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, April 13, 2014

Spring Thaw means Dangerous Waterways!

Warmer weather, rain and melting snow are sure signs of spring.  This also means ice conditions are very dangerous on ponds, rivers and lakes.  Rising water levels and spring run off make for fast moving water and strong currents.  Pets can break through thin ice or fall into rapid running water and be swept away in the blink of an eye.
Each year family pets are lost due to unsafe waterways.  Don't let your companion be a victim.  Keep pets safe --  prevent drowning and deadly hypothermia by ensuring that dogs and other pets are kept away from water during the spring thaw.  Swimming season will be here before you know it, keep pets out of and away from water until then!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

National Volunteer Week

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April 6 - 12, 2014 is National Volunteer Week -- a time to show appreciation for all of the volunteers who give their time to make their communities a better place.  

It takes a team to run a rescue and here at Newf Friends we are fortunate to have a truly phenomenal group of volunteers.   Thank you to each and every one of you!

If you'd like to get involved with Newf Friends we'd love to hear from you!  There's lots of ways to help out so you don't need to jump in with both feet if you're more of a stick-your-toe-in-the-pool kind of person.

A few key areas we always need help with:

1. Foster Homes - short or long term - this is our greatest need. Most of all we need fosters who offer home-like settings and a structured environment. This can be a home with or without other dogs.
2. Fundraising -- we need help with fundraising in any capacity. We are not only looking for people to help out with this but we need someone to fill the role of Fund-raising Coordinator--overseeing all fund raising initiatives.

3. Home visit volunteers -- we always need people who can do a home assessment for us to assess potential adopters across the province

4. Help with transport - this could be driving a Newf to the vet, picking a newf up from a surrendering family and bringing them to a foster home, or helping with a leg of transport across the nation. Whatever you can manage.

5. Intakes/Assessments -- this would involve meeting with a surrendering family and assessing/possibly picking up the dog and all of the paper work involved with that.

6. Behavioural assessment/training -- any pros out there who can spare some time?

7. Photographers -- sometimes the dogs are too far away for me to go and photograph them so we need volunteers in different areas who are skilled at capturing the perfect petfinder picture. You would need to be able to visit foster homes to take pictures of
dogs. Not all of our foster families have cameras!

8. Reference checks -- We need volunteers to check personal and vet reference of potential adopters.

9. Writing a newsletters, articles and more.

10. Anything else you can think of -- we always need help!

So please, if you have been thinking about helping rescue but are not sure of what to do to help, drop us a line and let us know you are available -- we'll find something for you to do!  Our volunteer and foster applications can be found at http://newf-friends.blogspot.ca/p/contact-us.html

Saturday, April 5, 2014


Thank you everyone for all of the support!  Today we hit 5000 likes on our facebook page!
Head on over and celebrate with us!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Adopter Update: Katie

Adopter Update:  Katie
Everyone say awwwwww! Check out Katie with the newest foal on her farm.  She takes her job of retrieving him very seriously.
Her mom says the foal will even follow Katie around like a puppy!  How cute!  Way to go Katie!

Sunday, March 16, 2014


2014 - 007

Say hello to Diesel, a goofy and lovable boy who arrived in our care on March 16.   This friendly boy gets along with everyone he meets and is just a big love bug.

Diesel was surrendered to us with his sister Bella when their loving owner had changes in their life and could no longer provide the level of care that these wonderful dogs require.  It is clear that Diesel and Bella were very well loved.

This sweet boy lived with another Newf and would be happy to join a home with another well mannered, mellow dog.  He plays well with other dogs and is friendly and social, although he would be best in a home without a dominant male who would challenge him.

Diesel was born on December 14, 2010 and is a happy, healthy fella.  His vaccines are UTD and he will be neutered shortly.

Diesel is being fostered in the Bancroft area.  An adoption donation of $500 applies.




Pretty gal Bella arrived at Newf Friends on March 16th and is getting settled into her foster home.

Bella was surrendered to us with her brother Diesel when their loving owner had changes in their life and could no longer provide the level of care that these wonderful dogs require.  It is clear that Diesel and Bella were very well loved.

Bella is a friendly gal who loves people and enjoys getting lots of attention.   She lived with another Newf and gets along with well mannered dogs.  We will be assessing her in other situations for a better understanding of her needs.

Bella was born on October 25, 2009 and is a healthy 4 year old girl. She has been spayed and her vaccines will be brought up to date shortly.

She is currently under assessment in foster care and details will be posted as we get to know her better.
Bella is being fostered in Kanata and her approved adopters will be required to pick her up in person.  An adoption donation of $500 applies.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Photos with the Easter Bunny!

It's that time again!  Join Newf Friends on Saturday, April 19th  from 12-4pm for our annual Photos with the Easter Bunny event at Dunbarton Fairport United Church in Pickering, ON.
Bring your whole family out for a fun filled afternoon!  Four footed family members are welcomed!  Hope to see you there!

Monday, March 10, 2014

100 Items in 100 Days

It's March Break and once again 9 year old Ty and 7 year old Riley are kicking off another amazing project!  These boys are so awesome!

You may recall that last year the boys pledged to collect 100 toys in 100 days, and not only did they meet that goal, but they far exceeded it!  Thanks to Ty and Riley, and our generous donors and supporters, all of Newf Friends and HART's fosters have toys to play with at their foster homes!

This year the boys are looking for donations of other much needed items: leashes, collars and dog beds!  The items are shared between Newf Friends and the all breed rescue HART that we operate under. 

If you would like to help the boys out by donating a collar, leash or dog bed there are a few ways you can donate:

  • To drop items off in person within Ontario, email us to find a volunteer near you
  • Items or gift cards can be mailed to Newf Friends at PO Box 1139 Bancroft, ON K0L 1C0 Canada
  • Cash donations to go towards the boys purchasing the items themselves can be sent to us by clicking the Donate button at the top of the page, just put a comment that the funds are for the 100 items in 100 days drive.


 A big thank you once again to Ty and Riley for being not only great fosters to so many animals in need, but for being fantastic volunteers who go above and beyond to help out rescued animals.  You boys are the best!


Friday, February 28, 2014

Adopter Update - Blue

Blue sure has come a long way from a life of living outside as a brood bitch. She joined her new family at the beginning of February and is doing FABULOUS!

Blue's Mom reports that Blue has been fantastic with all people and that she and her Newf sister Layla got along from the moment they met. They do everything together and there have been zero issues (you may recall that Blue had issues with other dogs when she first came into rescue**). We couldn't be happier for Blue and look forward to more updates!!

Walking with her Mom & sister Layla
Stroll on a beach with Dad & Layla
Daddy's girl!!
Cuddle time
Snooze time
Playing with her sister!

See those 2 lumps? Blue & Layla enjoying the snowfall
Sisters from another mother

** Read Blue's original story here: http://newf-friends.blogspot.ca/2014/01/blue.html

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Exciting News!

We are very excited to announce our new project called the 
Breeder Referral Program.
Our goal with this project is to give potential puppy purchasers easy access to a list of available pups from responsible breeders.  

We will be maintaining an up-to-date list of  Newfoundland Dog breeders across Canada who are members of the Newfoundland Dog Club of Canada (NDCC) and who have pups available, or expect to have pups available within the next year.

This breeder referral program goes hand in hand with our ongoing education campaign to help  future Newf owners find their way to good breeders and avoid being tricked by lousy BYB and puppy producers.  

and please spread the word that a list of current and upcoming Newf litters in Canada is now available!