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One Step Closer Animal Rescue (O.S.C.A.R.)

'Helping you find your new best friend'

Sparta, NJ

OSCAR Animal Rescue, Sparta, NJ


Our Rescue was created through the desire to save the lives of innocent animals. All of our members have a strong passion to save as many dogs and cats as we can, as well as a commitment to ensure great futures for all of the pets we rescue.

Our Shelter is now operating. However, please note that the shelter is NOT open to the public and is by appointment only and only for persons with approved applications on file. Some may ask, "Why isn't the shelter open for walk through visits? Why do I have to make an appointment to see the animals?"

One Step Closer Animal Rescue (O.S.C.A.R.) Sparta, NJ At O.S.C.A.R., one of our highest priorities is the health and well-being of the animals in our care. Unlike city shelters or pounds, whose residents are in place for a short time, as a no-kill shelter, our pets can be with us for a longer period of time. The shelter is the only safe place and home they know. When strangers, even well-meaning ones looking to adopt, walk through the shelter, it stresses our animals.

We make appointments for potential adopters to meet our dogs either in our Bark Yard or one of our meeting rooms. We'll spend as much time as you need and introduce you to as many animals as you'd like to meet in order to make the best match and help you find the perfect new family member!


Shelter Campaign - OSCAR Animal Rescue in Sparta, NJ

Our web site contains lots of valuable and interesting information about adopting rescue dogs, fostering, pet adoption events, Happy Tails, and more.

Adoptable DOGS can be found on www.adoptapet.com/OSCAR-Dogs

Adoptable CATS can be found on www.adoptapet.com/OSCAR-Cats

After you have found the perfect pet, please
go to O.S.C.A.R. Application & Info.

One Step Closer Animal Rescue (O.S.C.A.R.) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization run by dedicated volunteers.







O.S.C.A.R. Pet Adoptions & Events 2019

March 23 - This Saturday!
Doggie Noses and Yoga Poses
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT CLASS 1
12:30-1:30PM EDT CLASS 2
Powerhouse Fitness Center of Whippany NJ
50 State Route 10 W
Whippany, NJ 07981
Sign Up for Doggie Noses and Yoga Poses

Mar 30 - Pet Adoption (Sat. 12noon-2pm)
367 Mt Hope Ave
Rockaway, NJ 07866

Mar 31 (Sun. 12noon-8pm)
"Rock -N- Rescue"
The Stanhope House
45 Main Street
Stanhope, NJ 07874
Rock -N- Rescue Flyer!
Buy Tickets!

April 6 (Sat. 12noon-2pm)
"Longtimers Adoption Event"
At our shelter:
155 Stanhope Sparta Road
Andover, NJ 07821
** This event is for long timers only. **
$100 adoption fees for long timers.

Long Timer List: Brandi, Matilda, Little Girl,
Mya, Drake, Gandolf, Flip, Alamosa

Apr 7 - Supply Drive (Sun. 9am-4pm)
Newton Walmart
26 Hampton House Rd (Rt 206)
Newton, NJ 07860

April 13 (Sat. 9am-1pm)
Hope Township School
320 Johnsonburg Road
Hope, NJ 07844

April 14th (Sun. 10:30-11:30am)
"Karma Class Yoga"
Studio Vitality
287 Newton Sparta Rd
Newton, NJ 07860

Apr 14 - Pet Adoption (Sun. 12Noon-2pm)
367 Mt Hope Ave
Rockaway, NJ 07866

Apr 20 - Pet Adoption (Sat. 12Noon-2pm)
367 Mt Hope Ave
Rockaway, NJ 07866

Apr 20 - Supply Drive (Sat. 9am-4pm)
Rockaway Walmart
220 Enterprise Drive
Rockaway, NJ 07866

Apr 27 - Special Event & Pet Adoption (Sat. 11am-4pm)
4th Annual I Walk to Remember"

Horseshoe Lake
72 Eyland Avenue
Succasunna/Roxbury, NJ 07876

April 28 - Pet Adoption (Sun. 12noon-2pm)
Pet Valu
1930 NJ-57
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

April 28 (12 noon-4pm)
Centenary University Sports Management Class presents
“Paws for a Cause”
Hosted by Donaldson Farms
358 Allen Road
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
Donaldson Farms Event Flyer.pdf

We are always adding Pet Adoption events and Supply Drives.
Please check here often for exciting events!

View more exciting Events on
O.S.C.A.R. Events!!!!!


Kids Helping O.S.C.A.R.

We realize how important it is for kids to learn how to help animals and that there are animals in need in their community. We have different ways to help, all of which benefit the rescue. Kids learn the value of setting goals and feeling like they are making a difference.

Be sure to visit our page Kids Helping O.S.C.A.R. to read more about O.S.C.A.R. and our local kids!

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KIDS - Here is a great way that you can help O.S.C.A.R.! Collect change, then give us a call. We'll arrange for you to come down and have a personal tour of our new shelter. You'll get to see the dogs and cats you are helping.

OSCAR Animal Rescue, Sparta, NJ


February 2019

This is Lucy from Girl Scout Troop 6565 delivering homemade dog treats as part of her service project. Many thanks, Lucy & Troop 6565. The dogs loved the treats you made for them!

OSCAR Animal Rescue, Sparta, NJ

More of Lucy and other Kids Helping O.S.C.A.R.


January 2019

A Big Thank You to the Warm Hearts Warm Lives 4H Club!

We are happy to include you on our web site!

"Hi. My club, Warm Hearts Warm Lives 4H, donated $100 to your shelter back in October 2018 for the purchase purchasing of a paver brick for your walkway. Our club also donated baskets to your last Tricky Tray. You folks were kind enough to acknowledge this on your Facebook page-thank you. I was wondering if you could also add the heart children to your website."

OSCAR Animal Rescue, Sparta, NJ

See more photos of these 4H members and other young friends on
Kids Helping O.S.C.A.R.


Part Time & Full Time Kennel Attendant Positions

One Step Closer Animal Rescue is currently looking for
part-time and full-time kennel attendants.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Follow the shelter procedures
  • Make sure animals are clean
  • Recognize and records any unusual condition or abnormal behavior of any shelter animal
  • Report signs of illness, disease, injury or unusual activity
  • Feed each animal as prescribed and records appetites
  • Receive animals to be admitted for shelter care and is responsible for their proper identification
  • Assist with the administration of medications
  • Make sure cages and animals are properly numbered and identified
  • Wash and dry towels and blankets
  • Wash and sterilize water and food bowls
  • Perform general cleaning
  • Empty trash
  • Patrol shelter grounds daily, picking up any trash and stool material
  • Maintain equipment used to complete job assignments and keeping such equipment and tools in good working condition
  • Keep equipment and tools put away in proper storage areas

Kindly email your resume to Oscarshelter@yahoo.com if you are interested in the position.

High School or equivalent
Driver's License

LINKED-In: One Step Closer Animal Rescue openings for part time & full time kennel attendants



Special Dogs at OSCAR Animal Rescue

Sometimes there is a dog or cat whose face or story just touches your heart.

Please be sure to see O.S.C.A.R.'s Featured Pets!


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Find out more on our Donations page.

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