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.
Established in 2008.

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Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy "Newf" Year


As the year comes to a close we'd like to thank all the people who came together to help us improve the lives of so many Newfs.

2018 was a year of ups and downs with many challenges, some heartbreaking moments, but also an abundance of joyful happy endings. Today we are celebrating all the triumphs of the past year. Rescue is never easy work, but with the support of so many of you we made a difference and touched the lives of each of these wonderful dogs.

A special thank you goes out to our amazing group of dedicated and hardworking volunteers who give of themselves so freely. A tremendous amount of work goes into running a rescue—much of it behind the scenes. We are so fortunate to have a remarkable team who pull together to provide top-notch care to every Newf who comes through our program. Kudos go to our foster families who open their hearts and homes repeatedly, giving so much love and making a tremendous difference in the life of every single dog they foster.

Thank you also to our generous donors who continue to support our rescue program and the work we do; each of you made a profound impact on a dog's life. This year we facilitated more orthopaedic surgeries than ever before, giving Newfs with serious health issues a new lease on life. Because of our supporters we could provide excellent care for every dog in our program and meet all of their needs.

We couldn't do what we do without the incredible support and generosity of the many wonderful veterinary clinics who are so giving of their time and expertise, and provide such exceptional care to the dogs in our program. To Apsley Veterinary ServicesBridle Trail Veterinary ClinicCaledon Mountain Veterinary HospitalClarkson Village Animal HospitalSouth Tower Animal Hospital, and so many more, thank you so much for everything you do to support Newf Friends. Your compassion and kindness is so appreciated.

Happy Newf Year, everyone—may 2019 be filled with much happiness!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Marley


MARLEY
2018-017
I was adopted!

Quick Adoption Overview
DOB Oct 6, 2014
Good with other dogs -- looking for a home where she will have a four-legged companion

Located in Thornhill
Fenced yard required
Before applying to adopt a dog or emailing us with questions, please read the dog's entire bio and review our FAQ page.  Emails asking questions that are answered on that page will not be responded to.



All about Marley
Sweet gal Marley arrived on November 26 and is doing well in her foster home.  We don't know much about her past other than that she was surrendered to the SPCA before being placed with us for care.   What we do know is that she is a sweet girl who LOVES attention and just wants a family to call her own.

She has come a long way since arriving in foster care.  Her foster family have made great progress teaching her the basics and working on housebreaking.  A home where she will get loads of opportunities for training and confidence boosting is the best fit for Marley.

She has great potential and is eager to please. A sensitive girl, she needs a soft hand and gentle encouragement to help her blossom.  Her temperament is so sweet and she just wants to be loved.


Marley has issues with her hips and is currently quite overweight.  We have begun a medication regimen that is successfully managing her pain and enabling her to exercise and have fun.  She will require pain meds throughout her life, averaging about $200/month.

Now that her pain is under control, her mobility is quite good and her foster family are working on muscle building and getting her to a healthy weight. A family that is committed to working with Marley to build strength and shed her extra pounds will be the right match for her.


Her ideal home will have few or no stairs.

Her coat is fairly easy to maintain as Newfs go and she is not a heavy drooler.


Marley really enjoys the company of other dogs and plays nicely.  She is a spunky girl who loves to romp and play now that her pain is managed.  She seeks out the other dogs in her foster home for companionship and comfort and will be happiest in a home with a canine pal. A home where she would be the only dog will not be considered for her.

She has not been tested with cats in foster care but does show some interest in chasing squirrels when out walking, as many dogs do!


Marley is a social gal who loves to have people around her.  She can be anxious if left alone, although having a canine companion at her side seems to remedy this.  A home where her time home alone will be minimal is best. Long days spent alone would be stressful for her.

Due to Marley's life-long health needs, a reduced adoption donation will apply.


To be considered for adopting a dog through Newf Friends please submit a completed application, which can be found on the CONTACT US/FORMS page. Before completing an application or emailing us with questions, please review our FAQ page.  As outlined on our FAQ page, applicants who do not meet our adoption requirements (ie. no fenced play area, living in an apartment building, having young children, etc.) will not be considered -- please do not email us asking us to make an exception.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Lacey


Lacey
2018-016

I was adopted on February 2/19!

Quick Adoption Overview
DOB January 28, 2016
Located in Barrie, ON
ok with large dogs, can not go to a home with small dogs
CAT-FREE home required
Fenced yard required
Before applying to adopt a dog or emailing us with questions, please read the dog's entire bio and review our FAQ page.  Emails asking questions that are answered on that page will not be responded to.



All about Lacey


Lovely gal Lacey arrived in our care on November 17th and has settled into her foster home very well.


Lacey knows a few commands and her foster family are working on teaching her more of the basics. She is a bright girl who is eager to please and she is picking up new commands quickly.

Lacey is very much like a puppy still! Her house manners are ok, except for attempted counter cruising!   Her leash manners could use some spiffing up as well, her foster family are working on this and making great strides.   Adopters who are willing to put in some work around obedience training will be best for her.


She is an active girl who has fairly high energy and will be well suited to owners who are interested in getting out and being active with her, working her mind and body to meet her enthusiasm!  She's a spunky gal!


She is said to gets along well with other large dogs, happily living with another Newf before coming to our program, and is doing well with her foster brother.  A very well socialized large or giant breed dog who plays nicely would be a good fit as a playmate for Lacey.


Having said that, Lacey does have prey drive issues and is not reliable around small breed dogs or cats in her home.  Her surrendering family reported that she is fine walking by small breed dogs while out on leash though.  (Further assessment pending.)  After Lacey's owner passed away earlier this year, Lacey moved in with her owner's daughter.   Despite several months of work, Lacey could not be left with the resident small breed dog reliably.  Due to Lacey's prey drive homes with cats or small-breed dogs will not be considered.  She is also not a candidate for dog parks.

Lacey would be happiest in a home where she will not be left for long hours every day.  A few hours a day would be fine, but she is very people focused and will not be happy being left long days alone.

Further details about Lacey will be posted as we get to know her.

To be considered for adopting a dog through Newf Friends please submit a completed application, which can be found on the CONTACT US/FORMS page. Before completing an application or emailing us with questions, please review our FAQ page.  As outlined on our FAQ page, applicants who do not meet our adoption requirements (ie. no fenced play area, living in an apartment building, having young children, etc.) will not be considered -- please do not email us asking us to make an exception.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Buford

Buford
2018-015

ADOPTED Nov 11/18

Quick Adoption Overview
DOB March 12, 2011
Located in Thornhill
Fenced yard required
Before applying to adopt a dog or emailing us with questions, please read the dog's entire bio and review our FAQ page.  Emails asking questions that are answered on that page will not be responded to.

All about Buford

What a catch!  This handsome fella' is a new arrival in our program and is settling into his foster home nicely.  He came to us through no fault of his own when changes in his owner's life necessitated that he be rehomed.   Buford has been loved greatly throughout his life and it really shows.  He is a wonderful Newf who will make one lucky family so very happy.

Buford is well mannered, knows basic commands, gets along with everyone, and is a real gem!  He loves to have a job to do and would be a great match for someone looking for a Newf to do therapy work with.
Gentle with other dogs, Buford could happily join a family with another four-footed pal.

He is UTD on vaccines, neutered and appears to be in good health.

An adoption donation will apply.


To be considered for adopting a dog through Newf Friends please submit a completed application, which can be found on the CONTACT US/FORMS page. Before completing an application or emailing us with questions, please review our FAQ page.  As outlined on our FAQ page, applicants who do not meet our adoption requirements (ie. no fenced play area, living in an apartment building, having young children, etc.) will not be considered -- please do not email us asking us to make an exception.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Max

MAX
2018-014

ADOPTED!

Quick Adoption Overview
DOB April 10, 2010
Located in Oakville, ON
Good with dogs and cats
Fenced yard required
Before applying to adopt a dog or emailing us with questions, please read the dog's entire bio and review our FAQ page.  Emails asking questions that are answered on that page will not be responded to.

Fresh from the groomer, Max is enjoying chest scratches!

All about Max

Sweetie-pie max arrived in our care on October 20 and is making himself right at home in his foster home.  He is a well-mannered boy who has excellent house manners, knows basic commands and is eager to please.

This love-bug gets along with everyone he meets, including dogs and cats.  He could join a home with another four-footed pal, or would be equally happy to be the only dog in the family.

At 150 lbs Max needs to drop several pounds which will help give him more energy and enable him to get around better.  He loves to go swimming so this will be a great exercise to help shed those extra pounds and build his muscle!

Max is neutered and current on vaccines.  He is currently being treated for ear and eye infections and will be ready to be adopted once we have those cleared up.  Applications are now being accepted.

Because Max is a senior, a reduced adoption donation of $350 applies.

To be considered for adopting a dog through Newf Friends please submit a completed application, which can be found on the CONTACT US/FORMS page. Before completing an application or emailing us with questions, please review our FAQ page.  As outlined on our FAQ page, applicants who do not meet our adoption requirements (ie. no fenced play area, living in an apartment building, having young children, etc.) will not be considered -- please do not email us asking us to make an exception.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Stella

Stella
2018-013

Available for Adoption.

Quick Adoption Overview
DOB October 2013
Located in Bancroft, ON
Fenced yard required
Before applying to adopt a dog or emailing us with questions, please read the dog's entire bio and review our FAQ page.  Emails asking questions that are answered on that page will not be responded to.



All about Stella
Stella arrived in our care on October 11 and has been undergoing treatment for bilateral knee ruptures. After 8 months in foster care and multiple surgeries, we are thrilled to announce that she is fully healed and ready to start her new life! Hooray!

She is a friendly gal who is well-mannered and loves meeting new people and getting showered with attention.  The more lovin' the better for this gal!


She has excellent house manners, is calm, quiet and respectful. Stella knows several commands, has excellent leash manners, great off-lead recall, and is an all around easy going gal.  She greets everyone with a wagging tail, and occasionally their shoe in her mouth!  Silly Stella!


She is an adorable girl who loves to carry stuffies around and will happily lay on her bed and gently play with her toys.  She adores children and loves to lounge around and be petted, groomed and loved.


Stella is a happy girl who takes her role as squirrel patrol officer very seriously.  No squirrels in the bird feeders when this gal is on duty!


She gets along well with most other dogs but has a preference for hanging out with male dogs over females.  In her foster home, Stella lives with 4 males and 1 other mellow female and gets along with all of them, although she can be the fun-police at times! She's had numerous visiting dogs come and go from her foster home and has enjoyed the company of most of them, with the exception of bossy females.


Her greeting style can be a bit pushy for some dogs, so an owner who will continue to work with Stella on this will be best.  She likes to romp and play with other dogs and is best suited to a playmate who has a mellow, gentle play-style. 


She can guard her food a bit (from other dogs only, never from people) but is easily redirected with a verbal command.  In her foster home, she will wait calmly with the other dogs during their meal prep, then eats in a separate area just to ensure there are no issues.  She does not guard toys or any other items.

One month post-op for surgery #1 and doing very well!
If she were to join a family with another dog, an easy-going male would be the best match.  She would also be equally happy being the only dog and keeping all of the attention for herself!

Stella has been respectful around the farm animals at her foster home, even watching politely as chickens run around her.  What a good girl.


5 weeks post-op from her first surgery, out for her morning stroll
Healthwise, she has been spayed, is current on vaccines and her bloodwork is great.  Unfortunately, on intake Stella had bilateral ruptured cruciate ligaments.  We have now completed surgery on both of her knees, she is fully healed,  and her mobility is great.  She does have some arthritis in her shoulders but does not require pain meds at this time. She does take a joint supplement daily.

June 2019-All healed and ready to go!

Stella is a really great catch and will make a fabulous companion for the right family.  Maybe yours?




To be considered for adopting a dog through Newf Friends please submit a completed application, which can be found on the CONTACT US/FORMS page. Before completing an application or emailing us with questions, please review our FAQ page.  As outlined on our FAQ page, applicants who do not meet our adoption requirements (ie. no fenced play area, living in an apartment building, having young children, etc.) will not be considered -- please do not email us asking us to make an exception.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Zoe

ZOE
2018-012
ADOPTED Nov 18/18!

Quick Adoption Overview
DOB June 27, 2011
Located in Mississauga
Good with other dogs
Fenced yard required
Before applying to adopt a dog or emailing us with questions, please read the dog's entire bio and review our FAQ page.  Emails asking questions that are answered on that page will not be responded to.
All about Zoe
Sweet and sensitive gal Zoe arrived in our care on June 28 after her owner's passing. She is getting herself settled and so far is proving to be a wonderful Newf.  She is well mannered, gentle and friendly, a real gem! 

Looking cute as can be after a close trim to address skin issues
Zoe's vet care has begun, and her mobility is good with no orthopedic issues.   She is currently overweight and needs to drop about 15 lbs.  Her initial thyroid results show her levels sitting at "low normal" so a full thyroid panel has been done to determine if she needs meds.  Updates to follow.




Zoe arrived with a very full coat and lots of dry, itchy, irritated skin.  She has been clipped down to facilitate treatment of her bacterial skin issues that are over a significant part of her body.  Topical and oral treatment has been started to clear up her skin and ear issues and we hope to have her feeling loads better very soon.


Zoe is a very sweet girl who gets along well with other dogs and could happily join a family with another four-footed pal for her to play with. 

To be considered for adopting a dog through Newf Friends please submit a completed application, which can be found on the CONTACT US/FORMS page. Before completing an application or emailing us with questions, please review our FAQ page.  As outlined on our FAQ page, applicants who do not meet our adoption requirements (ie. no fenced play area, living in an apartment building, having young children, etc.) will not be considered -- please do not email us asking us to make an exception.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Maia



Maia
2018-011

Applications are now being accepted - Maia is looking for a very special home where she will receive loads of love and care

Quick Adoption Overview
DOB October 12, 2012
Located in Guelph, ON
Fenced yard required
Before applying to adopt a dog or emailing us with questions, please read the dog's entire bio and review our FAQ page.  Emails asking questions that are answered on that page will not be responded to.

All about Maia

Sweet Maia is a gentle, mellow gal who found herself in our care through no fault of her own. She has nice manners, is friendly and affectionate, and doesn't have a mean bone in her body.


This cutie gets along nicely with other dogs and could happily join a home with another four-footed pal.  She is also good with cats.  Such a great gal she is!


Maia arrived in our care quite overweight and in significant pain due to an untreated knee injury.  Skin issues prevented us from considering surgery for her for several months while we dealt with her skin and worked on weight loss.  Her skin is now in excellent shape and she is free of infections.

Maia had a negative reaction to some anti-inflammatory medication she was taking for her knee.  This med compromised her liver function.  We ran extensive diagnostics on Maia's liver and worked with a team of specialists to get her condition under control.  We are now thrilled to report that Maia's liver values are back to normal!  We are discontinuing her liver medication and she is expected to have no further issues.  We will recheck her bloodwork in late July to confirm that all is well, just to be sure, but do not anticipate any issues.  If Maia is adopted before her recheck, we will cover the cost of her bloodwork for her adoptive family.


Maia's knee issues have been ongoing for many years and in consultation with a team of veterinarians and rehab specialists, it was determined that given the scar tissue that has developed, putting Maia through invasive surgery to repair the knee will not give her any improved mobility compared to using no-surgical treatments.  Maia has been going to rehab and doing prescribed exercises at her foster home and she has improved dramatically!  These exercises, coupled with significant weight loss have made a world of difference for this sweet gal.  She is pain-free, has greatly improved mobility and muscle mass, and continues to improve by leaps and bounds.

Moving forward Maia's needs will be as follows:

Maia will continue to do exercises at home (her foster mom is a vet tech and can show her adopters how to do the exercises).  Keeping her at a lean body weight and continuing to support strong muscles will be the key to her long-term mobility and happiness.

She will take cartrophen injections (can be done at home) and Omega 3s for life.  She can also have gabapentin as needed if she is experiencing pain.  She must NEVER be given non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication

She has a medication she takes for spay incontinence and this will be continued as long as needed.

Assuming her repeat bloodwork comes back showing continued excellent liver function she should not need any further liver support medication.  If the issue recurs then liver medication would be warranted.

Due to Maia's ongoing needs, our regular adoption fee will be waived.  We ask instead for a donation of her adopters choice.

To be considered for adopting a dog through Newf Friends please submit a completed application, which can be found on the CONTACT US/FORMS page. Before completing an application or emailing us with questions, please review our FAQ page.  As outlined on our FAQ page, applicants who do not meet our adoption requirements (ie. no fenced play area, living in an apartment building, having young children, etc.) will not be considered -- please do not email us asking us to make an exception.