The Concept for a series of books about personal heroes is the brainchild of Barry Spilchuk, a self-help lecturer and author who has been dubbed the Dale Carnegie of Canada. He co-authored a book for the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul® series of inspirational texts which sold an incredible 580,000 copies.

You're My Hero® Books, is an innovative and new inspirational book series in which everyday people write & share stories about their everyday heroes. Co-founded by Barry Spilchuck, Sarah Freeman & Sasha Marusich, You're My Hero® publications celebrate people who inspire, who excite and who educate as a result of their actions. The YMH book series provides a venue for the kinds of stories that almost all of us have, but rarely share beyond our friends and family. Additionally, and just as importantly, YMH books offer a unique and new means of raising funds for causes we hold dear - for our communities, organizations, schools, foundations and charities.

The latest book in the series is truly unique. Produced in partnership with Pinogy Corp, a pet industry service organization, it is devoted to that most selfless of heroes: the dog. Each of the stories selected for publication will be written by owners, family members or by trainers or those directly involved with the events depicted. They are astonishing stories of courage, unconditional love, loyalty, inspiration, sacrifice, sadness and joy.

Your purchase of this book will also help support badly needed animal shelters; $5 of each purchase price will be funneled through the American Kennel Club to directly aid animal shelters throughout the country and help find a shelter dog a loving home.

Some Facts About Shelters and Shelter Dogs

  • There are at least 5000 shelters in the USA.
  • 20% of the animals in shelters are euthanized due to lack of available homes.
  • Approximately 5 million animals are turned over to shelters every year; about 4 million are dogs.
  • Many dogs are never trained and are returned to shelters, due to bad habits and training issues.
  • The average cost of basic food, supplies, medical care and training for a dog or cat is $700 to $875 annually.
  • The public acquires only 14% of its pets from shelters;
    • 48% get their pets as strays, from friends, from animal rescuers,
    • 38% get their pets from breeders or pet stores

Use of Funds

Dogs are placed in shelters and rescues for many reasons. The Shelter Project funds will help thousands of canine shelters and rescues across the United Statees with:

  • Supplies
  • Food
  • Veterinary Care
  • Training
  • Transportation Needs
  • Adoption Events

For every You're My Hero® book that is sold on this website, $5.00 will be contributed to The Shelter Project initiative and as a resulte, will give hope to dogs in need of safe forever homes.