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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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

Volunteering and Fostering:

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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.

Monday, August 29, 2016



Quick Adoption Overview
6 years old
Currently under assessment
All About Chuck

This sweet 6 year old Newf is a new arrival in our program and is currently under assessment in foster care.  He came to us through no fault of his own when changes in his owner's situation meant that Chuck's needs could not be met.

Further details will be posted as we get to know him.


Friday, August 12, 2016



Quick Adoption Overview
6 year old male Newf mix
UPDATE: Aug 28--Maverick's routine bloodwork came back showing that he is lyme positive.  He is now starting a 6 week treatment.  His kidney values are also elevated so we are investigating the cause of this.  Updates will follow.
Good with dogs
Good with cats
Good with children
Located in Toronto

Meet Maverick!  This fun-loving boy is a 6 year old, neutered male.  He is approximately 80 lbs.  His surrendering owners were told he was a Newf/Border Collie mix, although he could be Newf/retriever or who knows what!  One thing for sure, he's cute!
Maverick was surrendered when changes in his family's life made it impossible to meet his needs. 

Maverick always has a smile on his face!

Maverick is used to being a well-loved dog, and has nice house manners and nice training.  He is house trained, non-destructive, and a really good boy!

He is living in a foster home with a male Newf, and although they get along just fine, Maverick has been most interested in playing with his humans. He would be perfectly happy as an only dog, or with a canine pal (male or female).  He is also reported to be just fine with cats and small breed dogs.

He has lived with children in the past and was a good boy.  

Wanna play??

Maverick is an energetic boy who LOVES his walks.  His foster family is working of teaching him loose leash walking skills, and is also working on his recall.  He absolutely loves to play with his people! His favourite games are fetch & tug.  Look at him go!

After a nice game of fetch, Maverick is ready to curl up for a cuddle and a belly rub.  He also really enjoys being brushed!

He is fine when left home alone, but sooo excited to see you when you return! You can't help but feel loved coming home to his big tail wags and lots of "talking" as he happily spins in circles! Arroooo!

Aug 28--Maverick's routine bloodwork came back showing that he is lyme positive.  He is now starting a 6 week treatment.  His kidney values are also elevated so we are investigating the cause of this.  Updates will follow.

Maverick is located in the GTA.  His approved adopters will be required to pick him up in person.  An adoption donation will apply.

Saturday, July 23, 2016



Adoption Overview
Available for Adoption
1 yr old
OK with well mannered dogs
Will chase cats
Located in Fergus ON

All About Thunder
Thunder arrived in our care on July 23/16 and has shown himself to be an affectionate boy who is friendly, playful and full of puppy silliness.  Thunder has loads of potential and is looking for some training, attention and love.

We don't know too much about his history, he has been bounced around a bit in his short life and will benefit greatly from routine, structure and someone who has the time to teach him all of the things he should have learned when he was a pup.

Super cute video below!

A typical young hooligan who has not received much training, Thunder is full of beans and in need of learning leash manners, basic commands, and house manners (like keeping his feet off the counter!)  He will come around quickly with some basic work.

Given his training needs, he is not suited to a home with young children.

He has been tested with dogs and has been playful with them although can become overstimulated and pushy and does not always know how to interpret some play behaviours.  He could join a home with a well mannered playmate who will be tolerant of his puppy playfulness and his lack of manners.  He is in need of learning doggie social skills so further exposure to well mannered dogs in a controlled setting will benefit him greatly.  At this time he is not a dog who is ready to go to a dog park or be integrated into a large pack.

He has now been brought utd on vaccines and neutered.  He weighs 130 lbs and is in need of dropping some weight.  He is a black newf although his coat is dull and looks almost brown at the moment -- we hope that with a healthy diet, exercise and grooming his coat condition will improve greatly.

Thunder is being fostered in the Fergus, ON area.  His approved adopters will be required to pick him up in person.  An adoption donation of $500 applies.

Saturday, July 16, 2016



Quick Adoption Overview
On medical hold, however a foster to adopt placement will be considered with a family who lives near one of our supportive vet clinics.  See details below.
2.5 years old - DOB Dec 10, 2013
Health Needs:  has environmental allergies
Is allergic to cats (and goats) so is not suited to a home where there is a cat
Gets along with well mannered dogs
Located in Mississauga, ON

All about Murphy
Murphy is a sweet and sensitive boy who loves attention and is a typical velcro Newf who wants nothing more than to be by his owner's side.

This gentle boy came to us after his family had changes in their life making it difficult to meet Murphy's health needs.  He has received nothing but excellent care from them throughout his life, and has been very loved and adored.

Health wise, he suffers from environmental allergies from a variety of things including certain grasses, trees and even cats.We are working with a team of traditional and holistic practitioners to come up with a supportive strategy to get him on the road to good health.

He is hypothyroid and has now begun medication (under $25/month) which should go a long way towards helping his skin issues.  We are beginning the process of weaning him off steroids and medications with side effects and implementing a holistic approach for his care.  This process will take several months to complete and determine how he will respond.

We will consider placing Murphy into a foster-to-adopt placement with an adopter provided that they live near the GTA to access his team of health care providers.  In this arrangement Murphy would join his adoptive family before he has been cleared medically and we would continue to oversee and cover the costs of his vet care.  Once he is stabilized and his medical hold is lifted we would then finalize his adoption.

Donations towards Murphy's care are greatly appreciated.

Murphy enjoys the company of other friendly dogs, and could join a home with a foot legged pal.  Here he is playing with his foster brother:


Murphy is sensitive to being separated from his family, so a home where someone is around much of the time is ideal for him.

He is being fostered in the Toronto area.

Thursday, July 14, 2016



Quick Adoption Overview
Has now completed treatment for Lyme disease - we will recheck bloodwork the first week of September to be sure he is clear, repair entropion then he is ready for adoption
6 years old - DOB May 4, 2010
Fostered in Stayner, ON
Good with cats
Good with well mannered dogs

All about Hudson

Hudson is a gentle, well mannered boy who knows his basic commands and has nice house manners.  He enjoys spending time with people, is friendly and affectionate, and loves to give big kisses!  He is gentle and an overall big, lovable fella'.

Hudson has been happily hanging out with the other four footed pals at his foster home.  He could join a family where there is another well mannered, gentle dog. He is also respectful of cats.

Having said that, Hudson does at time guard his food bowl, so should not be left unsupervised with other animals when he is eating.

This sweet boy came to us through no fault of his own when changes in his family meant that he was not receiving the care that he needed.

Hudson was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 but sadly was left untreated.  As a result of this he had been experiencing weakness, pain, swelling and feeling very unwell.  When he entered our care we started treatment promptly and Hudson is feeling loads better!  His treatment is now complete, he is symptom free, and we will repeat bloodwork in early September to confirm that he is all clear.

On intake he was suffering from severe skin, ear and eye infections, likely due to low thyroid function.  He has responded very well to treatment and now looks and feels loads better!  A healthy diet, and proper management of his thyroid, will help Hudson to stay in good condition.  Hudson takes meds to stabilize his thyroid function and is now receiving the correct dose and is no longer exhibiting symptoms of hypothyroidism.  These pills cost about $25/month.

Hudson has mild entropion in his left eye which we will be surgically correcting shortly.

Hudson is being fostered in Stayner, ON. His approved adopters will be required to pick him up in person.  He will receive his vaccines the first week of September once we know that he is totally clear of Lyme disease.  We are ready to interview families now.

At this time, only homes within Canada will be considered since he will not be able to cross the border to the US until a month has passed since his vaccine was administered.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016




Courtesy posting for our rescue friends and supporters in Thunder Bay
If interested in adopting Dior please complete our application and return it to us, we will forward to her caregivers in Thunder Bay for screening

Quick Adoption Overview
6 years old
Spayed and UTD on vaccines
Good with dogs
Good with cats
Good with kids
Located in Thunder Bay

All about Dior
Sweet 6 year old Dior is a friendly, affectionate and well mannered girl who through no fault of her own finds herself in need of a home.   Her family's situation has changed and she can no longer stay with them.

We are told that she is a very sweet girl who is wonderful with other dogs and could happily live with a cat as well.  She is used to getting lots of love and care, enjoying napping on the couch and snuggling on the bed.

She is in need of dropping considerable weight, currently weighing 160 lbs (goal weight of 115-120).  A healthy, grain free diet in the appropriate amount, and lots of opportunities for exercise should help her get in shape over the coming months.

Dior is not a fan of stairs so would be happiest in a home where she will not be expected to climb a lot of stairs to go outside to potty.

She has been spayed and her vaccines are current -- due at the end of the summer.

Dior is in Thunder Bay -- her approved adopters will be required to pick her up in person.

She is not a Newf Friends dog, but we are accepting applications for her on behalf of her caregivers and will forward suitable applications along to them.  

Friday, June 10, 2016



June 30/16: I was adopted!

Quick Adoption Overview
5 years old - we believe his date of birth is June 14, 2011 but can not confirm this
Friendly with dogs
Good with cats but needs reminders not to chase
Being fostered in Belleville, ON

All about Winston

Winston and his half-brother Tonka were acquired off of Kijiji 6 weeks ago by a family who wanted farm dogs. Unfortunately,  through no fault of their own, Tonka and Winston were not a good fit for their new family. The decision was made to turn them over to us to ensure that they each found exactly the right home.

Darling boy Winston is a calm, quiet, gentle boy who is sweet and sensitive.   He can be timid in some situations, including going through doorways and entering some new builings. He'll flourish with some confidence building, and an opportunity to learn all about the joys of indoor life.

He is housetrained and has great house manners -- he doesn't chew, is not destructive, is quiet and easy going.  He is reliable when left home alone.

Winston is super sweet and friendly with people.  His foster family has taken him to the local farmers market where he was very excited to meet so many new friends.  He walks well on leash overall.

He is polite and friendly with other dogs.  What a good boy!  He has not yet been too interested in playing with his foster siblings.  He would be fine with other calm dogs, or equally happy as an only dog.

Winston is overall good with the family cat, but as he has settled into his foster home, he has decided that chasing the cat from time to time seems like a fun idea.   He can live with a cat, but it should be a cat that is doggy savvy and not as likely to give chase.

He has been good with kids, but tends to forget his size, and may jump up for attention if given the opportunity.

Winston is neutered, is HW negative, and has now been vaccinated.  He has just completed treatment for a UTI.

Winston will benefit greatly from dropping excess weight, and putting increasing muscle mass in his back end.  With a healthy diet and lots of exercise we expect him to flourish.

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

Fenced yard required.



UPDATE: June 27 -- I was adopted!

Quick Adoption Overview
Arrived June 10/16
Born April 1, 2011 -- 5 years old
Being fostered in the GTA

All about Tonka

Tonka and his half-brother Winston were acquired off of Kijiji 6 weeks ago by a family who wanted farm dogs. Unfortunately,  through no fault of their own, Tonka and Winston were not a good fit for their new family. The decision was made to turn them over to us to ensure that they each found exactly the right home.

Tonka is a very calm, friendly, affectionate boy who loves spending time with people.  He is well mannered in the house, and has excellent leash manners, walking in a perfect heel.  He doesn't know too many commands, but is eager to please and learning more each day.  He'd be a great candidate for obedience work.  What a good boy!

Get pettin'
His surrendering family told us that Tonka would chase small outdoor animals like chickens, ducks and outdoor cats.  He has been introduced to indoor cats and has shown no interest in chasing.  A home with an indoor only cat who is dog savvy would likely be ok for him.  He is not a match for a home where there are outdoor cats cruising about.

We're going to need a bigger pool
Tonka is non-reactive to dogs walking by him on his walks, he is just focused on his handler.  When introduced to new dogs Tonka is unsure of them in his personal space.  He will stiffen and posture.   This passes easily when in the company of respectful dogs.  He will benefit from the opportunity to work with a confident handler who can slowly help him learn doggie social skills.  He could join a family with another very calm, respectful dog and an experienced handler, although he would be very happy being the only dog.

Tonka is neutered and his vaccines are UTD.  He appears to be in good health.

Tonka is being fostered in the GTA.  His approved adopters will be required to pick him up in person.  An adoption donation will apply.

Thursday, May 19, 2016


ADOPTED July 17, 2016

Quick Adoption Overview
2 years old - DOB December 10, 2013
Gets along with dogs and cats
Has some depigmentation of his skin -- this does not require treatment (see below)
Fostered in Mississauga, ON - We will consider homes for Ted up to 15 hours or so from his foster location -- this includes NB, NS and the eastern States.
Fenced yard required

Ted loves the water!
All about Ted
Adorable boy Ted is a great catch for anyone looking for a gentle, affectionate, Newf.  He makes friends with everyone he meets, both two and four legged, and is an all around awesome fella.  He is a very happy boy who always seems to be smiling!

Ted is a sweet Newf who has been well cared for and loved.  He has wonderful manners, knows basic obedience and would be a super match for anyone wanting a quiet, nicely behaved companion.

An avid swimmer, Ted would be a great fit for someone who also loves to swim or is looking for a dog to do water work with.

You probably noticed that Ted has a light coloured nose.  Ted has a harmless condition called vitiligo which causes loss of pigmentation in the skin. This is a hereditary condition that does not cause any problems for Ted, other than some light coloured spots on his face.

We've completed extensive testing to rule out any other cause for the depigmentation and were very pleased when the diagnosis of vitiligo was confirmed by a dermatologist on June 11.   Moving forward, there is no need for any treatment -- Ted's quality of life is not impacted and he suffers no ill effects. Hooray!

We'd like to extend a huge thank you to Dr. Jocelyn Wellington of the Animal Dermatology Services in London, ON for fitting Ted in on short notice and coming in on her day off to see him.  Thank you!

Ted has a very slightly increased risk of developing an immune mediated disorder at some point in his life, but with a healthy lifestyle the risk is very low. Eating a healthy diet (he currently eats raw) and having minimal exposure to vaccines will go a long way towards preventing any issues.  A home in a location where there is not a high risk of heart worm infection or lyme disease will be best for Ted so that he does not need to be subjected to preventative meds.

Ted is neutered, his vaccines are current and he is in good health.  He has cherry eye in his left eye.  Surgery has been performed twice and failed both times. We have determined that it is best for Ted to just leave it be.  On occasion he may need eye drops to keep the eye lubricated, but he is not experiencing any issues from this condition.

Ted thrives in a calm, quiet, predictable environment.  He is a sensitive boy who becomes anxious when there are loud noises (fireworks, thunderstorms, loud trucks, etc). Thanks to loads of love and care from his foster mom, Ted has made great progress learning that loud noises don't have to be scary.  Bravo Ted! There is still some work to do, and Ted will likely always be uneasy during thunderstorms/fireworks, but he is really coming around.

Like most Newfs, Ted wants nothing more than to hang out with his family and be near the people he knows and trusts.  A predictable schedule, and a family where he won't be left alone for extended times will be best for Ted.  Families who travel a lot and board their dogs, or require regular dog sitters are not the right match for Ted.  He'd prefer to have his people around as much as possible.

Ted gets along with other dogs and  would be super happy to join a family with another well mannered, friendly pooch for him to romp and play with.  He also gets along with cats -- what a good boy!

Check out his cute adoption video below. What a fun boy!

Ted is being fostered in Mississauga, ON - his approved adopters will be required to pick him up in person.  An adoption donation will apply.