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.


We are located in Ontario, Canada and preference is given to applicants who live within a days drive of our foster homes. Our preference is to place dogs within a 5 hour drive of their foster location (listed on their bio), but we will consider homes up to 10 hours (maximum) if they are the perfect match.  This typically includes most parts of Southern, Central and Eastern Ontario, Quebec and occasionally parts of western New Brunswick, as well as neighbouring states like New York, Vermont, New Jersey, Maine, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio.  We do not ship dogs, adopters are required to pick their dogs up in person. US adopters will need a valid passport to cross the border. Adopters outside of our catchment area will not be considered -- please do not email us asking us to make an exception.  Please see our FAQ page for links to other rescue groups across North America to find a contact for your area.

The First Step to Adopting
If you see a dog that you would like to adopt, the first step is to download, complete and return our Adoption Application (get the application from the Forms section). Once we receive and review your application, we will contact you if you would be a suitable match for one of our current dogs. Please be patient; we are a volunteer run group and it may take us a while to contact potential adopters. Please visit our FAQ page if you have questions about our adoption process.

A securely fenced yard is a mandatory requirement for all adoption placements.  P
lease see our FAQ page for further information.

Already Have an Application with Us on File?
If you have previously submitted an application and are currently on our waiting list, and you see a dog listed here that is of interest to you, please send us an email letting us know that you would like to be considered for that dog. 

NOTE:  This list is updated daily.  Unless otherwise noted in their bio, all of the dogs listed are available for adoption.
Wilbur - total love bug
Available for adoption
This darling 8 year old boy loves people and is looking for a great family to call his own.  Such a sweet boy!
Details can be found here.

KODI - a great companion
Available for adoption
This handsome 6 year old boy is looking for a loving home.  Maybe yours?  Read more about him here.
  Zoe - looking for love
Available for adoption
Friendly, affectionate,  and sweet as pie, lovely gal Zoe is ready to find her perfect family.  Read more about her here.
Dana - playful girl
Available for adoption
Gorgeous 3 year old Dana is ready to find a wonderful family of her own.  Read more about this sweet girl here.
VERONA - sweet and affectionate
Update: February 3, 2016: Unfortunately it is necessary for us to put Verona back on medical hold.   Learn more about Verona by clicking here.
Rufus - sweet and sensitive
We are accepting applications for Rufus now.  Read his bio here to learn more about this sweet boy.

 Buster - spunky and friendly
Available for adoption
This sweet and spunky boy is looking for a very special family to call his own.  Learn more about him here.
Darla - full of puppy energy
Applications are being accepted for Darla now.  She will be ready to join an adoptive family once she has healed from her spay and cherry eye surgery.
Visit her bio found here to learn more about her.
 Wilson - loves to cuddle
2 year old Wilson is now available for adoption and ready to find the perfect family.  Click here to visit his bio to learn all about him.
Lucy - looking for love
From time to time we're asked to help other giant breed dogs besides Newfs.  Lucy is one of those dogs. This 2 year old Leonberger is a new arrival in our program and is currently under assessment.  Learn more about her here.
Linus - handsome boy
Occasionally we're asked to bring other giant breed dogs into our program besides Newfs.  Linus is one of these dog.  This 4-6 year old Leonberger is a new arrival and is under assessment.  Learn more about him here.
Kira - sweet as pie
Adoption Pending
Foster-to-Adopt Placements:  From time to time dogs in our program are available for a foster-to-adopt placement.  This means that the dog is healthy enough to join an adoptive family, but their health issues are not fully resolved yet, or they are still recovering.   In these cases, an approved adopter can have the dog join their family prior to their medical hold being lifted.  We will continue to cover all costs associated with the treatment, then once the medical hold is lifted, the adoption will be finalized.
This option allows dogs in our program to join their adoptive families sooner, and frees up foster space for other dogs in need.  At the same time, we continue to monitor the health of the dog and ensure that all medical needs are resolved before finalizing adoption. Win-Win!
At Newf Friends, the dogs in our care are our top priority.  Everything we do is in their best interest to ensure their safety, their health and their happiness.  We work very hard to have a clear understanding of the unique needs of each dog in our program and to match them to a carefully screened family that is the right fit for them -- we want our adoptions to be a success for both the dog and their new family.  We have very stringent screening protocols and strict policies in place to ensure that the needs of every dog in our program are met.   We have successfully placed hundreds of Newfs with wonderful, loving families.  Thanks to our very careful placement strategies we have a placement success rate of 98%.  
Consider Fostering to Help Newfs in Need
We can only help as many dogs as we have foster homes and foster homes are always needed! If you think you'd like to foster a Newf in need please complete the Foster Home Application (get the application from the Forms section) and return it to us. 
Not sure if you can handle fostering? Read this article to learn one volunteer's viewpoint: How do Fosters Do It?
If you are looking for a Newfoundland Dog puppy please refer to our national list of NDCC breeders to see who has pups available.

Visit our Happy Endings Page to read about all of the Newfs who have found great new homes through Newf Friends!