A network of volunteers working together to help Newfoundland Dogs in need in Ontario, Canada

Newf Friends Newfoundland Dog Rescue is a foster home based rescue group operating in Ontario, Canada. We place dogs into carefully screened homes in Ontario and parts of neighbouring States, within a days drive. If you are outside of our area visit the Newf Rescue listings for Canada or the Newf Club of America Rescue Listing to find a rescue near you.

Sunday, September 13, 2015



Handsome boy Triton arrived in our care on September 12 and is doing very well in his foster home.  He is a young fella who has much to learn and is making great progress thanks to the hard work of his foster family.  At 29 months of age he is an active, goofy, comical, young male who is in need of some structure in his life to help him mature into a well mannered adult. 

Triton is well suited to an active family where he will have a lot of opportunities to exercise his body and his mind.   He knows some basic commands and his foster family will be working to improve his reliability with respect to following them.  His leash manners are a work in progress.  Triton will benefit greatly from an experienced handler who can teach him the basics that he has not yet learned.  Obedience classes would be great for him!

A typical young, boisterous boy who needs some manners, Triton can sometimes become over stimulated and play-mouth and jump up when excited.  He means no harm, but he's a big boy and could easily knock down children. For this reason he is best suited to a home where there are no young kids.

Only 29 months old, this sweet boy has been bounced around a lot in his short life and is ready to find a wonderful, loving, forever family.   Triton came to us when his most recent owners were unable to resolve some issues involving him marking in the house.  This behaviour has not been exhibited in his foster home and his house-training has been great.  Triton is crated when left alone in the home.  Appropriate exercise, routine, structure and supervision are exactly what he needs.

Understandably after being bounced around to several homes and not receiving many opportunities for training or socialization, Triton can be a little shy meeting new people.  His foster family have observed that he is particularly shy around young men.  This is being worked on in his foster home and he is making great progress.  He is very fond of women, and those people who he is familiar with are greeted with great enthusiasm (a little too much so at times!) 

New situations and places are stressful for him, but with a confident handler at his side he relaxes easily.  Further opportunities to get and explore the world and meet new people will make a big difference for him. Triton really just needs someone in his life who will take some time to take him out to explore, and teach him how to be a happy, well mannered Newf.


Triton has been friendly and respectful with the female dog at his foster home, and has been curious but appropriate with the cat.  He previously lived in a home with some small breed dogs and could happily join a family with another respectful four footed pal.  He has now been tested with large breed males and he did very well, responded to direction and was easy to call off during high arousal play.  Good boy Triton!
Triton appears to be in good health and is undergoing basic treatment for some minor skin issues related to insufficient grooming.  Once his sores are healed he will be neutered and will be ready for adoption.

Applications for adopting Triton are being accepted now.


He is being fostered in the Ottawa, ON area and his approved adopters will be required to pick him up in person.   We will consider homes within a 1 day drive of his foster location -- this includes parts of ON, QC, NB, NY, NJ, ME, PA, CT and more.
An adoption donation of $500 will apply.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Woof Walk 2015 - Join us!

Join us at our Woof Walk & Fun Day
Saturday, September 26/15

Our 6th annual Woof Walk and fun day is almost here! It's a great day to connect with Newf Friends and HART volunteers, fellow adopters and dog lovers.  Bring your dogs, your kids, your friends, your family - everyone welcome!  All breeds of dogs are welcome, please be sure your dog is on leash.

The walk will take place with participants collecting pledges to support the great work HART and Newf Friends does. After the walk there will be a fun day with a BBQ and other dog fun on a private 10 acre fenced property. We hope to see you there!

When: Saturday, September 26, 2015
Registration: 11:00 AM
Walk Begins: 12:00 PM
Location: 10 minutes outside of Fergus. Location to be sent to registrants - register below.
Cost: Free for participants with a minimum of $10 in pledges

- Relaxing walk in the country
- Games and Contests
- BBQ and baked goods
- Microchips for $25 (what a deal!)
- Professional Pet Photos
- Meet Adoptable Dogs
- Forest romps in a secure, fenced environment
- General dog fun!

Collect Pledges!
1) Online via CanadaHelps.Org. Create your own fundraising page to collect pledges online. Super easy!  Search for HIGHLAND ANIMAL RELIEF TEAM, then from the drop down menu select the Newf Friends Fund to allocate your pledges to Newf Friends

2) Download and print a pledge form to pass around to all your friends, coworkers and family.


Monday, August 31, 2015


Brace yourself for cuteness overload , Oliver is a new arrival at Newf Friends.  This goofy, playful, wiggly pup is searching for just the right family to call his own.

Born on May 28/15 this adorable boy is just a few months old and has a lot of growing to do.  He came to us when his family realized that his needs were greater than they could manage.  When they got him they were told that he is purebred Newf and that his coat had been clipped --  sorry to say, someone wasn't being honest with them!   Oliver definitely has some Newf in him, but he's mixed with something else.  Great Dane perhaps?  One thing we do know for sure, he is ridiculously cute.

Oliver has a thick coat that repels water, but it is nowhere near the length of a Newf's coat.  When he matures his coat will likely be easier to maintain than a full Newf coat.

Oliver can barely contain his enthusiasm over visiting his foster dad at work

A typical  puppy, Oli needs lots of supervision, lots of training and socialization and loads of love.  He is in a wonderful foster home where he is immersed in all of the activities of a busy family.  He adores the children in his foster home and could happily join a family with well mannered school aged children.  We do not place puppies into homes with children under 5 years of age.

As puppies go, Oliver is pretty low key.  He is perfectly housebroken, has lovely house manners, is gentle and friendly, has fairly low energy compared to many pups his age.  He is rapidly growing which is hard on the body, so that may explain some of his low energy. We expect that as his matures a bit and his growth rate slows he will become more energetic.  Having said that, he is a pretty mellow tempered dog.

Oli is sharing his foster home with 2 other dogs and has been out visiting with a variety of well mannered dogs.  He greets new dogs appropriately, is respectful of older dogs, playful with younger dogs and generally an easy going pup.  An adoptive home where he will have another four footed pal to play with will be great for Oli and will encourage him to get up and play and have fun.

Typical of the Newf breed, Oli is an avid swimmer and has a strong rescue instinct-- he keeps watch over the little folk in his home while they play in the water.  He would be so very happy to find a home where he will be able to go swimming on a regular basis.

Lifeguard on duty

Oliver is lacking muscle mass in his back end and his foster family are working to help him put on some muscle.  Easy walks on soft surfaces, a little bit of work on hills, and opportunities to swim are all great ways for him to put on muscle.  We had some concerns over his gait, but Oli's vet check showed no signs of orthopedic issues at this time.  His joints are very loose, which is not uncommon for a giant breed pup of his age.  As with all giants, great care must be taken to keep Oli's growth rate slow and steady, and his exercise should be geared specifically to his development as a giant breed pup.  Proper nutrition and care will play a huge role in Oliver's healthy development.

He has received the appropriate vaccines for his age and will be getting his boosters on Sept 21.  We will not be considering homes in the US becasue he is not able to cross the border until a month has passed since the time of his rabies vaccine. 

He is too young to neuter and will be placed on a strictly enforced non-breeding adoption with a neuter contract in place.

We will be considering potential adopters in Canada within a 5 hour drive of his foster home in Bancroft, ON.   This includes parts of Ontario and Quebec. Only those families who have the time, energy, and lifestyle to properly train, socialize and care for a growing giant breed pup will be considered. 

An adoption donation of $600 applies, with a partial rebate given once he has been neutered at the appropriate age (20-24 months).



Darling girl Rachel arrived in our care on Aug 22 along with her litter-mate Phoebe, and is getting settled in foster care.  This sweet girl is calm and sensitive and is looking for a loving family to call her own.

She is 5 years old and came to us through no fault of her own. She is a gentle, well mannered girl who loves to be hugged and petted.  Rachel has nice house manners, knows some basic commands and her foster mom reports that she is picking up new commands quickly, leash manners are coming along well and she is a quick learner who is eager to please.

wearing her cone of shame after her spay surgery
Rachel gets along well with other dogs and could happily join a family where  she has another four footed pal to hang out with.  She has not been tested with cats.

She is a social girl who loves to meet new people and is calm and well mannered.

A typical Newf, she likes to hang out in her yard or by the door at her foster home so that she can survey her surroundings and keep an eye over "her" domain.

She has been brought up to date on vaccines and has now been spayed. Rachel is slightly overweight, but with good diet and proper exercise the pounds should easily be dropped. Her joints appear to be in good condition, her bloodwork is fine and she appears to be a healthy girl.  She has mild entropion on her right eye, but our vet did not feel that surgery was warranted.  She may on occasion require drops, but otherwise seems fine.

Rachel is being fostered in Toronto, ON.  Her approved adopters will be required to pick her up in person. An adoption donation of $500 will apply.



Phoebe is now in a foster-to-adopt placement with her new family. Her adoption will be finalized once she is spayed in a few weeks times. We are waiting for her blood vessels to return to normal size following her heat before doing surgery.

This sensitive girl is looking for a loving family to call her own.  She gets along well with other dogs and is a gentle, well mannered girl.

A little timid, Phoebe is in need of opportunities for socialization to help boost her confidence and cope well in new surroundings.  She is learning about walking on new surfaces (hard floors vs carpets) and all of the other things that are new to her.
This 5 year old girl appears to be in good health, has been brought up to date on vaccines and will be spayed soon.  Phoebe is in heat at the moment so we are not yet able to spay her.  She will be on hold in foster care until she has been spayed.  Because we hold off spaying for a few weeks after the heat cycle ends Phoebe will not be ready to be adopted until October (although we will consider an adopter local to one of our supportive vets to foster-to-adopt while we wait for her blood vessels to reduce enough after her spay to minimize the risks of surgery.)
She arrived in our care on Aug 22 along with her litter-mate Rachel.  The girls were surrendered through no fault of their own.

More details will be posted about Phoebe as she settles into her foster home and we get to know her better.  Photos coming soon.

Phoebe is currently being fostered in Bomanville, ON.  An adoption donation of $500 will apply.

Sunday, July 19, 2015



This lovely gal arrived in our care on July 17 and has made herself right at home in foster care.  She is a sweet and sensitive girl who is quiet and well mannered, knows basic commands, and is looking for an awesome family to call her own.

She is a friendly girl who is affectionate and will never turn down a chin scratch or a belly rub!  An easy going gal, Zoe is a pleasure to spend time with and is a lower energy girl who is happy hanging out with her family.

Zoe gets along well with other respectful dogs and cats, although may need a bit of time to get used to them. She is currently living with another Newf in foster care. She could join a home with another well mannered dog or would be perfectly happy to be the only dog. 

Zoe has good house manners and is a lovable girl who thrives on attention.  She will pull on leash when meeting new dogs and will benefit from some more socialization to help her improve her manners.  Her foster family are working on this and making great progress.

Car ride!!!
Born Dec 9, 2008 she is 6 years young.  Zoe came to us becasue her owners could not find a solution to get her ear and skin issues under control.  She had been experiencing chronic ear infections, her skin was raw, itchy and red and her eyes runny - this had been ongoing for about 2 years they tell us.  Her coat had been completely shaved by her owners.
Scrub a dub dub, Zoe in the tub!
Upon intake it was discovered that Zoe was infested with fleas.  Poor girl! She was immediately treated for them and is now flea free and feeling LOADS better! Many of her skin issues appear to be related to flea bite dermatitis which we have been working on clearing up.

We have been able to clear her sores without oral medication.  Zoe has been receiving regular baths to help her skin along and drops for her ears and eyes and we are happy to say that she has made tremendous improvement.  Her ears are looking a lot better, her eye infection is just about clear and her skin is almost back to normal. 

On intake: Raw, red and itchy from a bad flea infestation
She will likely need regular ear cleaning to prevent flare-ups, but a regular grooming regimen, a healthy grain-free fish based diet, and lots of love will be the key to keeping her ears and skin happy.

Zoe is a tall girl who currently weighs 165lbs.  She has some arthritis which is causing a bit of instability in her back end.  She is lacking muscle mass which is contributing to her hind end weakness.  She tires easily and seemed painful so we have started her on Metacam (an nsaid) and it has made a great difference for her.  As she puts on muscle mass and gets in shape we hope that her metacam can be reduced, but it is likely that she will need to be on an anti-inflammatory med for the rest of her life.  This is not uncommon for giant breed dogs, and the use of meds makes a tremendous difference for Newfs who are suffering from arthritis. 

A home with few or no stairs for her to come and go from her yard will be the ideal choice for Zoe. She is not a big fan of stairs, likely becasue of her weak back end.

She has been spayed and we have now updated her vaccines.  We've run full blood panels and everything looks good.

To be considered for adopting Zoe please complete our adoption application found in the forms section of this site and email it back to us.
She is being fostered in the Oakville area.  Her approved adopters will be required to pick her up in person. We will consider homes within a 1 day drive of her foster location.  This includes parts of Ontario, Quebec, New York, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont and more.

Because she will require ongoing medication for her hind end issues a reduced adoption donation of $400 applies.



AUG 19:  Bear was adopted

Handsome fella' Bear arrived in our care on July 17th and as you can see, he is making himself right at home in foster care!  This gentle boy is sweet as pie and loves to hang out with his family and get lots of loving.

He came to us through no fault of his own.  He was adopted from a shelter a year ago and his owner has now had changes in her life situation and is no longer able to care for him.  She made the decision to turn him over to us so that he can find his perfect forever home.

Bear's coat was a bit of a mess so his owner had him clipped down before surrendering him.  His hair will grow back soon enough!

Bear is about 6 years old, although he sure acts a lot younger at times!   He is a friendly boy and he gets along with other well socialized dogs.

He likes to dive at kitties though! 

Bear has been neutered and is up to date on vaccines.  He weighs 141 lbs and could drop a few pounds, but overall is in good health. We are treating him for an ear infection and hope to have him all fixed up soon. 

He is negative for HW and lyme disease.  Bear's blood work shows that he has a slightly low thyroid function so we have started him on thyroid meds. This should help to bring about improvement in his ears, coat and weight.  He will be on meds for life.  Thyroid meds are very inexpensive and are effective at helping hypothyroid dogs maintain proper levels.

His front left shoulder is a little tender on exam, but our vet does not feel it is anything too bothersome.  His mobility is not impacted by this.  He is taking glucosamine and this will benefit him greatly.

He is being fostered in Bomanville, ON and his approved adopters will be required to pick him up in person.  We will consider homes within a one day drive of his foster location.  This includes homes in parts of ON, QC, NY, OH, NJ, PA, and more.
An adoption donation of $500 will apply.


Saturday, July 11, 2015


Update: July 15, 2015
Sadly, Molly's status has been updated to SANCTUARY CARE - She will not be available for adoption.

Molly's ultrasound and tests revealed that her kidneys are damaged beyond repair and are only functioning at 10%.   She is only expected to survive a few months.  This is heartbreaking news for everyone.

She will live out her remaining days in a loving foster home receiving palliative care. We will be giving her supportive treatment to help her kidneys function as best they can and to ensure that her remaining days are happy, love filled and that she enjoys an excellent quality of life in her remaining time.

Tests will be done for renal dysplasia and the result sent to the DNA databank to help other dogs in the future.

Donations to help offset the cost of Molly's diagnostics and upcoming surgery are greatly appreciated. 

As sweet as she is adorable, lovable gal Molly is a new arrival in our program and is making herself right at home in foster care.

Born May 29, 2014, Molly is a young Newf who is well mannered, quiet, affectionate and a pleasure to spend time with.  She gets along with everyone she meets, is great with children and has a lovely personality.

Molly gets along well with other dogs and would be happiest to find an adoptive home where she will have another well mannered dog to romp and play with.


Molly is on medical hold and will be available for adoption once her health needs have been taken care of.  She has cherry eye which we will be surgically correcting.  She has also been leaking urine and we are currently treating her for an infection and will be completing a full assessment of her health needs and forming a treatment plan in the coming days.  Her initial blood tests are showing signs of possible kidney issues, further tests are pending.  Details will be posted as we complete her vetting.

UPDATE: See notes above, Molly's status has changed to sanctuary care. We will not be treating her cherry eye and she will not be available for adoption.

Molly is being fostered in the Burlington, ON area.  

Sunday, July 5, 2015



AUG 4: I've been adopted!
Meet Phoenix, a total love bug who is ready to make friends with everyone he meets!

Born on July 17, 2014, this young fella is just about to celebrate his first birthday.   A typical young giant breed male, he has a few things to learn, but is a happy, friendly boy.

He arrived in our care on July 5/15 and is currently under assessment in foster care.  More info will be posted about him soon!