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

Follow us on Facebook for daily updates and to hear about all of the happenings at Newf Friends Newfoundland Dog Rescue www.facebook.com/NewfFriends/

Surrendering your Newf:
If you're thinking about rehoming your Newf you can reach us by email at newf.friends@gmail.com


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.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017 Calendars still available!

Happy "Newf" Year!
Have you hung up your Newf Friends calendar? Marleigh is this month's model, such a pretty girl! 

If you don't have your Newf Friends calendar yet, no worries, you can still order one! Not only is this large size calendar filled with gorgeous colour photos of the Newfs who have come through our program, but the best part is, 100 % of the funds from the sale of the calendars come to our rescue to help the Newfs in our foster program. Here's the link to our awesome online store.....happy shopping!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Thanks for your support

Look at all of those beautiful faces--our 2016 happy endings! 

Thanks to the generosity of our donors and supporters we were able to help each of these dogs get the care they needed and find a loving forever family this year. Thanks for your support everyone!

A HUGE THANK YOU also goes out to the amazing veterinarians who are so supportive of our rescue efforts and help us provide top quality care to every dog in our program. This includes the teams at Apsley Veterinary ServicesClarkson Village Animal HospitalSouth Tower Animal HospitalAlmonte Veterinary ServicesKawartha Veterinary Emergency ClinicBurlington Veterinary Emergency and Referral HospitalBridle Trail Veterinary ClinicBlair Animal Hospital and Foster Park Pet Hospital to name a few.

And of course, a very special thank you goes out to our AMAZING team of foster families and volunteers who work tirelessly and always go above and beyond for all of the dogs in our program. It takes a team to run a rescue and we are so lucky to have such a phenomenal group of committed volunteers. Thank you all for your hard work, compassion and dedication.

From all of us at Newf Friends, Happy Newf Year everyone!

Saturday, December 10, 2016



Quick Adoption Overview
Available for adoption
DOB May 1, 2016
Kids 12+, as Boomer is still working on his manners
A home with a playful dog preferred
Not tested with cats
Located in Niagara Falls, ON

All About Boomer

Meet the adorable 8 month old Boomer!  This young man is full of beans the way only an adolescent male Newf can be!  He is also very intelligent, responsive to direction, and a quick learner -- a diamond in the rough.

Boomer was surrendered when his owners felt that his training needs were beyond what they could manage.  He was playing roughly with their other pets, jumping up, counter surfing, barking, and generally being a total hooligan.  Oh Boomer!  It was pretty clear that Boomer needed some training, structure, socialization and manners, and that is exactly what he's been getting from his awesome foster parents. He's doing great!  Much better.  Way to go Booms!

Boomer is thriving in a calm environment where his exercise, socialization and training needs are being met.   Once Boomer has had a bit of playtime outside, he is quiet and well behaved indoors.  He loves he relax near to his humans, or play around with his toys.  He also loves playing with his foster brother, another playful young Newf.  He's fitting into his foster home very well.

Boomer enjoys a nice game of fetch, loves working on obedience, and is eager to please. Atta boy Boomer!   He loves the water, so swimming opportunities would suit him very well.

Boomer walks well on a leash and is bright and quick to learn. He responds well to positive training techniques.  Working one-on-one with a handler, Boomer is focused and follows direction well. 
He is full of love and kisses for his owners, and very polite and friendly meeting new people too.

Boomer is reliably house trained, as well as crate trained.

When meeting new dogs, or encountering dogs while out for a walk, Boomer needs to be reminded of his manners.  He tends to bark and get worked up. Once he is familiar with a dog he is playful and wants to romp and play.  His play style is rough and tumble, so Boomer would not be a great fit with senior dogs, or dogs that have no interest in playing.

Boomer would benefit greatly from joining a home with another well mannered dog. This dog would need to be playful and tolerant of a boisterous puppy, but calm and non-reactive to help Boomer with his social skills..

His foster family have him enrolled in classes to work on his doggie social skills and manners.  He's doing very well!  An adoptive family that is willing to continue taking him to training classes will be the best fit for Boomer.  He is not suited to a first time dog owner.

Do you have enough toys yet, Boomer?  :)
Due to his training needs, and puppy energy, he is not suited to a home with young children, or frail individuals who may be injured by a boisterous pup.

Applications are now being accepted for Boomer.

Boomer is being fostered in Niagara Falls ON; his approved adopters will be required to pick him up in person.  An adoption donation will apply.


A big thanks to Jodie Etmanski Photography for Boomer's photos! 

Friday, December 9, 2016

Online Charity Auction

Newf Friends Online Charity Auction
December 9, 2016 - 8 pm EST Wednesday, December 14, 2016

All of the items have been donated to us by our generous supporters. Thank you! The funds raised through this auction go to Newf Friends Newfoundland Dog Rescue to help Newfs in need. 

Please bid generously! AUCTION RULES AND TERMS OF SALE: 
1.To bid on an item, simply enter your bid into the comment box for the photo of the item on the item's Facebook listing (be sure to post on the ORIGINAL post, not the shared post!) 
2.The starting bid for each item will be posted in the description. 
3. Please bid in increments of $10.00 or more, unless otherwise stated. Please be generous, all funds are for rescue! 
4. Winners for each item will be the highest bid as of  at 8:00 PM (EST)Wednesday, December 14, 2016.  One of the administrators will indicate winning bidders in the comment sections for the items. 
5. Preferred method of payment is via e-mail transfer to newf.friends@gmail.com or PayPal to orders@newfstock.ca 
6. Shipping costs are the responsibility of the purchaser and will be added onto the cost of the item -- we will notify you of the shipping costs. 
7. Bidders who do not have a Facebook account can view our auction online at http://newf-friends.blogspot.ca/2016/12/online-charity-auction.html and email their bid to newf.friends@gmail.com no later than 5:00 PM (EST) Wednesday, December 14, 2016.   If emailing your bid,please include a clear description of which item you are bidding on, your name, full mailing address and phone number. Please indicate your highest bid. An agent will bid in $10 increments on your behalf until the email bidder is successful or their highest bid is passed by another bidder. The agent bidding for an email bidder WILL NOT go over their highest bid and will try to obtain the lot for less if possible. 
8. All bids are per lot as described. The right is reserved to withdraw any lot prior to the sale. Newf Friends has the right to reject any bid. In the event of any dispute our decision shall be final. 
9. In the event a winning bid is withdrawn after the auction closes, the next highest bid will become the successful bidder, at the discretion of Newf Friends. 
10. Claims for errors in description must be made within 7 days after receipt. Any returns are at the buyer's expense. 
11. Any item for which the reserve bid is not met will be removed from the auction and auctioned at a later time. 
12. All proceeds of the online auction will go towards the care of Newfs in our program, with the exception of the Hatchimals which will be split 50/50 with the All-breed division of our parent organization, HART. 
13. The placement of a bid shall constitute acceptance of these terms of sale.

Thank you to our generous donors!

Happy bidding everyone!

HATCHIMALS, 2 available - donated by A Plus Electrical in Trenton, ON
This year's blockbuster children's toy! Sold out in stores, we are lucky enough to have 2 brand new, in the box, sealed HATCHIMALS available for bidding!
The winning bidder has the option of buying the second Hatchimal.  If they opt to only buy 1, the second Hatchimal will go to the second higest bidder.
Note:  Proceeds from these two items will be split between Newf Friends and our parent organization HART's All-Breed division.
Bidding in minimum $10 increments,  Opening Bid $100

HORSE DRAWN SLEIGH RIDE for 10-12 people - donated by New Dreams Farm, Stayner, ON
Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? We have a horse drawn sleigh ride up for auction!  A FABULOUS family gift, creating memories to last a lifetime.
New Dreams Farm in Stayner, ON (near Wasaga Beach) have once again generously donated a Horse Drawn Sleigh ride for 10-12 people. The sleigh ride at their farm includes a stop for homemade cookies and hot chocolate around a toasty fire. Sounds like a great way to spend a winter afternoon, doesn't it? With the holidays coming this is the perfect time to get your bid in on this unique experience - it's a fabulous gift idea for family!
Bidding in minimum 10 increments, Opening Bid $50

Photography package by Jodie Etmanski Photography
A fabulous gift for the dog lover in your life!
One location session in the Waterdown/Burlington area. 
Session for 1 Pet includes:
60 minute session time 
15 high resolution images 
Online viewing gallery 
Print release up to 5x7 in size
Can be booked anytime during 2017
Donated by Jodie Etmanski Photography
Bidding in minimum $10 increments, Opening Bid $30

WINE HOLDER - donated by New Dreams Farm, Stayner, ON
A unique holiday gift for the equestrian in your life, this wine holder stakes into the ground and holds a bottle of wine plus 4 glasses. Perfect for relaxing with friends after a trail ride!
Bidding in minimum $5 increments, Opening Bid $20

Living memory Pendant
A truly unique gift!  Send in your dog's fur to be cast in resin as a timeless keepsake of your furry loved one. This Pendant is light weight, beautiful & comes with a silver plated bail. Can be in a variety of shapes: heart (1 1/2"), oval (1 1/2" length) or square (aprox 1"). (Chain not included)
Donated by Jodie Etmanski Photography
Bidding in minimum $5 increments, Opening Bid $10

A must-have for collectors of Newf themed items, this decorative plate will be a welcome addition to any collection.
Donated by Marlis, shipping from Nova Scotia
Bidding in minimum $5 increments, Opening Bid $10

Signed Adam Graves Ranger Jersey (click image to see larger size)
Official NHL Jersey.
A unique gift for the hockey enthusiast.
Donated by Johnna
Bidding in minimum $5 increments, Opening Bid $10

Signed Copy of In the Company of Newfies: A Shared Life
by Rhona Lerman
Hardcover copy signed by the author
Donated by Tami 
Bidding in minimum $5 increments, Opening Bid $10

Dandelion Wish Resin Pendant
A unique gift for nature lovers, this gorgeous piece is handmade in Ontario.  Real dandelion seeds frozen in time in a clear resin pendant.
With a silver plated bail.  Light weight, durable, and elegant.
Oval Shaped.  Approx 1 1/2 in length. (Chain not included)
Donated by Jodie Etmanski Photography
Bidding in minimum $5 increments, Opening Bid $10

Signed copy of Free Days with George 
by Colin Campbell
Hardcover with original cover (now out of print) signed by the author
Canadian edition
Donated by Marlis
Bidding in minimum $5 increments,Opening Bid $10

A great addition to any Newf lovers yard, this piece can be mounted on a fence as a deoration or used as a garden stake (buyer to specify)
donated by Kate
Bidding in minimum $5 increments, Opening bid $10

This brand new, 500 piece puzzle from the Cobble Hill Puzzle Co has now been discontinued.  A great find for the Newf collector, and a fabulous activity for a dog loving family.
Donated by Marlis
Bidding in minimum $5 increments, Opening bid $10

Garmin Vivofit Jr (2 available)
Fitness tracker for kids ages 4-9 enables parents to track steps, activity level, sleep patterns and more.  Click here to learn more about this product.
2 available, winning bidder has the option of buying both.  If they take only 1, second place bidder may buy the second.
Donated by Johnna
Bidding in minimum $5 increments, opening bid $20

Custom Christmas Ornament 
Your dog can now be on your tree! A custom ornament created from clay with a holiday theme of your dog. Includes name plate. Send in a minimum of 3 pictures of your dogs face (front and sides), more if your dog has specific markings, and tell a little about your dog and their personality. A custom ornament will be created just for you!  So awesome!
Donated by Jodie Etmanski Photography
Bidding in minimum $5 increments, Opening Bid $10

Dress your Newf in style for your next formal affair with this adorable Tuxedo bib.  Black bib with a white tuxedo shirt and your choice of red or black bow tie and cummerbund.
Donated by Phyllis Bianchi
Biding in minimum $5 increments, Opening bid $10

NCA National Limited Edition Plate, 2012 Carlisle, PA
Artist Hope Taylor Beale

Donated by Marlis
Bidding in minimum $5 increments, Opening bid $10

 filled with Newf themed items, dog toys, and more
A grab bag filled with great pieces, all donated by a well known "Bag Lady".  LOL, many of you know who we are talking about...
She's put together a bunch of great items including books (for kids and adults), dog toys, Christmas Collar by Stacy Roderick, dog treats,  your choice of either a large or x-large tee (depends on colour chosen), Newfoundland fleece throw, choice of either Newfoundland tartan scarf or bowtie, and many other surprise items!!!!  
Bidding in minimum  $10 increments, opening bid $30

Southern CA Rescue sweatshirt, size large (bear not included)
Be outstanding in a crowd in this hot pink sweatshirt with a gorgeous Newf design!
Bidding in minimum $5 increments, opening bid $20

Sunday, December 4, 2016



Quick Adoption Overview
Arrived in our care on Dec 4/16
On medical hold until mid-late February recovering from bilateral shoulder surgery
DOB May 9, 2016
Fostered in Toronto

All about Shadow

Shadow is a friendly, well mannered boy who gets along with everyone he meets. He is a typical playful pup who likes to go for walks, play with other four footed pals, romp around and explore, and chase the occasional squirrel.

Well mannered in the house, Shadow knows his basic commands, and is an all around sweet pup.

He came to us when his loving owners were not able to meet his medical needs. Shadow suffered from osteochondritis dissecans in both of his shoulders.  We had arthroscopic surgery performed by a board certified orthopedic surgeon on January 6th and the procedure went very well.  Shadow has a few weeks of rehabilitation ahead of him, but is expected to make a full recovery and lead a long, happy pain free life.   Hooray!

Updates to follow!

Friday, November 25, 2016



Quick Adoption Overview
On medical hold until mid-February- recovering from bilateral TPLO surgery - applications are now being accepted
3 years old -- DOB Feb 10, 2014
Newf mix
Spayed, UTD Vaccines
Mollie is a fabulous dog!

Donations towards Mollie's care are greatly appreciated.  Click here for information on how to donate.

All about Mollie

Mollie is a wonderful girl with loads of love to give.  This sweet Newf mix is super friendly, adores spending time with people, loves belly rubs, chin tickles and hugs.  It is so apparent that she has known only kindness in her life. She's a charming, affectionate girl who is eager to please and just wants to be adored.

An old soul, Molly has a calm, gentle way about her.  She has excellent house manners, she is quiet and polite.  Typical of Newfs, she is a total velcro dog who follows her foster mom around and wants to lay right in the middle of everything that is happening. So cute!

She has joined a foster home with several other dogs and is well mannered with everyone -- polite and respectful. She'd be happy to join a family with another dog, or would be equally happy to be the only dog in the house.

When she arrived in foster care she was non-reactive to goats, chickens and cats, but as she started to drop her excess weight and feel better she began to show signs of prey drive.  She'd be best in a cat-free home.

Sitting in a sunbeam soaking up the warmth.  Mollie also loves napping by the fire. 
This loving and affectionate Newf mix arrived in our care on Nov 23/16 suffering from serious issues with her knees. She is a well loved gal who has known only kindness in her life, but faced with the reality of expensive surgeries and long, difficult rehabilitation, her loving owners saw no options to save her. They made the heartbreaking decision to euthanize Mollie.  A few hours before the scheduled appointment we were contacted to see if we would be willing to bring her into our program--how could we say no?

Mollie is a Newf mix -- her Dad apparently was a registered newf, mom a newf/shepherd mix.  She is about the size of a typical female Newf, although with lighter bone structure.  Her coat is thick, but not as long as a Newf's; somewhat similar to a short coated St. Bernard's coat.  She is deep chested like a Newf, and has gentle soft eyes.

On arrival Mollie was quite overweight. Her thyroid function is normal, so her weight issues appear to be diet/exercise related.  As mentioned, this gal was very well loved, and maybe she was on the receiving end of a few too many cookies..... With a healthy diet the pounds have melted off. 

The ligaments in Mollie's knees were both totally ruptured  leaving her with no stability or support in her knees and experiencing significant pain.  On December 15 she underwent bilateral TPLO surgery performed by an orthopaedic surgeon.  She is currently recovering in foster care and doing very well.  

We expect Mollie will make a full recovery and will have excellent mobility once her rehabilitation is complete. She has many months of rehab ahead of her, with the first 3 months post-op being the most intensive.  Mollie will be ready for follow-up x-rays in the middle of February, and if all is going well she could join an adoptive family at that time, provided that the family has the set-up, time and willingness to continue on with Mollie's rehabilitation which will be ongoing into the summer.

This young gal has a long, happy life ahead of her.  With your support she will be able to live her life to the fullest, pain-free and healthy. Please consider making a donation towards her care.

This lovely gal is being fostered in the Bancroft area.

Sunday, November 20, 2016




Quick Adoption Overview
DOB January 24, 2012
Spayed, UTD on vaccines
Good with children
Would be happiest as the only dog
Nov 1 update:  Routine bloodwork revealed that River is positive for Lyme disease.  We have begun treatment.  She is available for foster-to-adopt placement, meaning that she could join an adoptive home but we would not finalize her adoption until her treatment was completed.  Newf Friends will cover all costs associated with the treatment for Lyme disease.
Located in Toronto

River is a social butterfly who loves people and adores being the centre of attention.  She is a happy, goofy girl who loves belly rubs, hugs and kisses, being groomed and getting loads of love.

A playful girl, she loves to go for long walks and is crazy about swimming! Maybe a future water rescue dog??

She has nice house manners, knows some basic commands, and her leash manners are good.  

River was used for breeding for the first few years of her life, having multiple litters over a short time period.  She was then sold to a family in January of 2016 and lived with them until the decision was made to turn her over to us.   

This choice was made after an incident with the other dog in her home -- the two dogs were unsupervised while eating and a fight occurred.  It is not known who the instigator was or what happened.  Since the incident the tension between the dogs has been obvious and her owners felt that management of the issue was not realistic in their busy household.

River is living with another Newf in her foster home.  She seems to struggle with sharing attention/affection and would likely be happiest as the only dog in her home.  She is fine going out for walks and meeting dogs while on leash, etc. she just likes to be the centre of attention in her home.

Routine bloodwork revealed that River is positive for Lyme disease.  We have begun treatment.  She is available for foster-to-adopt placement, meaning that she could join an adoptive home but we would not finalize her adoption until her treatment was completed.  Newf Friends will cover all costs associated with the treatment for Lyme disease. Other than that, she appears to be in overall good health except for a mild ear infection which we are treating.

She is located in Toronto; her approved adopters will be required to pick her up in person.

An adoption donation of $500 applies