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

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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.

Monday, January 23, 2017



Quick Adoption Overview:

Arrived January 22, 2017 -- currently under behavioural assessment, applications are not currently being considered
DOB May 1, 2016
Kids 12+ as Miley is working on her manners
Under assessment with dogs
Located in Ottawa, ON 

All about Miley:

This cute gal is a new arrival in our program and is currently under behavioural assessment in foster care.  She happens to be a litter mate of Boomer who was surrendered to us in December.  Miley's family were experiencing many of the same training issues that Boomer's family experienced.  Our hope is that with similar strategies as we used to help Boomer, we will also see great improvement with Miley in short time. 

Miley has graduated from obedience class and has a basic foundation for working with.  She is food motivated and eager to please.  At the moment she is still behaving like a mouthy puppy grabbing clothing, arms, etc, and is counter cruising, and generally being a hooligan, just like her brother.  With a NILIF training approach in place we hope to help her learn manners quickly.

Further details will be posted in coming days.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017 Calendars still available!

Happy "Newf" Year!
Have you hung up your Newf Friends calendar? Marleigh is this month's model, such a pretty girl! 

If you don't have your Newf Friends calendar yet, no worries, you can still order one! Not only is this large size calendar filled with gorgeous colour photos of the Newfs who have come through our program, but the best part is, 100 % of the funds from the sale of the calendars come to our rescue to help the Newfs in our foster program. Here's the link to our awesome online store.....happy shopping!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Thanks for your support

Look at all of those beautiful faces--our 2016 happy endings! 

Thanks to the generosity of our donors and supporters we were able to help each of these dogs get the care they needed and find a loving forever family this year. Thanks for your support everyone!

A HUGE THANK YOU also goes out to the amazing veterinarians who are so supportive of our rescue efforts and help us provide top quality care to every dog in our program. This includes the teams at Apsley Veterinary ServicesClarkson Village Animal HospitalSouth Tower Animal HospitalAlmonte Veterinary ServicesKawartha Veterinary Emergency ClinicBurlington Veterinary Emergency and Referral HospitalBridle Trail Veterinary ClinicBlair Animal Hospital and Foster Park Pet Hospital to name a few.

And of course, a very special thank you goes out to our AMAZING team of foster families and volunteers who work tirelessly and always go above and beyond for all of the dogs in our program. It takes a team to run a rescue and we are so lucky to have such a phenomenal group of committed volunteers. Thank you all for your hard work, compassion and dedication.

From all of us at Newf Friends, Happy Newf Year everyone!

Saturday, December 10, 2016



Quick Adoption Overview
Available for adoption
DOB May 1, 2016
Kids 12+, as Boomer is still working on his manners
A home with a playful dog preferred
Not tested with cats
Located in Niagara Falls, ON

All About Boomer

Meet the adorable 8 month old Boomer!  This young man is full of beans the way only an adolescent male Newf can be!  He is also very intelligent, responsive to direction, and a quick learner -- a diamond in the rough.

Boomer was surrendered when his owners felt that his training needs were beyond what they could manage.  He was playing roughly with their other pets, jumping up, counter surfing, barking, and generally being a total hooligan.  Oh Boomer!  It was pretty clear that Boomer needed some training, structure, socialization and manners, and that is exactly what he's been getting from his awesome foster parents. He's doing great!  Much better.  Way to go Booms!

Boomer is thriving in a calm environment where his exercise, socialization and training needs are being met.   Once Boomer has had a bit of playtime outside, he is quiet and well behaved indoors.  He loves he relax near to his humans, or play around with his toys.  He also loves playing with his foster brother, another playful young Newf.  He's fitting into his foster home very well.

Boomer enjoys a nice game of fetch, loves working on obedience, and is eager to please. Atta boy Boomer!   He loves the water, so swimming opportunities would suit him very well.

Boomer walks well on a leash and is bright and quick to learn. He responds well to positive training techniques.  Working one-on-one with a handler, Boomer is focused and follows direction well. 
He is full of love and kisses for his owners, and very polite and friendly meeting new people too.

Boomer is reliably house trained, as well as crate trained.

When meeting new dogs, or encountering dogs while out for a walk, Boomer needs to be reminded of his manners.  He tends to bark and get worked up. Once he is familiar with a dog he is playful and wants to romp and play.  His play style is rough and tumble, so Boomer would not be a great fit with senior dogs, or dogs that have no interest in playing.

Boomer would benefit greatly from joining a home with another well mannered dog. This dog would need to be playful and tolerant of a boisterous puppy, but calm and non-reactive to help Boomer with his social skills..

His foster family have him enrolled in classes to work on his doggie social skills and manners.  He's doing very well!  An adoptive family that is willing to continue taking him to training classes will be the best fit for Boomer.  He is not suited to a first time dog owner.

Do you have enough toys yet, Boomer?  :)
Due to his training needs, and puppy energy, he is not suited to a home with young children, or frail individuals who may be injured by a boisterous pup.

Applications are now being accepted for Boomer.

Boomer is being fostered in Niagara Falls ON; his approved adopters will be required to pick him up in person.  An adoption donation will apply.


A big thanks to Jodie Etmanski Photography for Boomer's photos! 

Sunday, December 4, 2016



Quick Adoption Overview
Arrived in our care on Dec 4/16
On medical hold until mid-late February recovering from bilateral shoulder surgery
DOB May 9, 2016
Fostered in Toronto

All about Shadow

Shadow is a friendly, well mannered boy who gets along with everyone he meets. He is a typical playful pup who likes to go for walks, play with other four footed pals, romp around and explore, and chase the occasional squirrel.

Well mannered in the house, Shadow knows his basic commands, and is an all around sweet pup.

He came to us when his loving owners were not able to meet his medical needs. Shadow suffered from osteochondritis dissecans in both of his shoulders.  We had arthroscopic surgery performed by a board certified orthopedic surgeon on January 6th and the procedure went very well.  Shadow has a few weeks of rehabilitation ahead of him, but is expected to make a full recovery and lead a long, happy pain free life.   Hooray!

Updates to follow!

Friday, November 25, 2016



Quick Adoption Overview
On medical hold until mid-February- recovering from bilateral TPLO surgery - applications are now being accepted
3 years old -- DOB Feb 10, 2014
Newf mix
Spayed, UTD Vaccines
Mollie is a fabulous dog!

Donations towards Mollie's care are greatly appreciated.  Click here for information on how to donate.

All about Mollie

Mollie is a wonderful girl with loads of love to give.  This sweet Newf mix is super friendly, adores spending time with people, loves belly rubs, chin tickles and hugs.  It is so apparent that she has known only kindness in her life. She's a charming, affectionate girl who is eager to please and just wants to be adored.

An old soul, Molly has a calm, gentle way about her.  She has excellent house manners, she is quiet and polite.  Typical of Newfs, she is a total velcro dog who follows her foster mom around and wants to lay right in the middle of everything that is happening. So cute!

She has joined a foster home with several other dogs and is well mannered with everyone -- polite and respectful. She'd be happy to join a family with another dog, or would be equally happy to be the only dog in the house.

When she arrived in foster care she was non-reactive to goats, chickens and cats, but as she started to drop her excess weight and feel better she began to show signs of prey drive.  She'd be best in a cat-free home.

Sitting in a sunbeam soaking up the warmth.  Mollie also loves napping by the fire. 
This loving and affectionate Newf mix arrived in our care on Nov 23/16 suffering from serious issues with her knees. She is a well loved gal who has known only kindness in her life, but faced with the reality of expensive surgeries and long, difficult rehabilitation, her loving owners saw no options to save her. They made the heartbreaking decision to euthanize Mollie.  A few hours before the scheduled appointment we were contacted to see if we would be willing to bring her into our program--how could we say no?

Mollie is a Newf mix -- her Dad apparently was a registered newf, mom a newf/shepherd mix.  She is about the size of a typical female Newf, although with lighter bone structure.  Her coat is thick, but not as long as a Newf's; somewhat similar to a short coated St. Bernard's coat.  She is deep chested like a Newf, and has gentle soft eyes.

On arrival Mollie was quite overweight. Her thyroid function is normal, so her weight issues appear to be diet/exercise related.  As mentioned, this gal was very well loved, and maybe she was on the receiving end of a few too many cookies..... With a healthy diet the pounds have melted off. 

The ligaments in Mollie's knees were both totally ruptured  leaving her with no stability or support in her knees and experiencing significant pain.  On December 15 she underwent bilateral TPLO surgery performed by an orthopaedic surgeon.  She is currently recovering in foster care and doing very well.  

We expect Mollie will make a full recovery and will have excellent mobility once her rehabilitation is complete. She has many months of rehab ahead of her, with the first 3 months post-op being the most intensive.  Mollie will be ready for follow-up x-rays in the middle of February, and if all is going well she could join an adoptive family at that time, provided that the family has the set-up, time and willingness to continue on with Mollie's rehabilitation which will be ongoing into the summer.

This young gal has a long, happy life ahead of her.  With your support she will be able to live her life to the fullest, pain-free and healthy. Please consider making a donation towards her care.

This lovely gal is being fostered in the Bancroft area.

Sunday, November 20, 2016




Quick Adoption Overview
DOB January 24, 2012
Spayed, UTD on vaccines
Good with children
Would be happiest as the only dog
Nov 1 update:  Routine bloodwork revealed that River is positive for Lyme disease.  We have begun treatment.  She is available for foster-to-adopt placement, meaning that she could join an adoptive home but we would not finalize her adoption until her treatment was completed.  Newf Friends will cover all costs associated with the treatment for Lyme disease.
Located in Toronto

River is a social butterfly who loves people and adores being the centre of attention.  She is a happy, goofy girl who loves belly rubs, hugs and kisses, being groomed and getting loads of love.

A playful girl, she loves to go for long walks and is crazy about swimming! Maybe a future water rescue dog??

She has nice house manners, knows some basic commands, and her leash manners are good.  

River was used for breeding for the first few years of her life, having multiple litters over a short time period.  She was then sold to a family in January of 2016 and lived with them until the decision was made to turn her over to us.   

This choice was made after an incident with the other dog in her home -- the two dogs were unsupervised while eating and a fight occurred.  It is not known who the instigator was or what happened.  Since the incident the tension between the dogs has been obvious and her owners felt that management of the issue was not realistic in their busy household.

River is living with another Newf in her foster home.  She seems to struggle with sharing attention/affection and would likely be happiest as the only dog in her home.  She is fine going out for walks and meeting dogs while on leash, etc. she just likes to be the centre of attention in her home.

Routine bloodwork revealed that River is positive for Lyme disease.  We have begun treatment.  She is available for foster-to-adopt placement, meaning that she could join an adoptive home but we would not finalize her adoption until her treatment was completed.  Newf Friends will cover all costs associated with the treatment for Lyme disease. Other than that, she appears to be in overall good health except for a mild ear infection which we are treating.

She is located in Toronto; her approved adopters will be required to pick her up in person.

An adoption donation of $500 applies



ADOPTED December 28, 2016

Quick Adoption Overview
3.5 yrs old - DOB March 27, 2013
Neutered, UTD on vaccines
Suited to an adult only home
Could join a home with a well mannered canine pal
Will chase cats
Located in Toronto

Handsome boy Sulley is a friendly, people focused boy who has lots of love to give. 

Sulley is sharing his foster home with several other dogs and seems happy to be with a group of well mannered canine pals.  He could join a family with another well socialized dog.

Sulley (on the left) with his foster pals

Having lived in a rural area as an outdoor dog, Sulley is in need of some training and socialization.  He is very motivated to be with people and is happy to now be living indoors as part of a family.  This sweet boy will benefit greatly from joining an adoptive family where his owners have the time to work on obedience, give him structure and direction to help him blossom into a well mannered boy.  He is responsive and wants to please, has loads of potential, he just needs some direction and a kind hand to guide him.

He's a goofy, playful boy who is fun loving and loves to romp around and play.  So cute!

Sulley is very fortunate to be in a wonderful foster home where he is able to benefit from the support of an experienced handler to help build his confidence, expose him to new things, and work to resolve some of the habits he has picked up.  A combination of obedience classes, a structured home environment emphasizing the Nothing in Life is Free training approach, and lots of opportunities to be set up for success will go a long way towards helping Sulley thrive.  

His ideal adopters will be a family that continues on with the work that has been started with him.  Given his training needs he is best suited to an adult only home.

He is 3.5 years old, neutered and current on vaccines.  We are treating him for an ear infection. Sulley has a weak back end and is in need of putting on muscle.  We have done xrays and had him assessed by an ortho vet and he appears to perhaps have an old injury to his knee, but is not in need of surgery.  He has some arthritis in his knees, his hips look pretty good.  Moving forward, Sulley will be taking pain medication short term while we work on building up his back end.  It is expected that the pain meds will be discontinued once he is a bit stronger.  Sulley will benefit from being on joint supplements for the rest of his life.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016



October 15/16: I was adopted!

Quick Adoption Overview

2 years old - DOB January 18, 2014
Good with dogs
Good with cats, will pester them a bit though
Good with children
Located in Bancroft, ON

All about Sophie

This sweet and gentle 2 year Newf is going to make one lucky family very happy!  Sophie is an affectionate girl who loves to cuddle and be close to her foster family.  She is cute as can be and her eyes will melt your heart.  She loves being with people and bonds quickly; a typical velcro-Newf.

Sophie is a quiet girl who has nice house manners.  She knows a few basic commands and is bright and eager to please so is learning new things very quickly.  She follows direction well and responds beautifully to positive training approaches.  Her leash manners need a bit of work but she has already made tremendous improvement in the few days she has been in foster care.

Her surrendering family told us that like many young Newfs she would get herself into trouble (opening cupboards, etc) if left home unsupervised so she was crated when home alone.  Apparently she would spend 10 hours daily in her crate -- poor girl!  She has been tested loose in the house unsupervised at her foster home for short periods and other than a bit of crying, pacing and looking out the window she has been fine.  

She is very motivated to be with people and does not like to let her foster parents out of her sight.  She will be happiest in a home where she is not left long hours alone.

Sophie will benefit greatly from going to obedience classes and joining a family who have the time to work with her to boost her confidence and help her be a little more independent.

She is a gentle girl who gets along with well mannered dogs.  She is currently living with 4 other dogs in her foster home and doing well.  She was anxious when meeting them the night she arrived which is very normal, and given some space she settled quickly.  By the next morning she had warmed up to everyone and is now happily romping and playing with them, sharing dog beds and snuggling with them.  She would be happy to join a family with another  friendly and gentle dog, and will benefit greatly from opportunities to get out and meet new dogs to improve her confidence.  

Dog parks or places where strange dogs may rush her or be in her face will not be a good fit for Sophie. She will be overwhelmed in that environment.

She shows little interest in cats other than following them around a bit and sniffing them, so could join a home with a dog savvy cat.

Sophie appears to be in very good health.  She is nice and lean,  and has light bone structure weighing about 110 lbs.  She is an active girl who enjoys romping and playing.

Sophie loves long romps in the woods.  
Sophie has been vaccinated and was spayed on October 6.  She has some minor hair loss and skin irritation on her inner legs which is clearing well.  We believe food sensitivities are the culprit. She will be ready to join an adoptive family by mid-October, once she heals from her spay surgery.

Sophie is located in Bancroft, ON; her approved adopters will be required to pick her up in person.  An adoption donation of $500 will apply.

Fenced yard required.

Sophie likes to swim -- here she is running to see her foster mom after an unauthorized dip in the pond!  Sneaky girl!