. I’m housebroken and know how to use a doggy door. And don’t worry, I will be on my best behavior when you leave me home alone. My foster family says I’m a true catch. I’m an absolute darling who will make my future family very happy. 


Male | Maltese | 10 Months

I’m a mellow, cuddly little teddy bear who may take a little time to come out of my shell, but once I adjust to my new family, I can’t wait to be the ultimate lap dog. I get along well with other pups and enjoy exploring outside. I might be small, but I have a lot of love to give. I’m a little angel, and whoever takes me home will be the luckiest person on earth.


Medium Dog Group


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Male | Australian Shepherd | 3 Years 1 Month

If you want an adventure buddy, then I’m your guy. I have a passion for the outdoors and exploring. My energetic, friendly personality would do great with an active family who I can spend all of my time with. I have an affectionate personality, and I can’t help but steal cuddles and give kisses while admiring you with my lovely eyes. I’m a fluffy, goofy love bug who can’t wait to meet you.


Male | Pomeranian | 1 Year 1 Month

My name is Magic, but I’m also known as the long-legged prince. I’m a little puff ball of softness who is excited by life. Can’t you tell from my non-stop tail wags? I get so relaxed when you give me chest scratches that I sometimes fall asleep! I love getting attention from everyone and will be your best friend. 


Male | Cattle Dog | 9 Months

I’m an energetic guy who loves going on hikes and walks with my humans. I get the zoomies and love to chase balls. I’m still working on learning tricks, but I’m housebroken, crate-trained and know how to use the doggy door, so you know I’m super smart. I love everyone, especially when they give me scratches and belly rubs! I’m an active guy who needs a high energy household, so if you’re looking for an exercise partner, I’d be your perfect match! 


Female | Old English Sheepdog | 2 Years 1 Month

Hi, I’m Phoebe, and I already love you! My favorite thing in the world is to give people hugs. I am a silly and social pup who can’t wait to play with other dogs, and when I get excited I get the super zoomies. I love to run and play fetch. I may not look like a sheepdog now, but I promise I am, and I can’t wait for my beautiful coat to grow back.


Female| Corgi / German Shepherd Mix | 8 Months

Hi! Check out my long body and short legs. I’m an adorable low rider. People stop me on the street to talk about how cute I am and then get lost in my beautiful eyes. Did you notice that one is blue and one is brown? I’m an energetic and goofy guy who loves playing with squeaky toys, snuggling in your lap, and going for walks. I’m very smart and love to show off my skills. I’ve mastered roll over and shake, and I’ll sit patiently for treats. I’m housebroken, crate-trained and know how to use a doggy door. I’m still working on perfecting my leash skills but I’m an eager learner. I’m always down for a car ride to the park to run and chase my ball. I’d do great with an active family who loves adventure. 

Large Dog Group

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Female | Cane Corso | 11 Months

I’m a calm, gentle giant who loves everyone and is good with other dogs. I’m housebroken, crate-trained and I’m pretty smart, too! I know sit, shake, AND high five! I love playing with my toys and the other dog in my foster home, then snuggling on the couch with my humans. 


Male | Pit Bull | 5 Years 1 Month

I’m a calm, housebroken, crate-trained, all-around perfect boy. I’m good with kids and other dogs, and I’m very playful and goofy. When I’m happy, I do a little tippy tap dance with my toes and give a big grin. And I’m ALWAYS happy and smiling! I enjoy the pool, and I love my Kong and treats, but my favorite toy is my red blanket that I carry around with me. I’m an absolute joy and will make a great family pup.


Female | Dalmatian | 1 Year 3 Months

I’m a gorgeous Dalmatian with beautiful markings, if I do say so myself. I’m a high energy girl who LOVES tennis balls, though I haven’t quite mastered catching them in the air. I do great on public outings and meeting new humans, both adults and kids. I also love to go on runs, and I keep a great pace! If you’re looking for a fun, energetic, running partner, I’m just what you’re looking for! 


Female | Mastiff Mix | 10 Months

I’m a unique girl who just wants to be loved. Toys and belly rubs are my favorite things in the whole world. I love to stretch out and sunbathe, and my little nubby tail wags with excitement when I’m near my people. Are you the family I’ve been looking for? 


Female | Goldendoodle | 2 Years 1 Month

I’m a happy girl with a great coat of curls. I love my toys, and my favorite thing is butt scratches. I’m so sweet, and just like my Harry Potter namesake, I’m super smart. I’m friendly and happy all the time. If you take me home, I’ll brighten your life for sure! 


Variety Pack

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Male | Dachshund | 3 Years 1 Month

I’m a calm, loving, sweetheart. I’d love nothing more than to lay at your feet and stare up at you adoringly with my big, puppy dog eyes. I love being petted and snuggling up in your lap. I love everyone and I’m good with other dogs, too, though my person is my number one priority in life. If you take me home, I’ll be your loyal lap dog forever.


Male | Lab Mix | 4 Months

I’m a goofy, playful boy who’s sure to keep you laughing. I love belly rubs and toys, and I definitely have the best ears in the whole show! If you play with me, I’ll give you tons of kisses and totally steal your heart. I’m a special boy who’d love to come home with you.


Male | Akita | 5 Months

I’m a fluffy gentleman who is extremely handsome and fun. I’ve been told that my foxy tail is my best feature, but my personality is pretty great, too.  My face will remind you of a bear, and some say it looks like I’m wearing white tube socks. I’m motivated by treats and more than ready to learn some new tricks. I’m quite a catch, so you’d better act fast to scoop me up!  



Puppy Parade


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Male | Great Dane | 4 Months

My name is Astro and I’m the best friend you’ve always wanted. I love every dog and person I meet, especially children. My foster family has been teaching me all of the important life skills like going potty outside, sleeping in my crate, and even riding shotgun in a bicycle sidecar. I walk well on a leash and love going on adventures. I’m learning at an impressive rate and growing just as fast!


Male | Chihuahua Mix| 4 Months

I’m a smart little pup who already knows how to sit. I love chasing after balls and playing with my toys, but my favorite thing to do is chew on ice. I like to toss the ice in the air before I eat it! I’m being crate-trained, and I’m good with kids, cats, and other dogs. I’m a special puppy who would love to complete your family! 


Male | Alaskan Husky | 5 Months

Hi! I’m Cheeto Puff, Cheeto for short, and I’m a fluff nugget with a bright orange tush. No, I’m not dyed, it’s just the natural color of my fur! I’m SUPER friendly and playful, and I walk with a little extra prance in my step. My favorite toy is my red puppy squeaker, and when I’m done playing, I hit nap time HARD. I met everyone at the FOX5 studio, and they ALL fell in love with me! I’m pretty charming, I guess. Don’t miss your chance to take me home with you! 


Male | German Shepherd | 6 Months

I’m Dax, and I have a smile that will melt your heart. My soft and luscious fur is perfect for cuddling. I am a ball of energy and would love a family to go on adventures with. But don’t let my vivacious personality fool you - I can nap for hours! I was afraid of the stairs at first, but I learned quickly how to conquer them and now I have so much confidence! I can’t wait to continue learning new skills.

Hazel Mae

Female | Pit Bull Mix | 15 Weeks

I’m the sweetest little nugget you’ll ever meet. I’m very friendly with people and dogs, which is great because I love to explore. My little freckled paws walk great on a leash, and I even know how to use a doggy door. I would love a family to cuddle with and a home with all of the squeaky toys!


Female | Chihuahua Mix | 3 Months

Hi! I’m Ruby, and I’m going to fly away with my epic ears! Some say I look like Scrappy Doo. I’m just that cute. I’m an intelligent, energetic, and curious girl who loves playing with other dogs. When I get excited, I tap my paws and everyone smiles. I’m still young and growing, so I’m going to get much bigger. I would love a home with space to grow and learn.


Female | Great Pyrenees | 5 Months

Hi! I’m Stevie, named after the rock-and-roll icon Stevie Nicks. I’m a showstopper with my fluffy white fur. I’m affectionate, playful, loyal and energetic. I love everyone, and everyone loves me. I’m great with children, dogs and cats. I’m being fostered on a farm with a gaggle of animals - dogs, horses, and even goats. I love my pack, and I’m a big fan of goats. I have mastered using the doggie door, and I’m learning to sit and shake. I’m still young, and I’m going to get much bigger. I’d love a home with space to run, grow and learn.



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