About Us

The formation of the Newfoundland Club of Florida (NEWFFLA) began in 1992 when a small group of individuals, led by Candace McMahon and Beth Basel, began the process of getting a regional charter from the Newfoundland Club of America (NCA). In 1994, NEWFFLA was incorporated in the State of Florida and in April 1995 the club was officially recognized as a regional club by the NCA.

NEWFFLA believes in educating the public about the benefits of the Newfoundland breed, promoting breeding in accordance with breed standards and encouraging participation in a variety of conformation and working dog events which highlight the breed. The club also facilitates the rescue and placement of purebred Newfoundlands throughout the State of Florida. Newfs from animal shelters or owner relinquished are fostered in homes of NEWFFLA members, provided all necessary veterinary care, then placed in approved forever homes.

NEWFFLA's membership has grown significantly since the early days with members scattered from the Panhandle to Miami. The club offers a variety of activities and opportunities for involvement throughout the state. Each year our annual meeting coincides with the participation in the St. Augustine Christmas Parade of which we have marched as a club since 1998. NEWFFLA is also host to a sanctioned Draft Testing in early Spring. Whether your Newf was meant to show, work or socialize, there is a NEWFFLA event for you to participate and volunteer. Come join us.

2023-2024 Board of Directors
PresidentTerry Boram
Vice PresidentKim Chonko
SecretaryTina Bailey
TreasurerKatherine Dunshee
Board of DirectorBruce Meligan
Board of DirectorChristine McConnell
Executive AdvisorJohn Seales
Rescue ChairChris Bailey
Membership ChairJenny Schimka
EditorTerry Boram

Our Activities


Ken and Kramer There is tremendous enthusiasm among the membership of the club to indulge, develop and enjoy the working instincts of this versatile breed. Learn more about the working categories in which Newfoundlands can excel.



Newfoundland Rescue of Florida (NRF) was established by the Newfoundland Club of Florida (NEWFFLA) as a separate 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation. The Club and Rescue are recognized by the Newfoundland Club of America (NCA). We are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for Newfoundlands in need in Florida.

We are a foster-based system averaging 18 Newfoundlands per year. Relinquished dogs spend time with vetted fosters to assess temperament, behavior, and health. All rescued Newfoundlands are brought up to date on core vaccinations, tested for heartworm, and spayed or neutered either before being placed in their new home or when they become of age to be spayed or neutered. NRF is also committed to providing care for treatable illnesses or injuries before full adoption occurs.

The Newfoundland Rescue of Florida operates solely on donations. There are no paid positions, and we rely exclusively on volunteers to foster, call references and provide transportation. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation and/or volunteering your time to help rescue Newfoundlands in Florida.


We love getting together as a club throughout the year at various events from Beach Days to Community Outreaches to our Annual Parade Weekend. Check out the fun we have with our Newfs.