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.

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!

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

Tuesday, June 9, 2015



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.  We will be testing her with a variety of dogs in the coming days to get a better assessment of her doggie social skills.

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.  She had been experiencing some neck pain and was briefly on an anti-inflammatory to address it.  She appears to be fine now.  We are continuing to monitor her.

Portia is taking estrogen once weekly for urinary incontinence, a fairly common condition in spayed females,  and the meds are effective in completely controlling the bladder leakage. 

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!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Paws, Pages and Music

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Join us Thursday May 14th for a fundraising celebration for the release of Free Days with George! 
A heartwarming, true story about George, adopted from Newf Friends in 2009, who helps his owner rediscover love and happiness. 

  • Meet the author Colin Campbell and his Newf George
  • Live Music
  • Silent and Live Auction, (check out the list below. Awesome!)
  • Hosted by Melissa, morning show host on KX94.7
  • Hors d'oeuvres and drinks
  • Newf Friends volunteers on hand with dogs to welcome & thank you for your tremendous support 
  • All proceeds go to Newf Friends Newfoundland Dog Rescue!

Thursday, May 14th, 2015
Gibson Brands Showroom 1205 King St., West, Toronto, Ontario
6:30 pm

Tickets $25 at the door
This is a 19+ event

If you are unable to attend the event, you can still join in on the fun.  Advance bidding on auction items is NOW OPEN!  Visit our advance bidding page to learn more and to see what is available for advance bidding.

Click here for ADVANCE BIDDING

Some of the amazing auction items donated so far include:
  • Hotel, Tickets and VIP backstage passes to meet Nickleback in Ottawa and receive a signed guitar (winners need to provide own transportation)
  •  Weekend getaway for four at a waterfront Prince Edward County cottage, including a  full day wine tour from Prince Edward County Wine Tours including transportation to and from the cottage.  What a great girls weekend getaway!!!
  • A “Free Day with George” –You and 6 friends will spend the day with George at a fabulous waterfront property.  The day will be filled with all of George's favorite activities - including a special lunch prepared for you  How great is this!?
  • Signed Guitar from John Cougar Mellencamp
  •  10 x 15 custom colour digital illustration of you and your dog by comic book illustrator Jim Rodgers www.3PU.ca  You can name the setting: fantasy, pirates, sword and sorcery, something of your own concoction, or just plain old modern day.  You will receive a printed poster and a print-ready digital version.
  • Festival Passes
  • Bacardi Gift basket
  • MAC Cosmetics Gift basket
  • Signed Zdeno Chara Hockey Jersey
  • TSN Studio Tour with Gino Reda, host of TSN’s “That’s Hockey”
  • Tickets to Van Halen, Molson Amphitheatre, August
  • Tickets to Toronto Blue Jays
  • Stunning jewellery items 
  • Gift baskets galore!
    And so much more!
Thank you to Gibson Brands for hosting and running this fabulous event
Runaway Angel and Meghan Patrick for providing entertainment
KX 94.7 New Country FM for promoting our event
Penguin/Random House Publishing
Bacardi and Steam Whistle for providing beverages
Palais Royale for catering the event
All of the generous donors
and to Colin and George!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Purchase Free Days with George

Free Days with George is a book written by Newf Friends adopter Colin Campbell. Colin adopted George from Newf Friends in 2009 and this book is about their life together.

A heartwarming, true story about George, a rescue dog who helps his owner rediscover love and happiness. Marley & Me meets Tuesdays with Morrie and The Art of Racing in the Rain--get your tissues ready, animal lovers! 

All proceeds of books ordered through Newf Friends go directly to our rescue. How wonderful is that?!?!

We are taking pre-orders now and books will be shipped mid May 2015 once the book is launched.

Also available are a limited number of books personally signed by the author!

Shipping is not included in the price of the book. It will be added during the checkout process. 


A heartwarming, true story about George, a rescue dog who helps his owner rediscover love and happiness. Marley & Me meets Tuesdays with Morrie and The Art of Racing in the Rain--get your tissues ready, animal lovers!

After Colin Campbell went on a short business trip abroad, he returned home to discover his wife of many years had moved out. No explanations. No second chances. She was gone and wasn't coming back. Shocked and heartbroken, Colin fell into a spiral of depression and loneliness. 

Soon after, a friend told Colin about a dog in need of rescue—a neglected 140-pound Newfoundland Landseer, a breed renowned for its friendly nature and remarkable swimming abilities. Colin adopted the traumatized dog, brought him home and named him George. Both man and dog were heartbroken and lacking trust, but together, they learned how to share a space, how to socialize, and most of all, how to overcome their bad experiences. At the same time, Colin relived childhood memories of his beloved grandfather, a decorated war hero and a man who gave him hope when he needed it most.

Then everything changed. Colin was offered a great new job in Los Angeles, California. He took George with him and the pair began a new life together on the sunny beaches around L.A. George became a fixture in his Hermosa Beach neighborhood, attracting attention and giving affection to everyone he met, warming hearts both young and old. Meanwhile, Colin headed to the beach to rekindle his love for surfing, but when George encountered the ocean and a surfboard for the first time, he did a surprising thing—he jumped right on the board. Through surfing, George and Colin began a life-altering adventure and a deep healing process that brought them back to life. As their story took them to exciting new heights, Colin learned how to follow George’s lead, discovering that he may have rescued George but that in the end, it was George who rescued him. 

Free Days with George is an uplifting, inspirational story about the healing power of animals, and about leaving the past behind to embrace love, hope and happiness.



Not yet available for adoption:  On medical hold pending recovery from elbow surgery.  Expected adoption availability date of mid-August.

Handsome boy Junior arrived on April 19th and has been undergoing extensive behavioural and medical assessments.  He is doing very well and we have a clear plan of action to address his health needs. 

All ready for swim season!
Born March 27, 2013 Junior is two years old.  His owner's allergies were not manageable so the decision was made to rehome him.

Junior lived as the only dog with his family, but he does get along with other dogs and has done very well meeting the dogs in his foster home.  He could happily join a family with another well socialized dog.   He  lived in a home with a cat so could join a family with a feline friend too.  What a good boy!

Junior knows some basic commands but needs work on leash manners. He has started to attend obedience classes with his foster mom and he has done very well.  Bravo Junior!

Junior has been vaccinated and neutered.  On June 25 he underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove "joint mice" from his elbows and we expect a full recovery and great improvement in his mobility.  This procedures gives him the very best chance at a long, happy, pain free life with good mobility. His mobility is not compromised at this time, but long term, he will be best suited to a home with few or no stairs.  

Junior's foster mom has been working hard to socialize him and to make up for a lack of exposure to training opportunities in his life.  Junior hasn't had many opportunities to meet new people prior to arriving at Newf Friends so he can be spooky with introductions, and hand shy.  He is in the care of a fabulous foster mom who is helping him learn to trust people and to blossom into a wonderful boy. With a confident and experienced handler at his side, Junior is making steady progress.

He has been testing the limits in his foster home, seeing what he can get away with, including showing some mild resource guarding, all of which is easily corrected by his foster mom.  He responds very well to direction and has great potential with someone who has time to teach him the basics and build trust and confidence.  He is making steady progress already!  Junior is suited to an experienced owner and would not be suitable for a first time dog owner.

This sensitive boy is showing some moderate separation anxiety issues and we will be working to help him cope better with alone time. He shows great improvement daily.  Routine, structure and kindness are really paying off for this boy. His foster mom has made great strides with him in a short time!

He is being fostered in the Mississauga area.  His approved adopters will be required to pick him up in person. An adoption donation applies and will be determined once we know his long term training and health needs.

Saturday, April 11, 2015


Thanks to Liz Bradley for the picture - http://elizabethandjane.ca/

Happy girl Sox is looking for a fabulous family to call her own. She is a friendly Newf who loves people and gets along with everyone she meets.  She is looking for a home where she will gets lots of love and care. Her foster mom says, "She is UBER affectionate. With the slightest invitation she'll be at your feet for some cuddle time or flopped over for belly rubs."  :)

Thanks to Liz Bradley for the picture - http://elizabethandjane.ca/
Sox and her brother Shoez came to us on April 11th after much careful thought and consideration by their loving owner.  Both dogs have been well loved and cared for, but many life changes beyond their owner's control made it apparent that Sox and Shoez were no longer having their needs met.  Their owner made the best choice for these two lovely dogs and entrusted Newf Friends with finding them loving homes.

Thanks to Liz Bradley for the picture - http://elizabethandjane.ca/
Sox is a playful girl who was born on May 15, 2009 so is just about 6 years young.  She knows basic commands, including: sit, down, rollover, here, paw, leave it, stay, etc.  She is really bright and picks up training easily.  She is doing great in her basic obedience class.  She would be a perfect match for someone interested in doing therapy work.

She is great when left home alone - she has no separation anxiety, she's not destructive, never gets into trouble, perfectly housetrained, etc.

Thanks to Liz Bradley for the picture - http://elizabethandjane.ca/
Soz uses her voice sparingly (eg. doesn't alert bark),is really polite with house guests, big and small, human or canine.  She never jumps up, etc.  She seems fond of kids, enjoys being pet by them, etc. (she would knock over tiny kids though - goofy girl!)
Sox is great off leash in safe areas and has good recall. She keeps a close eye on her humans and never leaves your sight. She would be great for light hiking trails, etc.  
An avid swimmer, Sox would love to find a family who will take her to the lake for lots of swim sessions!  She also loves to romp and play, so an equally active family would suit her well.  Her foster mom recommends about an hour of exercise per day.  It will guarantee weight loss, and great for getting her into shape.  Any more, and she will be sore the next day -- but that may improve as she continue to get into shape.   She has no mobility issues at all, no hesitation getting up, etc.

Thanks to Liz Bradley for the picture - http://elizabethandjane.ca/
Sox loves to play with other dogs and has excellent doggie social skills.  She greets calmly and plays very well,   She could live with a playful male or female dog, or would be equally happy being the only dog and soaking up all of the attention herself!

Her family tells us that she finds it difficult containing herself near cats or small animals, so she is best suited to a cat-free home.

Sox is spayed and other than needing to drop a few (many!) pounds, she is in good shape.  So far she has dropped quite a bit of weight since arriving in foster care but still has work to do!

She has been brought up to date on basic vaccines.  She is allergic to turkey, chicken and beef  but does well on other foods.  She has received regular vet care throughout her life, has been fed a healthy raw diet and has known much love.

Sox has an inverted vulva which makes her susceptible to irritation, hopefully as she drops the excess pounds this will improve dramatically.Keeping the area clean and dry has cleared up all irritation and she is doing very well now.

Her foster mom says, " She is seriously awesome. Something about her loyal, loving and goofiness - she is really special.  She has these big soft eyes that make everyone feel very loved.   We have fostered  50 or so dogs and she is definitely one that will leave a mark. :)" 

 Sox is being fostered in the Ottawa area and her approved adopters will be required to pick her up in person.  We will consider homes within a one day drive of her location, including parts of Ontario, Quebec, and neighbouring States including NY, PA, NJ, VT and more.  An adoption donation of $500 applies.

Sox made her TV debut on Animal House Calls on June 2...here are some shots form the green room and the set:

Have a look at this cute video her foster family made!