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.

Friday, March 27, 2015



Happy boy Porter arrived in our care on March 26 and is getting settled in foster care.

Porter was picked up as a stray and spent a month in a municipal pound before being turned over to us.  We estimate his age to be 4-5 years.

Back from the groomer and looking spiffy!

A friendly boy with lots of energy, Porter made fast friends with the other dogs at his foster home.  He sure loves to play!  He could happily join a home with other well socialized dogs to romp and play with.

Porter is a spunky boy who likes people and is very friendly.  After being in a pound for a month he has a lot of energy to burn off.  We expect that he will settle a bit in coming days now that he has an outlet for his energy.  He is in need of some refresher work on basic obedience and manners, and supervision in the kitchen becasue he's a counter cruiser!  Silly boy!


Porter has been checked by our vet and other than needing to put on considerable muscle mass, he is in good shape.  A full wellness blood panel was done and all is well.    He is UTD on vaccines and will be neutered on March 31.

Porter is currently in the Toronto area.  His approved adopters will be required to pick him up in person.  A $500 adoption donation applies.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015



Our newest arrival, 8 year old Wilbur will soon be searching for a loving family to enjoy his senior years with.  This sweet boy has been living in a kennel for several years and is ready to begin his new life.

He arrived in our care in March 17 and was seen by our vet on the 18th.  Sweetie-pie Wilbur is in need of some TLC.   Underweight, badly matted, suffering from ear infections and sores on his skin, Wilbur is not healthy enough to vaccinate at this time.  Wilbur lacks muscle and has significant hind end muscle wasting and drags his back feet.  This is most likely caused by a neurological issue such as degenerative myelopathy.  He is able to get around without issues and is coping well.

He has a significant arrhythmia and will be seeing a cardiologist at the end of the month to come up with a plan of action.  Due to his heart condition we will not be neutering Wilbur.

Wilbur visited our groomer and due to excessive matting the decision was made to shave his fur off.  He's all cleaned up and feeling MUCH better now that the dirty, matted fur is gone! 
Wilbur on intake, badly matted
All cleaned up!

Wilbur is a sweet boy who loves people and wants nothing more than to be loved.   

More details about Wilbur will be coming in the next couple of days as we get a clear picture of his health needs.

Wilbur is being fostered in Mississauga ON and his approved adopters will be required to pick him up in person.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

100 Gift Cards in 100 Days!

It wouldn't be March Break without Ty and Riley coming up with another fabulous idea to help Newf Friends and HART!

Carrying on their annual tradition, this year, 10 year old Ty and his 8 year old brother Riley have once again organized a super fundraiser -- over the next 100 days they hope to collect 100 pet related gift cards for Newf Friends and HART!

Why gift cards this year?  Gift cards to pet supply stores enable our foster families to pick up the supplies that they need to care for their fosters.   Some examples of items that foster families go through a lot of: leashes, collars, dog beds, toys, grooming sprays and supplies, and more.  When pups come into foster care we need  puppy pads, dishes and puppy pens.  Sometimes new fosters need to be set up with basic fostering supplies like crates, grooming tools, puppy gates and more.  And one thing we use a lot of are grooming services -- although we try hard to do most of our own grooming, many of the Newfs who come into our care are in need of professional grooming when they first arrive.

The great thing about gift cards is we can mail them out to our foster families across Ontario as needed so they can get the supplies they need quickly without great expense for us to ship the items to them.

If you would like to donate a gift-card to Ty and Riley's fundraiser there are a few ways you can do that:

Online gift cards can be emailed to newf.friends@gmail.com
You can snail mail gift cards to Newf Friends PO Box 1139 Bancroft, ON K0L 1C0
Or you can  email us to find out where to drop off your donation or meet up with a volunteer.
Gifts cards to large chains operating in Ontario are ideal because most of our foster families will be able to use them.  Having said that, we'd love gift cards to smaller independent stores too if they are in an area where we have several foster families.  Our busiest foster areas are: Mississauga, Brantford, Guelph, and Kanata.

Monday, March 16, 2015


Gentle, friendly and sweet as can be, Roly is a lovable boy who is looking for a fabulous family to call his own.  He is a well mannered, quiet boy who loves to be around people and will make a great addition to one lucky family.
This loving 6 year old boy came to us through no fault of his own when his owners decided to move to a condo.

Roly is gentle around children and could join a family with kids.  Pictured below is Roly laying close by the kids in his foster home as they read.  Awwwww.

On intake Roly weighed a very unhealthy 185 lbs, his goal weight is 130 lbs.  We have ruled out thyroid issues - diet and exercise should do the trick to help him reach his goal weight.  We have started him on a good, healthy, grain free diet (chicken free due to an allergy) and have begun easing him into an exercise routine.  He has a nasty ear infection which we are treating and hope to have cleared up shortly.

Despite his weight issues, his joint health is fairly good -- lucky for him!  His tolerance for exercise is very low at this point but improves daily and we are confident that we can get Roly healthy and in shape.  An adoptive family who have the time and commitment to help get Roly moving and grooving his way to a healthy weight will be ideal for him.

Born on March 19, 2009 he is just 6 years young and with a new healthy lifestyle we hope to see him hopping around soon like a happy 6 year old Newf should.  Roly is pictured below on intake March 15.Unfortunately, due to excessive matting right down to his skin we could not save his coat and he had to be shaved. 

 Roly lived as the only dog in his home, but he is gentle with other dogs and could join a family with another four footed companion, or he would be equally happy to be the only dog. 

He met some cats in his foster home and is a little frightened by them, but totally gentle.  Such a sweet boy! 

Roly is being fostered in the Brantford area and his approved adopters will be required to pick him up in person. An adoption donation of $500 applies.


Monday, March 2, 2015

Newf Friends’ Spring Fundraising Event

Bring your whole family, fur and non- furbearing out for a fun filled afternoon to support Newfoundland dogs in the Newf Friends Program!

The event will feature:
Face painting
Live music
Bake Sale for human and doggie consumption
Silent auction
Newf Drawn Cart rides
Easter and novelty items for sale

It is a ‘pawsitively’ fabulous cause to support!

Saturday, March 28/15
at Dunbarton-Fairport United Church
1066 Dunbarton Rd Pickering, ON

See you there!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Adopter Update: Maddie



Hello Newf Friends!

It has been one year since we brought Maddie home and I thought I'd give everyone an update on her.

Maddie is our first Newf and we absolutely adore her. She has adjusted very well to life with three canine brothers and everyone gets along wonderfully.  She enjoys riding in the car, walking around the college campus near our home, rolling down the hill in our backyard, and taking naps (usually in our bed, until she wants to cool off on the tile floor).  Maddie is currently enrolled in obedience classes and I hope to one day make her a therapy dog.  She turns heads everywhere we go and we get many compliments on not only her looks, but her demeanor as well.  She likes everyone, but is definitely her Mama's girl!  Although she is a non-standard color, she is an excellent ambassador for the breed - calm, gentle, loyal, loving, smart.

We can't thank Newf Friends enough, especially Tami and Kailee, for matching us with our sweet girl and taking care of her until we picked her up. Maddie brightens our lives and makes us smile everyday. Thanks to her we have fallen in love with the breed and we hope to always have a Newfie in our lives.

Thank you!

Sara and Jake


Friday, January 30, 2015

Adopter Update: Cash

It has been a year since Cash walked in my door and became a "foster
failure". I have not regretted one minute of having him in my life.
He and Calder (my 3 yr old yellow lab) constantly amuse and delight
all they meet.  Cash has a gentle spirit but also seems to have an
acute sense of humour.  I'm not sure how he manages to smile and roll
his eyes at the same time when he thinks I'm being too silly.  He can
be an elderly statesman one minute, and then in the next a carefree
He has taught me a great deal...not to stress the small stuff (like
giant clumps of black fur), and that this gentle giant of a dog has
the capabilty of expanding one's heart.    He has left a very big
footprint in my life.
Bravo to Newf Rescue.  Thank-you for all you do.....
Carol Jeffrey and Cash

Wednesday, January 28, 2015



Riley is super friendly and loves to be around people!  He's a happy, goofy, playful boy who is looking for an active family to call his own.

Born March 1, 2014 Riley is just a pup at 1 year of age.  He is a Great Pyrenees/Bernese Mountain Dog/Newf mix and is cute as ever! 

Riley is friendly and social, enjoys attention and is eager to please.  He responds well to clear direction from a confident handler.  Like a typical young male, he can be a bit stubborn at times, but with kind and clear expectations laid out he has quickly learned what is expected of him. He is very eager to please, has excellent leash manners and house manners....well, except for occasionally counter surfing!

Riley has started attending obedience classes and has proven himself to have excellent focus -- he's a great candidate for someone who is interested in doing obedience and working dog activities.  The mental and physical stimulation needed for this type of work is exactly what Riley needs.

Riley has done very well meeting and playing with many new dogs since he arrived in foster care. His surrendering family did have some difficulty with him and another dog, but so far we have not seen any indication of issues with other dogs at all.  In this video he is being goofy and playful with several dogs at his foster home. 

Riley is a boisterous boy who plays hard so is best suited to a home where he will have a playmate of comparable size, and who is very well mannered around other dogs.  He can become overstimulated easily, so a companion who is mellow and will calmly correct him when he plays too hard will be a great benefit for him.  He is not suited to a home with another dog who also becomes overstimulated easily.  He is also not suited to a home where he will not have a playmate -- this boy loves to romp and wrestle so he definitely should have a four footed pal to play with!

Due to his breed mixture Riley is not suitable for being off lead in an unsecured area -- for this reason we are only considering applications where there is a securely fenced yard for him to play in off lead.  His foster mom has started assessing him at dog parks and he is doing very well greeting new dogs and playing.  Again, a fenced dog park is necessary since his off lead recall is still a work in progress (he suffers from selective hearing!)

He is best suited to an adoptive family that is experienced with giant breed dogs, and who are interested in pursing training activities with him to harness his energy and keep him mentally stimulated.  He is not a suitable dog for first time dog owners or people who are not well versed in the training and care of giant breed dogs.  Because he is a young, boisterous boy, homes with young children are not a suitable match for him.

Riley has been vet checked, is UTD on vaccines and has been neutered.

To be considered for adopting Riley please complete our adoption application and email it back to us.  Riley is being fostered in the Mississauga area and his approved adopters will be required to pick him up in person. An adoption donation of $500 applies.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Adopter Update: Ruthie

Visiting Friends
Ruthie has been with us for a year now. In that time she has had many fun adventures. Attached are just a few. 
Thank you very much for helping Ruthie find a way into our family! 
All the best.
John and Kerry


Posing for moody photos in the fog

Playing watchdog

Spending time with Grandpa

Going out on the town

Making stew


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Adopter Update: Daphne

Hi Tami:
Happy new year, hope you had a lovely holiday.
Thought I would give you an update on my little girl Daphne.  What a treasure!  She is the type of dog that you can’t help but love and she loves everybody.  Thank you again for placing her with us.  Thought you might get a kick out of these photos of her.  Now that I have moved to Innisfil I have bought my own horse, Daphne loves him and gives him kisses whenever she can…………LOL
Take care
Best regards,