BUT WHAT IF I DON'T WANT A PUPPY?
Many older puppies and adult dogs find
themselves homeless through no fault of their own.  There
are many people in WS/WGSD rescue dedicated to finding
permanent and loving homes for these dogs. 

Echo Dogs White Shepherd Rescue (National)
 www.whiteshepherdrescue.org 

Here's some more background about the "rescue" philosophy and how rescue organizations work, written by Denise Tuttle

I have seen some posts recently about rescue dogs & people who were concerned about health issues.  Naturally we can not guarantee hips, health, etc. on these dogs but there are many purebreds with AKC papers that are available through rescue.  Many have OFA certifications in their background.
 
Presently I am fostering a spay female purebred, born 5/31/01 with AKC papers & 5 generation pedigree.  I did get in contact with the breeder, but sad to say, she was not willing to take this dog into her home.  I even suggested to her that she might check to see if she could board this gal at her vet's office or where ever until a home was found, but that was not an option for her.
 
This dog was going to wind up in the dog pound if she was not fostered.  The breeder was fully aware of this but still refused to take a dog of her own breeding in.
 
Meredith Rubar said it perfectly...."If you don't rescue, please don't breed."
 
As most of you are aware, I have been a breeder of WGS for 30 yrs.  One of my commitments of being a breeder is also being involved with rescue.   There are several other breeders that are also involved with rescue, or at least take back dogs of their breeding that need homes.
 
I am sure you will be able to find an excellent dog to add to your family.  We do screen each applicant thoroughly, by taking an application, checking out their references, plus do a vet reference to make sure that they have provided proper veterinary care for their past animals & we also do a home visit.  This might sound "drastic" to some, who could just call (some) breeder & reserve or purchase a pup with no questions asked, but we need to make sure that each & every dog goes to a good home as we want a permanent placement for each dog we foster.
 
Many people think that rescue dogs are a "free to good home" dog.  Each rescue group or person working in rescue either asks for a donation or has a set fee for each dog adopted out.  This is not money in their pocket either, as all rescue dogs need  to be spay/neutered, plus getting Up To Date on shots & making sure they are Heartworm negative.  If we take in a HW positive dog, it could cost well over 300.00 just for the treatment & our out of pocket expenses are normally exceeding the adoption fee we charge for the dog.   If we take in a dog that need minimal expenses, we are lucky & helps us re-coup some of the expenses on a dog that we spent over 600.00 in vet bills to get the dog in good health.
 
In ending...please consider a rescue dog for your next addition to your family.   There are so many wonderful dogs out there that are just waiting for a new home.  You will be saving a dogs life & also will receive many years of love from this dog.
 
Sincerely,
Denise Tuttle
WGS Rescue

 

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