Get ready to have the cute center of your brain overloaded. The Animal Foundation’s Best in Show event is celebrating a decade of successful adoptions, but with more than 45,000 animals passing through Lied Animal Shelter every year, the need is always great to find these outstanding pups forever homes.
In the theatrical style of the American Kennel Club, Best in Show will present more than 50 charismatic dogtestants on Sunday, April 28 at the Orleans Arena, though the Animal Foundation is warming up to the big show with adoption specials, shelter tours, a vendor fair and raffles on Saturday, April 27.
- Best in Show
- April 28, 1 p.m. (doors at noon), $12 adults; $5 kids.
- Orleans Arena, 284-7777 or online.
Only one canine contestant can be “Best in Show,” but the hope is that all of them will win an even more coveted prize—loving homes with local families. The dogs will be up for adoption immediately following their performance, with judging based on audience support. Applauding is nice, but adopting is so much better. Even if you don’t leave the show with a new friend, 100 percent of the cost of your ticket will go toward supporting the Animal Foundation’s desperately needed services for lost, abandoned and unwanted pets. Last year’s event raised about $220,000, and the funds covered everything from food and shelter to humane education and spay/neuter clinics.
Just one heart-melting story coming out of this year’s Best in Show is Chance, a Shih Tzu mix who suffered from a birth defect that hindered both back legs, making it even harder for him to manage a crippled front leg. Thanks to Veterinary surgeon David Mason of the Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center, who donated his services, Chance’s back legs are repaired, and he’s on track to live a full, healthy life.
“As a special needs dog, we realized that Chance’s best opportunity for adoption into a loving home would be during Best in Show,” Mason said in a press release. “We are happy to contribute to this year’s event by not only giving this special dog another chance at a normal life, but also by alleviating the financial burden of the necessary surgery and making him a better candidate for adoption.”
Local celebrities will also show their love (yeah, Holly Madison!) at the event, hosted by singer, songwriter and entertainer Clint Holmes and spiced up with performances by the cast of Tony-winning musical Million Dollar Quartet. And before the main event, the Orleans Arena will host a vendor fair from noon to 4 p.m., showcasing unique pet-friendly businesses from luxury pet apparel boutiques to expert animal trainers.
Go. We’ll give you a cookie.