Who We Are
Founded in Cedar Lake, Indiana and
operating nationally, Echo Dogs White Shepherd Rescue is a 501(c)3
Non-Profit organization comprised of a network of rescue volunteers
throughout the US and Canada. We are dedicated to finding good homes
and matching White Shepherds and White German Shepherds in need with
loving people that will love their dog as part of their family.
Our mission is to place homeless dogs into loving and permanent homes,
to educate the public about the breed, promote responsible pet care,
and to provide ongoing training support and advice to adopters after
our dogs have been placed in their new homes. Echo Dogs White
Shepherd Rescue is a foster home based organization. We do not operate
a shelter. The temperment and behavior of each dog is carefully
evaluated while they are in foster care so that we can match each dog
with a home best suited to meet their particular needs. Dogs are
also taught good house manners, given basic obedience skills, and
socialized while in foster care.
How we started
Mark Echterling had been involved in many things with his white
shepherds, Max and Shadow, including Search and Rescue, Dog Scouts of America (DSA), American White Shepherd Association (AWSA), and was always there with his talented dogs to help raise funds for needy organizations.
In late 1999 Mark founded Echo Dogs White Shepherd Rescue. The
organization began in Cedar Lake, Indiana with about 5 people.
Today EDWSR is nationwide, including Canada, and is growing more every
day. Mark lost his year and a half long battle with lung cancer and
passed away in September, 2004. He will always be remembered for his
hard work with white shepherds. He will be sadly missed.
Take care of our babies who are at Rainbow Bridge Mark, we love you!
- EDWSR Volunteers