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Who We Are

Founded in Cedar Lake, Indiana, Echo Dogs White Shepherd Rescue (EDWSR) is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization comprised of a network of rescue volunteers primarily east of the Mississippi. 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 temperament 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. House manners are worked on in the foster home and the dogs are socialized as much as possible 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 has expanded to be an interstate network of foster homes and transport volunteers. 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.

Take care of our babies who are at Rainbow Bridge Mark, we love you!


EDWSR Volunteers

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