Adopting A Rescue Newfoundland

NCNE proudly maintains a rescue and referral service for the purpose of finding good homes for displaced Newfoundland dogs. Newfoundlands come into Rescue for a variety of reasons. Sometimes families need to give up their Newf, because they do not have adequate time to spend with the dog, allergies or health problems, financial reasons, or behavioral concerns. People often buy a puppy and don’t anticipate the size of an adult or the commitment of time, grooming and training. Other families are faced with personal crises. Some rescues are the victims of neglect or abuse.

A veterinarian evaluates every Newfoundland that comes into Rescue. All rescued Newfs are brought up to date on all core vaccinations and are spayed or neutered. We test for tick-born illnesses including heartworm and Lyme disease and a battery of blood work is performed. We test for Heartworm and tick-borne diseases, including Lyme disease.  NCNERRS is committed to providing care for any treatable illness or injury. Rescue volunteers also make careful assessments of temperament and behavior.

In order to make the best possible match between the Newfs in rescue and you, we have a multi-step adoption process. Once we receive your completed adoption application, we will check the provided references and make arrangements for a volunteer to visit your home and family. Home visits are NOT white glove inspections; they are the best way for us to get to know you and your family better and help us determine what type of dog would best meet your needs. They also give us the opportunity to discuss Newfoundland care and safety issues as well as personally answer any questions about the breed or the adoption process.

Our goal for each Newfoundland rescue is to place them in a home with caring people who will make them a life long family member.

NCNERRS Adoption Application

For information or assistance, please email us at
or call (855) NEWFIES (855) 639-3437.

The goals of the Newfoundland Club of New England Rescue & Referral Service (NCNERRS) are as follows:

  • To identify and take into immediate care, Newfoundlands who have been lost, abandoned, surrendered or otherwise
  • To provide all care necessary to bring rescued Newfoundlands into adoptable condition, as necessary or appropriate.
  • To find suitable adoptive homes for these displaced dogs.
  • To provide all possible assistance to an adoptive home to ensure the permanent welfare of the Newfoundlands adopted.
  • To educate the public regarding our purpose and scope of our activities.
  • To educate and assist owners to prevent Newfoundlands from being surrendered.

In the best interest of the dogs and to save time and avoid misunderstandings please fill out the Adoption Application

Before calling about a particular dog. NCNE Rescue only covers the six New England states (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut). To find a rescue organization in your area, you may wish to visit these rescue sites for contact information: Newfoundland Rescue Contact Listing

Contact Us
(855) 639-3437

Please visit us on our Facebook Page to see the most current information on available dogs as well as other important updates from the rescue team:

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In addition to the Club’s Rescue Fund, we have also established the Ellen Toll Katz Fund in memory of the first chair of NCNE's Rescue and Referral Service. This fund provides assistance to families in New England who are going through a difficult time and just need some financial help so they do not have to surrender their Newfoundland to the Rescue Service. Their Newf can then continue to live out its life with its loving family. Please specify in the comments box if you wish to donate to the Ellen Toll Katz fund (just type Ellen Toll Katz)

NCNE Rescue is pleased to announce that we have entered into a partnership with Fi for GPS Tracking collars! Along with having the top rated GPS Collar on the market, Fi has proven themselves to be incredible partners and supporters of rescue!

So what does this partnership actually look like?
Fi has committed to DONATING martingale collars fitted with their GPS Trackers to all of our dogs in foster care, present and future! This is a $180 value, free!!!
Then, when our dogs our adopted, the collar GOES WITH THE DOG! Again, for FREE!!! So this generosity gets passed on to our adopters!

How do we make this all work and what does Fi get out of it?
When Fi sends us the collars, NCNE will be purchasing a 1 Year subscription for each collar for $99. The cost of this subscription will be built into the adoption fee for the dog, so the net cost the rescue will be ZERO, and, the 1 year subscription won’t start until the dog is actually adopted so that the dog will not only go home with a FREE GPS Collar, but also have the first year subscription covered at the time of the adoption!

So, how does this help while the dog is in foster care?
Fi comes to the rescue AGAIN!!! Fi will be donating the GPS Service to NCNE Rescue during the duration of the foster period for FREE!!! It doesn’t matter if the dog will be in foster for 2 weeks, or 6 months, for the duration of the time the dog is with us, they will have a FREE GPS Collar, FREE Service Coverage, AND will go home with that collar and a pre-paid 1 year subscription for GPS Service Coverage!

What if I adopted a Newf from NCNE Rescue in the past, how can I take advantage of this offer?
The great news is that if you make a $99 donation to NCNE, we will gladly order a collar on your behalf and Fi has agreed to donate the collars for any of the dogs previously adopted from us!

In addition, for those who don’t have NCNE Rescue Alumni, Fi has offered $25 off the purchase of a collar and 30 Days Free of the Service Subscription for anyone purchasing using this link: As if it couldn’t get any better, for every 2 collars purchased through this link, Fi will DONATE a whole collar package (including the $99 gift card) to NCNE Rescue!
This is a HUGE WIN for NCNE Rescue, for our adopters, and most importantly for the dogs! We really can’t thank the people at Fi enough for the endless generosity in their rescue program!

For more information on Fi Collars, check out their website: (Just be sure to use the other link for the $25 discount when you decide to order)