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.

2022-2023 Board of Directors
PresidentTerry Boram
Vice PresidentKim Chonko
SecretaryTina Bailey
TreasurerKatherine Dunshee
Board of DirectorBruce Meligan
Executive AdvisorJohn Seales
Rescue ChairChris Bailey
Working Dog ChairJennifer Arent
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.



The Newfoundland Club of Florida (NEWFFLA) is a not-for profit organization, recognized by the Newfoundland Club of America (NCA), to protect and advance the interests of the Newfoundland breed. Part of that commitment includes a rescue and placement network, providing a safe and healthy environment for Newfoundlands in need in the State of Florida.

On average, we rescue 15 Newfoundlands a year. We are a foster-based system whereby relinquished dogs spend time with vetted fosters to assess temperament, behavior, and health. Additionally, all rescued Newfoundlands are brought up to date on core vaccinations, tested for heartworm, and spayed or neutered prior to being placed in their new home. NEWFFLA is also committed to providing care for any treatable illness or injury prior to rehoming the dog.

We rely on volunteers to foster, call references and provide transportation. Please consider 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.