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

Volunteering and Fostering:

Interested in joining our team of volunteers? Click here for more information.


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.

Sunday, May 1, 2016



Quick Adoption Overview
4 years old - Born May 13, 2012
Newf  mix

All About Betty-Lou
Betty-Lou and her brother T-Bone arrived in our care on May 1 when changes in their owner's life situation made it necessary for them to find a new home.

The duo have lived outdoors and we will be training them to live indoors in their foster homes.  Updates to follow!

We are told that both dogs are good with other animals (dogs and cats) and good with children.  We will post more details as our assessments are completed in the coming days.

Betty-Lou is being fostered in the Ottawa area.  Her approved adopters will be required to pick her up in person.  An adoption donation will apply.



Quick Adoption Overview
4 years old - Born May 13, 2012
Newf x Old English Sheepdog mix

All About T-Bone
T-Bone, and his sister Betty-Lou arrived in our care on May 1 when changes in their owner's life situation made it necessary for them to find a new home.

The duo have lived outdoors and we will be training them to live indoors in their foster homes.  Updates to follow!

We are told that both dogs are good with other animals (dogs and cats) and good with children.  We will post more details as our assessments are completed in the coming days.

T-Bone is being fostered in the Ottawa area.  His approved adopters will be required to pick him up in person.  An adoption donation will apply.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Spring Fundraiser Wrap-Up

Last weekend's Spring Fundraiser was a huge success bringing in over $2000 to help Newfs in need.

A HUGE THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who worked so hard to put this fabulous event together, to the generous donors who gave auction items and baked goods for the sale, and of course to our supporters who came out and took part in the day.

A special thanks goes to Dunbartion-Fairport United Church for graciously hosting us and of course to Sandy and Jeff who organize this popular annual fundraiser.

Thanks so much!

Here are a few photos from the day, thanks to Joseph Cuan Photography for the pictures!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016



Adoption Pending
Quick Adoption Overview
Available for adoption once spayed
3 years old
Good with other dogs
Good with cats
Snores like a chainsaw
Fostered in Mississauga
Fenced yard required

All About Brigitte

Adorable gal Brigitte is a total love bug!  A silly girl with a twinkle in her eye, she is goofy and totally adorable.

An unclaimed stray, life in the shelter was stressful for Brigitte so she came to us to find a loving foster home where she can be given loads of TLC and eventually find her perfect forever home.

Her coat was so heavily matted that we were unable to brush it out and unfortunately it had to be shaved off.  She is feeling loads better and able to move around easily now that all of the painful mats are gone.

Brigitte gets along well with other dogs and is playful and friendly.  She would be happy to find a home where she has another 4 footed pal to romp and play with.

Here she is playing with her foster brother Kodi.....how cute!

Brigitte loves to play!

She has been tested with cats and appears to be fine, so could join a family with a dog savvy feline friends.

She knows some basic commands, in French, and is working on her manners. She seems to prefer the quiet of country life to the noises of city living and further assessments are pending.


Bri is a little bit of a piggie and loves to play in the mud, roll in the water and generally make a royal mess of herself.  She is definitely not a match for the house proud!

We estimate that she is 2-3 years old.  She has been vaccinated and will be spayed shortly.  Once spayed she will be available for adoption.

She is being fostered in Mississauga, ON and her approved adopters will be required to pick her up in person.

An adoption donation of $500 applies.

Monday, March 21, 2016



Quick Adoption Overview
Available for adoption
Good with other dogs - looking for a home where she will have another dog to play with
Good with cats
Good with kids
Fenced yard required

All about Luna

Sweet and sensitive, Luna is an affectionate girl who is looking for someone to work on her training and give her lots of opportunities for socialization to experience new sights and sounds.  This quiet girl has been through a lot in recent weeks and is settling into a calm, quiet, loving foster home. This little gem will be a great companion for a loving family who have the time to work with her and help her blossom.

Luna is a great candidate for obedience work as she needs to improve her leash manners and to build confidence.  A handler who is physically able to do some training with Luna will be the right match for her.  Luna does not appear to know any commands, so her foster family have begun teaching her the basics.  She is eager to please and is catching on quickly.  Good girl Luna!

She is used to a rural environment and is understandably overwhelmed by all of the sights, sounds and activities in a city setting.  With a confident handler at her side Luna will benefit from getting out and learning about the world at a nice slow pace.   A comprehensive socialization and manners training program has begun and she is doing very well.  She has loads of potential and with a bit of work she will really come along nicely.

Sadly, after being used as a brood bitch by a non-reputable breeder, she was then sent to someone to be used as a service dog--this person was told that she was fully trained and an excellent dog for this role. Upon arrival in Ontario it was discovered that her complete lack of training and poor socialization make her totally unsuitable for this role.   Her poor leash manners, coupled with her fear of new and unknown things made the match extremely dangerous for both Luna and the person who hoped to use her as a service dog.  The decision was made to turn her over to us for training and treatment of her very serious and life threatening health issues (see below for those details).

Born April 26, 2012 she is just about 4 years old.

She was spayed a few weeks prior to arriving in our care, but upon intake it was noted that she had suspicious blood/mucus leakage.  She was promptly taken for veterinary care, and an ultrasound  showed what appeared to be stump pyometra, a potentially deadly infection.  During surgery it was discovered that she actually had a large mass on her bladder/ureter, which was successfully removed.  Her pathology report shows that the mass was non-cancerous!  Phew!  Luna is recovering well from surgery and will be ready to join her new family once her sutures are removed.

On arrival Luna was suffering from severe flea bite dermatitis from an untreated flea infestation.   YUCK -- poor girl!  This totally preventable condition is very uncomfortable and can lead to serious health issues if left untreated.  Luna is currently being treated to help clear her skin lesions and ears -- after a good scrub, some meds, and loads of love she started to feel much better and was no longer chewing herself raw.  Typical of dogs who have lived in flea infested environments, Luna has patchy fur, and very itchy, inflamed skin.  She also had tapeworm as a result of her flea infestation, as well as nasty hook and whip worms.  Ick, poor girl.  Due to the heavy infestation of parasites she was very underweight and in poor physical condition.  With proper care and treatment she feels so much better now!  Luna is all smiles now that her health issues have been resolved.

Luna's diagnostics, surgery and treatment cost thousands of dollars.  Donations to help cover the cost of Luna's care are appreciated.  Visit our donation page to learn more about making a donation to our program -- a tax receipt will be issued for your generous support.

Lesions on Luna's skin from flea bite dermatitis

Luna gets along well with other dogs and is happiest when she has other dogs around her for company.  We are looking for a home where she will have another canine pal to romp and play with.  She is also fine with cats so could join a family where there is a dog savvy cat.

Luna is gentle around children and could join a family with respectful children over the age of 5, or a home where children visit.

Luna is allegedly a purebred Newf although she is a small, light boned girl (similar looking to a spaniel in some ways!) weighing under 100 lbs.  Her coat is brown and white in colour, which is not a recognized colour for Newfoundland dogs, but she is a cute little girlie!  On occasion we have Newfs come through our program who have this off-standard coat colour.  This is something which is seen from unscrupulous kennels who do not breed to the correct standard of the breed and who have no regard for preserving the traits of the breed.  You can learn more about coat colour and the breed standard by reading our article Identifying BYB.

Luna is being fostered in the Toronto area.  Her approved adopters will be required to pick her up in person. An adoption donation will apply.
Fenced yard required.

Friday, March 11, 2016



Quick Adoption Overview
Available for adoption
Special Health Needs: Shelby is in need of exercises to build up her back end
Fine with well mannered dogs
OK with a dog savvy cat and attentive owner
Adult only home
Fenced yard required
Fostered in the Toronto area

All about Shelby

Shelby is a sweet 4 year old girl who is super friendly and social and looking for a fabulous family to call her very own.

Shelby knows basic commands, walks well on leash, is housebroken and has nice house manners.  She is a quiet, well mannered girl who loves to please and is doing a great job at her obedience classes. Good girl Shelby!

Born January 27, 2012 Shelby just turned 4 years old.  She has been spayed, and brought up to date on her vaccines.  Blood tests show low-normal thyroid function, so we have started her on a low dose of thyroid meds.  These cost approx $20/month.

Shelby on intake -- she sure needed to be groomed!
Her surrendering family reported that she has shown intermittent lameness over the last month and opted to surrender her for diagnostics and treatment.  We have completed x-rays and testing.  Shelby has mild dysplasia in her left hip and some degenerative joint disease in both knees.  With pain medication, weight loss (she needs to drop about 15 lbs), and specific exercises geared towards building her back end muscles, we expect her to recover well and have full mobility.  She is not limited mobility wise at this time and gets around well.  Shelby just needs to drop the extra weight and put on some muscle -- time to get walking!

She is a small girl, with a goal weight of 95 lbs.  This smaller size will be in her favour to help her maintain good mobility throughout her life.  She's be a great companion for someone who likes to go swimming with their dog, or for nice walks in the woods.

She has not had many opportunities to meet and socialize with other dogs in her lifetime so is just learning all about proper doggie communication.  She's doing really well!  On arrival she was a bit unsure when meeting dogs, but she has learned all about how fun it is to play and she is happy to make new friends.  She has become great pals with her foster brother and several newfs at various foster homes!  She'd be a good match for a family with another well mannered dog, or she would be equally happy as the only dog.

Due to her tender back end, Shelby is suited to an adult only home with no children under 10 years of age.

She is being fostered in the Toronto area.  Her approved adopters will be required to pick her up in person.

Since Shelby takes medication and is in need of some rehab to increase muscle in her back end, a reduced adoption donation of $350 applies to offset this.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Puppy Socialization -- the Breeder's Role

Socialization, an important part of choosing a breeder and raising a puppy.

Mom and pups at
Nautica Newfs in AB

Last month we wrote a blog about the serious temperament issues we are seeing more and more in Newfs, and the need to select breeders who breed for correct temperament. If you missed the article you can read it here

Socialization is another key piece of the puzzle when it comes to choosing your breeder and raising your puppy.

Puppy Socialization Starts with the Breeder

Puppies learn from their environments and experiences. It is a breeder’s responsibility to ensure that puppies are exposed to as many different sights, sounds, textures, smells, animals and people as possible in the first 10-12 weeks of their lives. Exposure should always be carefully controlled to ensure that the experiences are positive and are not placing the puppies at risk.

The best and easiest way for puppies to be exposed to normal sounds of home life is for them to be whelped and raised in a home environment. Ideally their whelping box and puppy “room” will be in a central location of the home so that the puppies get to experience regular home life while in a safe environment. They get used to the sounds of vacuum cleaners, other animals, people talking, tvs, radios, cooking and smells. They also get exposed to the silence that regularly occurs in a home at night while the family and other pets are sleeping. Puppies should remain inside the breeder’s home until they are picked up by their families. Puppies who are whelped outdoors or moved outdoors before going home with their new families will not receive the necessary socialization. Breeders who do not keep the puppies in their homes should be avoided.

An indoor whelping/puppy play area at Jalynn Kennels in Ontario

Once the puppies are old enough they should be allowed supervised time out of their puppy room to explore the house. The breeder’s home should be a safe environment with no obvious dangers. If you wouldn’t let your toddler crawl around their home then you definitely should think twice about buying a puppy from them. Objects of all shapes, sizes and sounds should be included in the puppy room and around the house to allow for the pups to learn. Some breeders also create their own “adventure boxes” which includes multiple items that offer different sounds, shapes, textures and colours to provide a great tactile experience. 

Shown in this video are puppies at Even Keel Newfoundlands in Colorado playing in their adventure box.

Pups explore a vacuum at Even Keel
Newfoundlands in Colorado

Spending time outdoors is also very important so that the puppies learn about the sights, sounds and smells that exist outside. They should be encouraged to go to the bathroom, play, run around and explore safe areas of the yard. If the weather is nice outside then a baby pool with water in it can be used to expose the puppies to playing in water.  Puppies should always be supervised while outside and should never be left alone for long periods. Puppies should also not be left to sleep outside overnight, regardless of their age or time of year.

It's never too early to start water training at
Even Keel Newfoundlands in Colorado

Pups going for their first canoe ride at
Heartsease Newfoundlands in BC

Early water training at Jalynn Kennels in Ontario

This great article talks about the different types of socialization that help puppies grow into well rounded adults https://www.puppyculture.com/the-enrichment-effect.html

Puppy playtime in the yard at Ashmoor Newfoundlands in Ontario

Outside playtime with mom at Nautica Newfoundlands in Alberta

Other animals in the home should also get to spend time with the puppies. Exposure to other dogs, cats, rabbits or birds goes a long way to teaching the puppy how to act appropriately and be ok around animals of different sizes and types. If the breeder does not have multiple types of animals that is ok, their families can do this socialization if they need to once the puppy is home with them.

The resident cat patiently allows
pups to visit at Kodiak Acres in CT

This adorable video shows newf pups meeting the resident cat at Vent du Nord Newfoundlands in Saskatchewan.  Looks like the cat is the one in charge here!

Breeders will also have visitors over to interact with the puppies. There is no set rule as to what age visitors are allowed, each breeder has their own preference. The more people the puppies meet the more comfortable they will be with strangers. Children should also be included in the mix of visitors to help the puppies learn that people come in all shapes and sizes.

Socialization with children at Ashmoor Newfoundlands in Ontario

Outdoor play and socialization at Nautica Newfoundlands in Alberta

Puppies "Skyping" as part of their socialization experience at Heartsease Newfoundlands in BC

Early socialization is a critical step towards ensuring that your puppy has the best start in life. If the breeder you are considering does not feel that socialization through living in a home environment is important then we highly recommend selecting a different breeder. Not all breeders are alike and it is important that you ask them about where their puppies are housed and what steps the breeder takes to ensure they are well socialized before going to your home.

Wagon of pups at
Sea Worthy Newfoundlands in CT

Stay tuned for the next blog Puppy Socialization Continues – An Owner’s Responsibility

Puppy play time, exploring new textures and experiences at Even Keel Newfoundlands in Colorado.