puppy, newfoundland, re-homing, rescue, water rescue


..........HOW WE CAN HELP


Sometimes, unforeseen things can happen in our lives that change our circumstances, and sometimes these changes mean that sadly, you might no longer be able to care for your special furry friend.  Of course, your first contact should be to the breeder from whom you originally purchased your dog. Should this not be possible, the Newfoundland Club of Victoria Inc. has a Rescue and Rehoming Service to assist in these times of need.

The NCV Rescue & Re-Homing Service will take in any Newfoundland (suspected pure breed) that is surrendered to the service. Upon receiving notification of a possible dog needing assistance the following steps will be followed.


Our Rescue & Re-Homing Co-Ordinator will contact the people in possession of the dog in question and confirm that they are in fact the owners of the dog. A dog can only be surrendered by the owner or an authorised representative of the owner.

Once contact is made, our Co-Ordinator will gather the following information:

 Sex of  the dog

 Age of the dog

 Breeder (if know)

 Reason for surrendering

 Urgency for Pick up

 Medical history

 Behaviour issues

 How is the dog with

o   Children

o   Cats

o   Other Dogs

Any other relevant Information.


Once the above information is received our Rescue & Re-Homing Co-Ordinator will then arrange pick up of the dog and place it in suitable foster care while it is vet checked and temperament tested. The temperament testing required will depend on a number of factors including but not limited to:

  • History
  • Information from foster carer
  • Breeder 

Suitable foster accommodation can include:

  •  A member’s house – must have suitable fencing and accommodation

  •  A boarding kennel

Vet Checkup – Health Check:

While the rescue service is not able to guarantee that the dog is free from any health issues every effort is made to gauge the health of the dog and any significant issues prior to re-homing. Where there are known issues the new owners are to be made aware of these and the re-homing cost of the dog will also have this taken into account.


All dogs that come through the NCV Rescue and Re-homing Service must be desexed and vaccinated before they are re-homed. There are no exemptions to this rule, once a dog is surrendered it will be desexed at the earliest possible time. It can then be sent to its new home and any follow up medical care (having stiches removed) can be done by the new family.


Once the vet checks and required temperament testing is completed the dog will be re-homed to its new family. All re-homing is done on an initial trial period (usually 2 – 3 weeks).


New homes are selected from the list of people that are waiting. These people have completed the form which can be downloaded from this site. Dogs are re-homed at the discretion of the Rescue & Re-Homing Co-Ordinator and the following things are some of many that may be taken into consideration.

  •        Suitability of home

  •        Previous rescue experience

  •        Attendance at club activities

  •        Giant dog breed experience


When re-homing a dog the primary objective is the successful re-homing of the dog.

This means that the Rescue & Re-Homing Co-Ordinator will try to match the dog to the best home not the one that has been on the list the longest.