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, 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 dogs and cats. She is currently living with another Newf in foster care. She could join a home with another well mannered dog.  What a good girl!

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!


Monday, June 22, 2015

Join us for the Newf Rescue Parade!

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It's time to register for the Newfoundland Dog Club of Canada National Specialty Newf Rescue Parade! We hope to see you there!

The NDCC has once again invited all rescued Newfs to strut their stuff in the Rescue Parade.  On Saturday, Sept 5 there will be a Newf Rescue Parade to celebrate all of the wonderful rescue dogs we all love so much. The Newfs who are registered for the parade will have their photo and a brief write-up in the show catalogue, will receive gifts, will be photographed with the group for the Newf News and will get to strut their stuff in the parade.

To enter your Newf in the parade please contact Cathy at ndccnewfnews@gmail.com

The NDCC Specialty runs from Sept 3-6 and will include water tests, draft tests, obedience, rally and conformation. It will be a great weekend so please plan to attend! There will be tons of Newfs there, and of course Newf Friends will have a booth selling our awesome merchandise (our 2016 calendar will be released that weekend!) We hope to see many of you there for the whole weekend. Here are the details for the Specialty http://www.2015ndccnational.ndfa.ca/Home.php

Let's make this parade bigger than ever!
Get those registrations in!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015


July 22, 2015: I've been adopted!

Lovely gal Portia arrived in our care on June 8 and is doing very well in foster care.

This social girl is friendly and has nice house manners.  She knows basic commands and is a sweet girl who loves attention.
Portia has lived with another dog and gets along with well mannered dogs.  She could join a home with another four legged playmate, or she would be perfectly content to be the only dog.

She has never lived with cats, but she does chase rabbits, etc. so a home without small animals is needed.

Portia is best suited to an adult only family. She can become over stimulated when around children.  Homes where children live or visit often will not be considered.


Born on October 19, 2009 this lovely girl is 5 years old, has been spayed and is current on her vaccines.  We have completed bloodwork and everything looks great.

Portia is taking estrogen once weekly for urinary incontinence, a fairly common condition in spayed females.  No worries, the meds are effective in completely controlling the bladder leakage. She has no accidents since taking this medication. With a simple does once a week she is problem free!

Portia is being fostered in the Hamilton area and her approved adopters will be required to pick her up in person. An adoption donation of $500 applies.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015


June 26: I was adopted!

Katie is a beautiful 8 year old sweet heart who is looking for a loving family to call her own. She is a mellow, quiet girl who is looking for a slower paced family to call her own.

A Canadian CH and retired breeding dog, she has been well loved her whole life.  She was placed into a loving pet home by her breeder, but her owner is now facing significant health issues necessitating that Katie find a family where she will get all of the exercise, attention and care that she needs.  Katie is from a reputable kennel and her breeder continues to provide support for Katie's care and we are working in collaboration with her breeder to find Katie the perfect forever family.

Katie (middle) poses with her mom (left) and her daughter (right)

This gentle girl is well mannered, gets along with other dogs and cats, travels well, knows basic commands and is an all around fabulous catch.   Such a good girl!  Katie is a social girl who loves people and would be a wonderful candidate for therapy work.  Her dam was also a therapy dog.
 Katie has been spayed and is  up to date on core vaccines.  Born June 28/07 she is in good health and currently weighs 108 lbs.  Katie's hips are in good shape.  She has advanced arthritis in her knees which was making her stiff and sore so she is now taking metcam to keep her comfortable. It is hoped that as she puts on some muscle mass and builds up her back end that her metacam can be reduced/discontinued.  She is able to get around well and with swimming and proper daily exercise we expect to see great improvement soon.

Katie is being fostered in the Bancroft, ON area.  We will consider homes within a 1 day drive of her location -- this includes parts of Ontario, Quebec, NY, NJ, PA, OH and more.  Her approved adopters must pick her up in person (you will need a passport to cross the border from the US to Canada if you are in the States.)

An adoption donation of $400 to Newf Friends will apply.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Adopter Update: Davey

Hey Newf –Friends!

Davey has been with us for 7 months now. He has settled in very nicely, adjusting to his new home with his two human brothers as well as 2 kittens to play with.

Here is at Christmas time, all dressed up in the Christmas spirit! 


Although he had to be shaved when he arrived at newf-friends, his coat is growing in nicely. Two weeks ago we took Davey to the cottage for the first time and discovered that Davey is indeed a water loving Newf! Within 15 minutes of arriving, he found his way into the water. He swam while we were kayaking as well as fetching sticks. And enjoyed lying out on the deck afterward….keeping a close eye on the BBQ, of course!


Last week we went for a hike along the French River on the way home from the cottage.

Today he was at the groomer where he received his summer cut. Although he isn’t shaved, his hair was cut to around an inch long and his undercoat was brushed out. This will be perfect for all the swimming that he will be doing! 


Davey is doing great! He has been a great addition to our family!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Paws, Pages and Music wrap-up

A huge thank you goes out to everyone who came out and supported us at the Paws, Pages and Music event on Thursday.  The night was a great success bringing in $10,000 for Newf Friends and everyone had a fabulous time.
Thank you to Colin and George for including us in their book launch for Free Days with George (order your copy from us today!)
We'd like to offer a HUGE THANK YOU to Tina from Gibson Brands for all of her hard work organizing this amazing evening, getting so many awesome donations and for putting on a great event.  We can't thank you enough Tina!
Also thanks so much to the awesome musicians who donated their time to entertain us. Thank you to Meghan Patrick and to Runaway Angel.
Thanks also to Steffan from Palais Royale for catering the event, Bacardi and Steamwhistle for providing beverages, and to the many, many donors of the incredible auction items.
Thanks everyone!