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

'Helping you find your new best friend'

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.


Shelter Campaign - OSCAR Animal Rescue in Sparta, NJ

Sunday, June 23, 2018






O.S.C.A.R. Pet Adoptions & Events 2018

We've just added some Pet Adoption events and Supply Drives.
Many more exciting events coming soon!


Apr 14 - “GO GREEN WITH HOPE” Fair (Sat. 9am - 1pm)
The Hope Township Environmental Commission and Green Team
hosting its 5th annual:
at the Hope Township School
320 Johnsonburg Road
Hope, NJ 07844

EVERYONE is invited to this “Spring Cleanout Extravaganza”, and Environmental Education Day to participate in, investigate and learn about reducing, reusing and recycling in our homes and businesses and keeping all of our neighborhoods Green.

Apr 15 - Pet Adoption/Supply Drive (Sun. 12noon-2pm) 
Pet Valu
1930 Rt 57
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Apr 21 - Pet Adoption/Supply Drive (Sat. 12noon-2pm)
Sussex County Charter School
385 N Church Rd
Sparta Township, NJ 07871

April 21 - Pet Adoption/Supply Drive (Sat. 11am-1pm)
Weis Newton
121 Water St
Newton, NJ 07860

Apr 22 - Pet Adoption/Supply Drive (Sun. 12noon-2pm)
Pet Valu
"Paw Weekend"
1930 Rt 57
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Apr 28 (Sat. 11am-4pm)
3rd Annual “I Walk to Remember” Memorial Pet Walk
Horseshoe Lake
72 Eyland Avenue
Succasunna, NJ 07876
I Walk to Remember Flyer

April 29 - Pet Adoption/Supply Drive (Sun. 12noon-2pm)
Weis Newton
121 Water St
Newton, NJ 07860

Apr 30 - "Miners Golf Outing" (Mon. 7:30am)
1 Wild Turkey Way
Hamburg, NJ 07419
(7:30AM registration|8AM continental breakfast|9AM shotgun start)
2018 Miners Golf Outing Registration
2018 Miners Golf Outing Sponsor

View exciting 2018 Events on
O.S.C.A.R. Events!!!!!



February 3, 2018: We are happy to share this info about Nancy Nester. She has been volunteering for O.S.C.A.R. through Pass It Along. Nancy, we appreciate all you do!

Nancy Nester – Pass It Along Intern

In 2017, Pass It Along had the honor of having Nancy Nester, 16, of Sparta as an intern! Nancy began volunteering with Pass It Along during her freshman year of high school, and over the past year took her volunteering to the next level. Starting in March 2017, she teamed up with OSCAR (One Step Closer Animal Rescue), a non-profit animal rescue organization in Sparta, NJ. In total, Nancy completed 268.5 hours in 2017 and now organizes their volunteer program!

“She does everything when she comes to help us from cleaning to helping feed the pups to loading for events to helping with adoptions,” said Anthony Prisco of OSCAR. “You name it, and she helps us with it. Last weekend (January 6 & 7, 2018) we had 16 pups go to their forever homes. Nancy came to help on Saturday and we had 10 pups go home on that day. That definitely would not have been possible without her help.”



Thank you to Selective Insurance and Pass It Along!

Nov. 9, 2017: With the assistance of Pass It Along in Sparta, Selective Insurance did a VOLUNTEER DAY at the shelter. They did a supply collection before and dropped off donations. Selective employees spent about 5 hours at our shelter helping to clean and away the supplies. The volunteers got more then half the dogs out for walks (it was cold today so we were limited to dogs that could handle it).

We are so appreciative of the help from people in our community!

Selective Insurance Volunteers at the O.S.C.A.R. shelter, November 2017


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 the 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 2018


My 8 yr old daughter just had a birthday party this Saturday and asked her friends to bring pet supplies as gifts. I would love to bring her to the facility after school sometime this or next week to drop it all off if that's ok? She collected bags of dog and cat food, some cleaning supplies, bones, toys and collars.

Also, our Brownie Girl Scout troop made dog chew toys out of t-shirts last week. We'd like to being them along, too.

OSCAR Animal Rescue, Sparta, NJ

A big THANK YOU to Peri and her family, friends, and Brownie Troop!

Peri and her family stopped by the OSCAR Shelter last week to deliver the toys and supplies. Peri had the opportunity to visit with one of the OSCAR puppies.



January 2018


I am throwing a birthday party for my son at the end of January and we just moved to the area. My son, who will be 3, is a lover of all animals and has been since the start. We have a family black lab, Swisher, who is the best. He would like to ask for donations for your shelter instead of presents so I would really like to know what you guys are looking for. I’m going to ask for monetary donations too but I think people will more likely bring actual items that are needed. Thank you so much and I look forward to hearing from you.



Thank you for the suggestions. We had Michael's party yesterday and got some things we would love to deliver to you guys whenever is convenient. I’m attaching a picture of my son with all the stuff we received. We are also going to add gloves, cleaning supplies and pill pockets.

OSCAR Animal Rescue, Sparta, NJ

Many thanks to Michael and his family & friends.


Read more about all of our young friends on   Kids Helping O.S.C.A.R.


Part Time & Full Time Kennel Attendant Positions Available
Posted: January 6, 2017

One Step Closer Animal Rescue is currently looking for part time & 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

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


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