About Newf Friends

Newf Friends Newfoundland Dog Rescue is a volunteer run, foster home based rescue group for Newfoundland Dogs in need in Ontario, Canada.
We place Newfs into carefully screened homes in Ontario and surrounding provinces and states.

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Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for general information about our program and our adoption policies and procedures.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

About Newf Friends

Follow us on Facebook for daily updates and to hear about all of the happenings at Newf Friends Newfoundland Dog Rescue www.facebook.com/NewfFriends/

Surrendering your Newf:
If you're thinking about rehoming your Newf you can reach us by email at newf.friends@gmail.com


If you're interested in adopting a Newf visit our AVAILABLE DOGS page for a list of the Newfs who are currently available.  Our adoption application can be found on the Contact Us and Forms page. Be sure to review our a FAQ page to learn more about our adoption procedures and policies.

If you are looking for a puppy please read our IDENTIFYING BACK-YARD-BREEDERS page, and be sure to visit our BREEDER REFERRAL page to see a list of reputable NDCC breeders who have upcoming litters.

Volunteering and Fostering:
Interested in joining our team of volunteers? Click here for more information.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Advance Online Bidding - Open until March 31

Spring Fundraiser Silent Auction Advance online bidding
Can't make it to our Spring Fundraiser on April 1st? No worries, you can still join in on some of the fun.  We are now accepting advance bids for some of the silent auction items that will be available at our event!  There will be a lot of other items at the event, so if you are able to attend, please do!

How does advance bidding work?

You email your highest bid (in Canadian Funds) to us at newf.friends@gmail.com by 4 pm EST Friday, March 31, 2017 and our agent will bid on your behalf, in $5 increments.   (Full details listed below, under "The Legal Stuff".)

Here are the items available for advance bidding - bid generously, all proceeds come to Newf Friends rescue!  (Note, items marked with an opening bid have multiple bids on them already, and the current bid showing is $5 above the second highest  as we are bidding on behalf of the person who has placed the highest bid.)

LOT 1. $500 Gift Certificate from Mann McCracken Bebee and Associates
Up to 500 dollars in legal fees for Wills and Power of Attorney. 
Graciously donated by J Douglas Mann of Mann McCracken Bebee and Associates. 
114 Walton St Port Hope.
LOT 2.   Two New York Vs Jays Tickets
Sunday June 4/17 at 1:07
Rogers Centre, Toronto, ON

Section Field Infield 120L row 25
Paws up to Marina and River Fitzpatrick for donating these amazing seats. Retail value $160
LOT 3 Golf bag
Make Hot Z
Retails for 69.99
Thank you to Liz  Sullivan

LOT 4 Suitcase
An extremely durable suitcase with a polycarbonate frame
Size is 28x18x10
Make andiamo
Has a terrific pull out handle
Many thank to Liz Sullivan, a neighbour of two Newf Friends' rescue dogs
LOT 5.   Genuine Black Leather Coach purse
Soft black leather with charcoal and black material straps
Size 11 x 12
Thanks to an anonymous friend of the Newfs
LOT 6.  Lifelike Robotic Jellyfish
Illuminates while swimming with use of built in rechargeable batteries 
Moves in 5 different directions and includes a "tank". 
Retail Value $69.99  ages 3 and up 
Thoughtfully donated by Brown and Brown Chiropractic in Newcastle! 
LOT 7. Discovery Kids Adventure Play Tent with Tunnel
Dome Tent 40x40x37 
Tunnel tube 18x72. Ages 4 and Up
Retail value 49.99. 
Thanks to Brown and Brown Chiropractic in Newcastle.
LOT 8.   Dream House Toy Set
Ages 3 and up. 
35 pieces of furniture 
Dream car, 2 dolls and a pet 
6 rooms 
Set up size is 21x10x13" inches 
The rooms light up!
Lot 9 Hand-painted Easter Glass Ball  
‎Adorable Newf with bunny ears ornament
Size 3.25 inches wide. 
Many thanks to the artistic talents of Nicole Munch.
LOT 10. Hand-painted Sign
Spring Newf  Wooden sign. 
6.5 by 4.5 inches 
Hand painted by Nicole Munch. 
Lot 11 Hand-Painted Newf Ornament
Stunning Newf Glass Ornament. 
3.5 inches in size 
Hand-painted by Nicole Munch.
LOT 12   8 gorgeous Hydrangea napkin rings and
 12 100 % cotton napkins 
Great for the Easter table....
Retail value $65.00
Donated by Sandy Lovisek.
LOT 13 Dog Bed
28 " comfy donut style doggie bed donated by Landseer Maggie Lovisek, an alumni of Newf friend's (Maggie's favourite kind of bed)
LOT 14 - Safe and Sound Digital Audio Monitor
Features talk back, vibrating sound alert, 6.0 1000 foot range, night light
Retails for 39.99
Kind regards from a Newfoundland friend
Lot 15 Newf Metal Ornament
One of a kind piece created by Nicole Munch
Lot 16. Love your Newf Wooden Plaque
Created exclusively for Newf Friends by Nicole Munch.
Lot 17 - Wine Glass
A true work of art!
A wine glass featuring a black and Landseer Newf
Lovingly created by Nicole Munch
Lot 18. Ice Age 2 mounted poster art
2'x3' in size
Retail 39.99
Lot 19. Ice Age 3 mounted poster art
27"×4' in size
Retail 47.99
LOT 20 Blue Jays Jersey
Josh Donaldson jersey
Size Large
LOT 21 Unframed Print
25 X 18 this gorgeous print is the perfect addition to any Newf lovers collection
Kindly donated by Jalynn Kennels.
LOT 22 Fit bit flex.
Wireless wristband. Tracks activity + sleep.
Syncs with. Iphone. Ipad. Windows.
Includes Tracker. Wireless usb charger cable 2 wristbands large and small
Donated by Jalynn Kennels

The Legal Stuff

Silent Auction  Bids will be accepted by email to newf.friends@gmail.com   4 pm EST Friday, March 31, 2017.   Please state clearly the lot number, description and your HIGHEST bid....no BUY IT bids will be accepted. Please include your name, full mailing address and phone number.

The silent auction will take place on April 1, 2017 at our Spring Fundraiser in Pickering.

An agent will bid on the floor for the e-mail  bidders in the following manner.

a) only the top two bidders on each lot will be considered
b) the silent auction bidding will start at $5 over the second highest e-mail bid and that bid will be for the highest e-mail bidder on that lot.
c) the agent will continue to bid if necessary until the e-mail bidder is successful or their highest bid is passed by a floor bid...
d) A floor bid that matches the e-mail bidder will go to the e-mail bidder unless the floor bidder advances by one more bid
e) Only the agent will know the amount of the e-mail bids
f) If there are no e-mail bids then the bidding on that lot will begin at the minimum bid as noted in the listings.
f) All bids are in increments of $5

Terms of Sale

1. All bids are per lot as described. The right is reserved to withdraw any lot prior to the sale.The auctioneer shall regulate the bidding on the floor. The auctioneer has the right to reject any bid. In the event of any dispute his decision shall be final.

2. The highest bidder shall prevail at one advance of $5 over the next highest bidder. Tie bids shall go to the e-mail bidder unless advanced as above. There will be no buyer's premium added to the selling price.

3. Successful FLOOR BIDDERS must pick up their lots or arrange for delivery immediately after the sale. E-mail bidders will receive notification if successful. Lots shall not be sent/given to the buyer until payment has been received.

4. Shipping and handling are charged to the BUYER. Lots will be shipped by Xpresspost in Canada or Xpresspost USA to the USA.

5. Claims for errors in description must be made within 7 days after receipt. Any returns are at the buyer's expense.

6. All lots must be paid for by cash, certified cheque or bank draft in Canadian funds or via email transfer.

7. The agent bidding for an e-mail bidder WILL NOT go over their highest bid and will try to obtain the lot for less if possible.

8. The placement of a bid shall constitute acceptance of these terms of sale.

Friday, March 10, 2017



Update:  I have a meet and greet scheduled with a potential adopter! Wish me luck!

 Quick Adoption Overview
Loving, affectionate and sweet as can be
9 years young
Good with kids
Fine with cats
Fine with mellow dogs
Located in Waterdown, ON

All About Splash
What a doll!
This affectionate and friendly girl is sweet as can be, absolutely LOVES hugs and belly rubs, and hanging out with people.  She is well mannered and quiet in the house,  knows basic commands and is a total love bug. Such a good girl.  She will make a great companion for someone searching for a mellow, easy going pal.

Splash has known much love in her life, and came to us when he owner's life circumstances changed and they were not able to meet her needs. They made the heartbreaking decision to turn her over to us to find her a wonderful, loving family for her golden years.
She has spent time with people of all ages and would be fine joining a family where children would be part of her life.  Gentle and friendly, she loves to soak up all the attention she can get!

Splash is a silly, spirited, confident girl who loves to have fun.  She can be a little pushy for attention and bops people on the butt with her toys to get them to play!  What a character!!!


This sweet gal is appropriate around cats so could easily join a home with a feline companion.  She is sharing her foster home with 2 well mannered dogs and is very happy to hang out and enjoy their company.  She could join a home with another well socialized, mellow dog.

Splash is not interested in spending time with dogs who bark, who may growl at her, or who are hooligans and running around trying to get her to play.  She likes to keep things mellow!

Health-wise, Splash is in decent shape.  She could drop a couple pounds but otherwise has nice body condition.

Her bloodwork shows that she tests positive for lyme disease, but the levels are low indicating an old infection.  She has no symptoms and the vet does not feel that she needs treatment.  The rest of her bloodwork is good.

She has a few lumps and bumps which we have checked out and all is well.

Typical of older female newfs, she will need some assistance keeping her girl parts nice and clean, with the hair trimmed up and tidy.

Mobility wise she gets around well.  She can go up and down stairs, although is a little hesitant going down a lot of stairs at once.  She enjoys going for walks and is happy to go out for an hour mosey around the neighbourhood.

Splash is located in Waterdown, ON.  Her approved adopters will need to pick her up in person. 
A securely fenced yard is required.
Because Splash is a senior, we are waiving our usual adoption donation, and ask instead for a donation of her adopter's choice.

To be considered for adopting a dog through Newf Friends please submit a completed application, which can be found on the CONTACT US/FORMS page. Before completing an application or emailing us with questions, please review our FAQ page.  As outlined on our FAQ page, applicants who do not meet our adoption requirements (ie. no fenced play area, living in an apartment building, having young children, etc.) will not be considered -- please do not email us asking us to make an exception.

Sunday, February 26, 2017



Quick Adoption Overview
Available for Adoption
DOB February 2, 2013 - 4 years old
Good with well mannered dogs (see more below)
Not tested with cats
Kids 12+
Located in Thornhill, ON
Fenced yard Required
Before applying to adopt a dog or emailing us with questions, please read the dog's entire bio and review our FAQ page.  Emails asking questions that are answered on that page will not be responded to.

All about Tanner
This handsome boy is full of love and looking for a great family to call his own.  He is a quiet, well-mannered boy who has very nice house manners, follows direction well and is a sweet fella' who is eager to please.

He knows his basic commands and is a happy, easy-going boy.  His leash manners are coming along nicely with a positive training approach..  He's an intelligent boy who is quick to learn, motivated to please, and would be a great candidate for obedience work, working dog activities like water rescue, draft work and more.

So far in foster care Tanner has been living with a very mellow, respectful male and Tanner has been friendly and appropriate with him. He is polite, curious, follows his new friend around and takes cues from him well. 

He has done well meeting other dog out on walks, although does get a bit excited -- he is eager to play!  Tanner should be fine living with another dog who is well mannered and non-reactive, and who might like to play nicely with him.

Tanner was surrendered to us because he and one other dog (a Saint Bernard who was also a young, intact male) in his household were not getting along.  Having said that, he was great friends with one of the other intact males there (a Leonberger), they would romp and play happily together.  Since his family were unable to resolve the issue between Tanner and the Saint Bernard, they made the decision to rehome Tanner. In foster care Tanner has shown no signs of aggression at all.


He has not been cat tested, but has shown a keen interest in squirrels! Silly boy.
He could potentially join a home with a dog savvy cat who has access to a dog free area in the house, and owners who are willing to put some work into his manners around the cat.

Tanner has not been exposed to young children.  He is a happy, goofy boy and does get excited when people come to visit, so a home without young kids is best.  He is improving in his manners greeting people in foster care, but still has some work to do.

Tanner is healthy and up to date on vaccines.  His blood work was good.  He was neutered on March 9th, and is recovering well.  He is ready to join an adoptive home now.

He is being fostered in Thornhill, ON.  His approved adopters will be required to pick him up in person.  An adoption donation of $500 will apply.

To be considered for adopting a dog through Newf Friends please submit a completed application, which can be found on the CONTACT US/FORMS page. Before completing an application or emailing us with questions, please review our FAQ page.  As outlined on our FAQ page, applicants who do not meet our adoption requirements (ie. no fenced play area, living in an apartment building, having young children, etc.) will not be considered -- please do not email us asking us to make an exception.

Tanner and his new pal

Sunday, February 5, 2017



Brief Adoption Overview:
Available for adoption in early April, once fully healed from eye surgery
DOB: December 13, 2016
Purebred, unpapered Saint Bernard
Good with other dogs and cats - looking for a home with another dog
Suited to a home with children over 8 yrs of age
Fostered in Bancroft, ON
Before applying to adopt a dog or emailing us with questions, please read the dog's entire bio and review our FAQ page.  Emails asking questions that are answered on that page will not be responded to.

All About Odin:

This adorable ball of fluff was surrendered to us on February 4 so he could be treated for issues with his eye.  His initial exam confirmed that the eye is non-functional and does need to be removed. Given that the eye was not painful and was stable at that time, in consultation with a specialist we decided to postpone surgery until Odin is a little bit older.  At only 8 weeks of age, it did not make sense to do non-urgent surgery immediately.

UPDATE:  On March 2 he had his follow-up exam -- his eye pressure remains stable, the eye is slightly more inflamed.  We will have his eye removed on March 22.

Update:  Odin underwent surgery to remove his eye on March 22.  The surgery went well and he is recovering in foster care.  We expect him to be ready for placement in early April.

Update: March 27, lab reports came back showing that the gluacoma was caused by anterior segment dysgenesis. 

Applications are now being accepted for Odin.
Odin, March 23 recovering after surgery

Odin is a very confident pup who is full of beans and loves to explore and get himself into all sorts of trouble.  He is proving himself to be very bright and quick to learn and is a typical mischievous, cheeky puppy.  He's a little trouble maker with a big attitude!

A family that has the time to properly train and socialize a young pup will be the best fit for Odin.  His big personality and accompanying big size will require that he be given proper training and socialization as a pup to ensure that he matures into a well-mannered adult.

Given his very strong personality, he will be best suited to a giant-breed savvy family who is familiar with the training needs of Saint Bernards.  First-time dog owners or families who are not familiar with giant working breeds are not a match for him.   He would be a great fit for someone who is looking for a dog to work in obedience, draft work (once old enough), and other activities to harness his energy and focus him on positive activities.

Odin is a very mouthy pup and since he was removed from his litter at 7.5 weeks of age, it is essential that he have a lot of exposure to other dogs to help him learn bite inhibition.  He has joined a foster home with 6 other dogs and is getting exposure to canine companions of all ages and sizes, as well as farm animals.  Over the last few weeks, he has been making great progress but still has much to learn.

Continued exposure to a variety of properly socialized dogs will be very important for Odin. 

He is playful and enjoys being in the company of other dogs.  He will romp and play for hours, wrestling and playing tug with toys.  Preference will be given to a home with another well-mannered dog for Odin to have as a buddy and play partner.  He is a rough and tumble boy, so a dog who is equally playful and is of the appropriate age and size to play with Odin is the right fit for him.  Small, fragile or senior dogs are not a good pairing with this young, strong, boy.

Homes without another four footed pal for Odin will not be considered.  Having the company of a well socialized dog, and a playmate, are important for Odin's development.

He is learning to interact nicely with cats, and could join a home with a dog savvy feline who doesn't mind puppy breath.

Does it get any cuter?  One of Odin's foster brothers was enjoying a nap in the snow and Odin decided to curl up with him for a snuggle.  So cute!  He loves to cuddle with the other dogs at his foster home (and also chase their tails, nibble their faces, and generally pester them!)

We are socializing Odin with children to ensure that he is well mannered and respectful around kids.   Given his lack of vision on his right side, he will be best suited to a home with children over the age of 8 to avoid being startled by a young child approaching his blind side without warning.

Odin is being fostered in the Bancroft, ON area; his approved adopters will be required to pick him up in person.

US adopters will not be considered due to vaccination requirements to cross the border. Odin is too young to receive the rabies vaccine, so can not cross the border.  We do not administer this vaccine until pups are 6 months of age.

A securely fenced yard is required.  We do not place young pups into homes where they will be left home alone for more than 4 hours per day.


An adoption donation of $550 will apply, plus a refundable $250 neuter-security deposit which will be reimbursed once he is neutered at the appropriate age (24 months of age for a giant breed male) as per our spay/neuter contract.

To be considered for adopting a dog through Newf Friends please submit a completed application, which can be found on the CONTACT US/FORMS page. Before completing an application or emailing us with questions, please review our FAQ page.  As outlined on our FAQ page, applicants who do not meet our adoption requirements (ie. no fenced play area, living in an apartment building, having young children, etc.) will not be considered -- please do not email us asking us to make an exception.