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, June 9, 2018



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.