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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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

DOB May 1, 2016
Kids 12+, as Boomer is still working on his manners
A home with a playful dog preferred
Located in Port Perry, ON

All About Boomer

Meet the adorable 12 month old Boomer!  This young fella' 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.  He's looking for a family who will put some time and attention into continuing on with his training to help him become a well mannered adult.

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 thrives in a calm, structured environment where his exercise, socialization and training needs are met.   Once Boomer has his playtime outside (he needs a LOT of exercise), he is quiet and well behaved indoors.  He loves he relax near to his humans, or play with his toys.  He also loves playing with other playful dogs who are well mannered. 

Boomer enjoys a good 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.  This boy loves to work, enjoys attending classes, and with a competent handler at his side he excels.

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.

Do you have enough toys yet, Boomer?  :)
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.

Can you spot Boomer?  What a good boy! 
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.

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 Port Perry, ON; his approved adopters will be required to pick him up in person.  An adoption donation of $500 will apply, plus a refundable $250 neuter-security deposit which will be reimbursed once he is neutered at the appropriate age (24 months of age for a giant breed male) as per our spay/neuter contract.

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

Sunday, December 4, 2016


February 25 - Adopted!

Quick Adoption Overview
Available for adoption
DOB May 9, 2016
Fostered in Toronto

working hard at aqua therapy

All about Shadow

What a catch!

Shadow is a 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. Silly boy.

Well mannered in the house, Shadow knows his basic commands, and is an all around sweet pup.  Well tempered and friendly, this boy is a real gem.

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 been working hard at his rehabilitation over the last few weeks and is making fabulous progress.  He's almost all healed up and ready to go.  Thanks to this surgery he will be able to enjoy and lead a long, happy pain free life.   Hooray!


Shadow is being fostered in Toronto.  His approved adopters will be required to pick him up in person.  An adoption donation of $500 will apply.

Fenced yard required.

Friday, November 25, 2016


Mollie has been adopted! 

Quick Adoption Overview
3 years old -- DOB Feb 10, 2014
Newf mix
Spayed, UTD Vaccines
Mollie is a fabulous dog - a dedicated companion who loves spending time with her family!

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.

She has excellent house manners, she is quiet and stays out of trouble.  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 loves to accompany her foster mom to help with outdoor chores like feeding birds, tending to farm animals, getting the mail, etc.

She has joined a foster home with several other dogs and is well mannered with everyone. Having said that, she doesn't enjoy spending time with dogs who are hooligans, or who are pushy and in her face.  She'd be happy to join a family where she would be the only dog in the house, or where there is another mellow, respectful dog.  Dogs who will be jumping on her and pestering her are not her idea of great friends.

Such a happy girlie!
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 interest in chasing them a bit.  She does not seem to mean harm, but is a bit of a pest with them! She's a silly, playful girl!

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, which we have now corrected, and she is feeling loads better.. 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?

Hanging out with one of her foster brothers
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 not as long as a Newf's; much easier maintenance more like a lab.  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.  Mollie is all healed now, her rehab is basically complete and she is ready to start her new life!  She now has great mobility!

December, right after surgery
Mollie, feeling loads better, 3 months post-op
Mollie is able to walk around freely now, and the focus moving forward  is to continue to build up more muscle, and to continue with moderate exercise as her bones continue to heal.  No rough housing or hooligan behaviour for her just yet, but she enjoys nice long walks.  She is feeling GREAT and is ready to go, go, go!

Mollie has a spring in her step now!
This lovely gal is being fostered in the Bancroft area.  Her approved adopters will be required to pick her up in person,  An adoption donation of $400 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.

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



ADOPTED December 28, 2016

Quick Adoption Overview
3.5 yrs old - DOB March 27, 2013
Neutered, UTD on vaccines
Suited to an adult only home
Could join a home with a well mannered canine pal
Will chase cats
Located in Toronto

Handsome boy Sulley is a friendly, people focused boy who has lots of love to give. 

Sulley is sharing his foster home with several other dogs and seems happy to be with a group of well mannered canine pals.  He could join a family with another well socialized dog.

Sulley (on the left) with his foster pals

Having lived in a rural area as an outdoor dog, Sulley is in need of some training and socialization.  He is very motivated to be with people and is happy to now be living indoors as part of a family.  This sweet boy will benefit greatly from joining an adoptive family where his owners have the time to work on obedience, give him structure and direction to help him blossom into a well mannered boy.  He is responsive and wants to please, has loads of potential, he just needs some direction and a kind hand to guide him.

He's a goofy, playful boy who is fun loving and loves to romp around and play.  So cute!

Sulley is very fortunate to be in a wonderful foster home where he is able to benefit from the support of an experienced handler to help build his confidence, expose him to new things, and work to resolve some of the habits he has picked up.  A combination of obedience classes, a structured home environment emphasizing the Nothing in Life is Free training approach, and lots of opportunities to be set up for success will go a long way towards helping Sulley thrive.  

His ideal adopters will be a family that continues on with the work that has been started with him.  Given his training needs he is best suited to an adult only home.

He is 3.5 years old, neutered and current on vaccines.  We are treating him for an ear infection. Sulley has a weak back end and is in need of putting on muscle.  We have done xrays and had him assessed by an ortho vet and he appears to perhaps have an old injury to his knee, but is not in need of surgery.  He has some arthritis in his knees, his hips look pretty good.  Moving forward, Sulley will be taking pain medication short term while we work on building up his back end.  It is expected that the pain meds will be discontinued once he is a bit stronger.  Sulley will benefit from being on joint supplements for the rest of his life.