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.
Established in 2008.

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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, 2025

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

Adopting:

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, March 4, 2019

Roxanne (Roxy)


ROXANNE (Roxy)
2019-005
Available for adoption

Quick Adoption Overview
DOB August 1, 2011
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 Roxy
Friendly and full of personality, adorable gal Roxy LOVES to be the centre of attention and be petted and adored.   She is clearly used to getting loads of love showered on her.

This sweet girl has known much love in her life, coming to us from an owner who adored her.  When her owner's health needs made it impossible to properly care for Roxy he made the difficult decision to turn her over to us to find her a home where she will get all of the love and care she needs.


Roxy has never lived with cats, although seemed totally uninterested in them when she stopped for an overnight stay at a volunteer's house during her transport.


She previously lived with a male dog and is currently sharing her foster home with another male Newf.  She can be nervous and unsure of how to act around new dogs.  She will likely be happiest in a home where she is the only dog.  She would be fine hanging out with other dogs for walks.


Roxy is a silly girl who loves to go for car rides -- the various volunteers who helped transport her quickly discovered that she thinks she should be allowed to ride shotgun!  Here she is trying to claim the front seat in 3 different cars!  Nice try Roxy!


Roxy is a large gal who is in need of some serious weight loss. We hope to have the pounds melt off quickly.  On intake, she was about 40-50 lbs overweight at 160 lbs--yikes!  Her bloodwork results show no issues, so we have begun a weight loss program and hope to have her feeling great soon.

Roxy has reasonable leash manners, which is good news since she needs lots of exercise!  She can be a little pushy at times--it's clear she is used to getting her own way.  She was a bit stressed with all of the changes in her life but is making great progress.  A calm, quiet household will work wonders for her.

She will benefit greatly from activities that will help boost her confidence and independence so that she is better able to cope with new situations. With an owner who sets reasonable boundaries and expectations, she will thrive. She just needs some extra work to help her blossom.

Roxy is a gentle girl, who is sweet and sensitive.  She is unsure around children and prefers to avoid them, so a home without young kids is best for her. A calm, quiet, relaxed home will be her best match.


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.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Elmo


ELMO
2019-004
Quick Adoption Overview
DOB - unknown.  Approximately 5-6 yrs old
Located in Port Perry
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 Elmo

Elmo arrived in our care on Feb 22/19 and has settled into his foster home quite nicely.  He is a goofy, friendly boy who loves getting loads of attention and love. Butt scratches are his fave!

He was picked up as a stray, unclaimed, so the shelter turned him over to our rescue for vetting and care.



On intake Elmo was quite underweight and suffering from bad ear infections and worms which were making him feel really lousy.  He is now doing much better!  He still has more weight to gain but is heading in the right direction.


His bloodwork shows nothing concerning and he appears to be in overall decent health.  He has been vaccinated and is neutered.


At his foster home, he is showing nice house manners, and it appears he is bilingual following commands in both 
English and French.  What a smart boy!

He is housebroken, and well behaved, except for food stealing -- he is a pro at counter cruising!  Adopter beware, no food should be left within reach or it will vanish! LOL.
He is sharing his foster home with a feisty female Newf and that is going reasonably well.  He can be a bit pushy and in her face at times, so is being taught to have better doggie manners (he needs to learn that not everyone wants to play!) 

Elmo could join a home with another well-mannered canine pal who is laid back and easy going and doesn't mind other dogs being a bit pushy.  Or he could happily join a dog free home.


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.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Raven


RAVEN
2019-003

I was adopted!

Quick Adoption Overview
DOB August 21, 2015
Located in Newtonville, 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 Raven


Raven arrived in our care on February 3 and is currently under assessment.  So far she is proving to be a happy, playful, friendly girl. She knows basic commands, is well mannered and calm in the house, and is a very sweet Newf.



She came to us through no fault of her own when her owners felt they were no longer able to meet her needs. A sweet and sensitive gal, she has lived her life in the country and will be happiest in a rural environment.


Raven gets along well with other dogs and is having a great time horsing around with the other dogs at her foster home.  She will be happiest joining a family where she will have another well mannered four-footed pal to play with.


Raven is spayed and her vaccines are up to date. We will run a blood panel shortly to ensure all is well. Updates to come as we get to know her. 




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 3, 2019

Lucy


LUCY
2019-002

I WAS ADOPTED!

Quick Adoption Overview
DOB September 25, 2012
Located in Welland, 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 Lucy


Lucy arrived in our care on February 3 and is currently under assessment.  She is a sweet and friendly gal who loves the company of people and getting loads of attention.

She came to us through no fault of her own when her owner's living arrangements changed. 

Lucy knows some basic commands and we are told she has nice house manners, except for occasional counter surfing!  We will report back on this as we get to know her!


She has never lived with other dogs or cats so we will be assessing her doggie social skills in the coming days.


Lucy is spayed and current on vaccines.  Lucy will need to drop a few pounds to reach a healthy weight, but with exercise and a healthy diet, we expect her to drop the pounds quickly.  We will be running bloodwork and doing a vet check to ensure that she is in good health.

Updates to come in the next few days.


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.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy "Newf" Year


As the year comes to a close we'd like to thank all the people who came together to help us improve the lives of so many Newfs.

2018 was a year of ups and downs with many challenges, some heartbreaking moments, but also an abundance of joyful happy endings. Today we are celebrating all the triumphs of the past year. Rescue is never easy work, but with the support of so many of you we made a difference and touched the lives of each of these wonderful dogs.

A special thank you goes out to our amazing group of dedicated and hardworking volunteers who give of themselves so freely. A tremendous amount of work goes into running a rescue—much of it behind the scenes. We are so fortunate to have a remarkable team who pull together to provide top-notch care to every Newf who comes through our program. Kudos go to our foster families who open their hearts and homes repeatedly, giving so much love and making a tremendous difference in the life of every single dog they foster.

Thank you also to our generous donors who continue to support our rescue program and the work we do; each of you made a profound impact on a dog's life. This year we facilitated more orthopaedic surgeries than ever before, giving Newfs with serious health issues a new lease on life. Because of our supporters we could provide excellent care for every dog in our program and meet all of their needs.

We couldn't do what we do without the incredible support and generosity of the many wonderful veterinary clinics who are so giving of their time and expertise, and provide such exceptional care to the dogs in our program. To Apsley Veterinary ServicesBridle Trail Veterinary ClinicCaledon Mountain Veterinary HospitalClarkson Village Animal HospitalSouth Tower Animal Hospital, and so many more, thank you so much for everything you do to support Newf Friends. Your compassion and kindness is so appreciated.

Happy Newf Year, everyone—may 2019 be filled with much happiness!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Marley


MARLEY
2018-017
I was adopted!

Quick Adoption Overview
DOB Oct 6, 2014
Good with other dogs -- looking for a home where she will have a four-legged companion

Located in Thornhill
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 Marley
Sweet gal Marley arrived on November 26 and is doing well in her foster home.  We don't know much about her past other than that she was surrendered to the SPCA before being placed with us for care.   What we do know is that she is a sweet girl who LOVES attention and just wants a family to call her own.

She has come a long way since arriving in foster care.  Her foster family have made great progress teaching her the basics and working on housebreaking.  A home where she will get loads of opportunities for training and confidence boosting is the best fit for Marley.

She has great potential and is eager to please. A sensitive girl, she needs a soft hand and gentle encouragement to help her blossom.  Her temperament is so sweet and she just wants to be loved.


Marley has issues with her hips and is currently quite overweight.  We have begun a medication regimen that is successfully managing her pain and enabling her to exercise and have fun.  She will require pain meds throughout her life, averaging about $200/month.

Now that her pain is under control, her mobility is quite good and her foster family are working on muscle building and getting her to a healthy weight. A family that is committed to working with Marley to build strength and shed her extra pounds will be the right match for her.


Her ideal home will have few or no stairs.

Her coat is fairly easy to maintain as Newfs go and she is not a heavy drooler.


Marley really enjoys the company of other dogs and plays nicely.  She is a spunky girl who loves to romp and play now that her pain is managed.  She seeks out the other dogs in her foster home for companionship and comfort and will be happiest in a home with a canine pal. A home where she would be the only dog will not be considered for her.

She has not been tested with cats in foster care but does show some interest in chasing squirrels when out walking, as many dogs do!


Marley is a social gal who loves to have people around her.  She can be anxious if left alone, although having a canine companion at her side seems to remedy this.  A home where her time home alone will be minimal is best. Long days spent alone would be stressful for her.

Due to Marley's life-long health needs, a reduced adoption donation 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.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Lacey


Lacey
2018-016

I was adopted on February 2/19!

Quick Adoption Overview
DOB January 28, 2016
Located in Barrie, ON
ok with large dogs, can not go to a home with small dogs
CAT-FREE home required
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 Lacey


Lovely gal Lacey arrived in our care on November 17th and has settled into her foster home very well.


Lacey knows a few commands and her foster family are working on teaching her more of the basics. She is a bright girl who is eager to please and she is picking up new commands quickly.

Lacey is very much like a puppy still! Her house manners are ok, except for attempted counter cruising!   Her leash manners could use some spiffing up as well, her foster family are working on this and making great strides.   Adopters who are willing to put in some work around obedience training will be best for her.


She is an active girl who has fairly high energy and will be well suited to owners who are interested in getting out and being active with her, working her mind and body to meet her enthusiasm!  She's a spunky gal!


She is said to gets along well with other large dogs, happily living with another Newf before coming to our program, and is doing well with her foster brother.  A very well socialized large or giant breed dog who plays nicely would be a good fit as a playmate for Lacey.


Having said that, Lacey does have prey drive issues and is not reliable around small breed dogs or cats in her home.  Her surrendering family reported that she is fine walking by small breed dogs while out on leash though.  (Further assessment pending.)  After Lacey's owner passed away earlier this year, Lacey moved in with her owner's daughter.   Despite several months of work, Lacey could not be left with the resident small breed dog reliably.  Due to Lacey's prey drive homes with cats or small-breed dogs will not be considered.  She is also not a candidate for dog parks.

Lacey would be happiest in a home where she will not be left for long hours every day.  A few hours a day would be fine, but she is very people focused and will not be happy being left long days alone.

Further details about Lacey will be posted as we get to know her.

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.