All animals deserve a sheltered life. The luckiest are the ones who have homes with families–well-fed, well cared for and with space in the light. The not-so-lucky but still fortunate are those saved by animal shelters that protect helpless animals from abuse and abandonment. The shelters in this competition have done just that. The unlucky animals are the ones that have nothing but the streets, the dustbins and the dark. We wish we could round up all of the unlucky ones but we can't. We can round up a few, though. "It would be worth it if you could save only a few." said a friend.

It would be worth it we could save only one.
– Martha Grimes. Best in Shelter

Each shelter will choose two dogs to participate in the contest.
One animal will be featured on each day.

These are the Best in Shelter 2020 participating shelters.
Click on their logo for more details on each.


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  • Best in Shelter 2020 competition winners are in!

    First place: Mischa (prize: $35,000)
    Second place: Donut (prize: $20,000)
    Third place: Mozart (prize: $10,000)

    Participants who don’t win will still receive 2,000 for participating.

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