We've listed some of the answers to the most frequent questions we get below. If you have any additional questions, or need further information, please reach out!

If you want to speak with one of our volunteers directly, you can call us at (833) NEWF LUV  (833) 639-3588

Frequently Asked Questions

National Newfoundland Rescue is a non-profit 501(c)3 dog rescue that is NOT affiliated with any other club, organization, or group.


I’m interested in a dog you posted, how do I get my name on a list to be considered?

The first step is to submit an online adoption application. For more information on our application process, and the link to submit an application, please visit our website:

What states do you adopt to?

As a national organization, we’re not geographically bound. With that said, we are primarily focused on the lower 48 because moving a dog to places like Alaska or Hawaii is not practical.

Do you require a fence?

As a general policy, we do not require all adopters to have a physical fence. With that said though, some individual dogs may require a fence. This is part of a case by case review of what the dogs need when they come into rescue. Also, if you have no fence, and live on a super busy road, or next to a major highway, we will be looking during your home visit to ensure there are sufficient safety measures in place to prevent a dog from getting injured or killed.

Are there any other rescue organizations you recommend?

There are lots of AMAZING organizations that help Newfies, and countless other dogs across the country. We maintain a list on our website of those organizations that we know of that rescue newfs, or get newfs into their rescue. Please check it out:

How much does it cost to adopt?

Our standard adoption fees are $600 for dogs over 12 months, and $700 for puppies 12 months and under.

What vetting do you do for the dogs in your care?

All of our dogs get an exam, microchip, tested for intestinal parasites, heartworm, lyme disease, ehrlichia, & anaplasma. If needed, they are brought up to date on their Rabies and DHPP (vaccines for distemper, adenovirus [hepatitis], parainfluenza, and parvovirus) vaccines. If the dog is of age, we will Spay or Neuter. We also treat any medical conditions to bring the dogs up to their best possible health prior to being made available for adoption. If there are any remaining health issues that cannot be cured by a vet, these are fully disclosed to any potential adopters prior to adoption. All veterinary records are also provided to the adopter at the time of the adoption as well. Where possible, this will also include records from the surrendering family (these are not always made available to us).

Do I have to be in the same state as a dog to be considered for adoption?

No, but we do try our best to find an appropriate home for the dog within a reasonable driving distance in order to minimize stress on the dog. We are happy to help transport dogs to their best possible homes though, even if that means moving them to a different state.

If I’m approved through another Newf rescue, am I automatically approved for NNR?

Unfortunately, NO. You will still need to submit an application with NNR. With that said though, we encourage you to let the other rescues you’re working with know that you are reaching out to us as well, and you can even list them as a reference in your NNR application.

How can I get involved to help?

If you’re interested in helping, please see our website to submit a volunteer form. If you are interested in fostering, you will need to go through our Foster Application process. If you’re interested in helping in other ways, you can submit an online volunteer form.

Surrendering your Newfoundland:

Do you take in Newfoundland Mixes?


How much does it cost to surrender a dog?

NOTHING! All we ask is that you help us by being completely honest about your reasons for surrendering. This helps us to best understand the dog you are surrendering to us and set them up for success in their future home.


If I choose to foster, what am I responsible for?

All we ask is that you provide food, love, socialization opportunities, and act as a chauffeur for the dogs to get them to and from their vet appointments. NNR covers all veterinary expenses for the dogs. Additionally, if the dog requires a Rx food, we will provide that as well as a part of the veterinary expenses.

What is a “Foster to adopt”?

Foster to Adopt is when the dog has not yet been medically cleared for adoption, but is already in their furever home that intends to adopt them as soon as the vet deems them ready. This is very different from a normal foster situation which goes into the foster process intending to help get the dog ready for adoption, but has no intent to keep the dog themselves.

What is a “Foster Failure”?

Foster Failure is the BEST kind of failure. Many times a dog will come into a foster home with the intent of eventually moving on to their furever home, but the foster just falls head over heels in love with the dog and just can’t let them go. In this case, they have “failed” to move the dog onto a new furever home, opting to keep them themselves, and are therefore deemed a “Foster Failure”. You see now why I call this the BEST kind of failure!

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