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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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, 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. 

Dogs Currently in our Program

This 1 yr old Newf is a new arrival and is getting settled in foster care.  He is currently on medical hold.
 His bio found here will be updated as we get to know him. 

This sweet senior boy is a total love -- well-mannered, quiet and mellow, a real catch.  Check out his bio found here to learn more. 


 Are you looking for a reputable breeder?
 If you're looking for a puppy and don't see one available through our foster program, please visit our BREEDER REFERRAL page to see a list of reputable NDCC breeders who have upcoming litters. Also be sure to check out our IDENTIFYING BACK-YARD-BREEDERS page for information on how to spot lousy breeders!  Also, educate yourself about the growing number of Newfs who have poor temperaments thanks to lousy breeders.
Placements with "Special Adoption Conditions":  From time to time dogs in our program are available to be adopted under "Special Adoption Conditions".  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 specified treatment, then once the medical hold is lifted, conditions of the adoption will be lifted.
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. 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!