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Comments & photos
we are pleased to share

Pepper on Adoption Day

"I knew he had good energy. He is a sweet dog. He can chill out, but he's also very playful. Everyone as OSCAR was so nice. You can't tell in the picture but I had tears in my eyes as all the volunteers and families cheered and clapped as we made our way to the car. It was a lovely moment!"

O.S.C.A.R. Animal Rescue, Sparta NJ

Adopting Rescue Dogs

"In the past all of our dogs were breeder purchases and good dogs, but what a difference with rescues. It seems that our two rescue dogs show a special type of love and appreciation, as if they are telling us that since we gave them a second chance they will be the best dogs ever.

O.S.C.A.R. Animal Rescue, Sparta NJ

Anyone reading this that is on the fence about a "rescue" pet, please give it a chance, especially from OSCAR."

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

'Helping you find your new best friend'

Sparta, NJ


One Step Closer Animal Rescue (O.S.C.A.R.) in Sparta, New Jersey, is a non-profit rescue organization that saves dogs and cats from desperate situations. We rescue pets from overcrowded shelters where animals are euthanized due to lack of space. O.S.C.A.R. volunteers care for these pets in our network of foster homes where they receive the loving care they deserve. We ensure that all pets in our care receive the proper veterinary attention and vaccinations, and that the animals are spayed/neutered. All of O.S.C.A.R.'s dogs and cats are great animals that deserve loving homes.

OSCAR Animal Rescue in Sparta, NJ is raising funds for a shelter facility!

Shelter Campaign - OSCAR Animal Rescue in Sparta, NJ


Shelter ReFURB

We recently purchased a 6 acre piece of property in Andover, NJ to be used as a “no-kill” shelter. The property has an existing building with 40 dog kennels and a free roaming cat room. However, the building has been vacant for several years and has fallen into disrepair. It's going to take time, money, and a lot of hard work to get it up and running.

Read more about the "Shelter ReFURB."


Our Rescue was created through the desire to save the lives of innocent animals. All of our members are volunteers who 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 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.

Adopt Rescue Dogs and Puppies from OSCAR Animal Rescue in Sparta, NJ

This is Roy, a special needs Senior Shih Tzu who was just adopted!
Find other special dogs & cats on Featured Pets.




OSCAR 5k-9 event was held on May 7, 2016!

O.S.C.A.R. Pet Adoptions & Events 2016

** Note: If you are coming to see a certain dog or cat, please email
the day before to make sure that pet will be there that day.

Upcoming Events
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June 4, Saturday - “Dog Days Of Summer” (Noon-3:00pm)
presented by
WDHA & Dover Dodge, Chrysler Jeep Ram
396 Route 46 East
Rockaway, NJ 07866

One Step Closer Animal Rescue (O.S.C.A.R.) Sparta, NJ
Read more: “Dog Days Of Summer”

June 4, Saturday - Supply Drive (9:00am-4:00pm)
Newton Walmart
26 Hampton House Rd. (Rt. 206)
Newton, NJ 07860

June 5, Sunday Pet Adoption (11:00am-1:00pm)
Newton Moose Lodge 432
214 Swartswood Rd.
Newton, NJ 07860

June 11, Saturday - 2nd Annual NJSPCA Expo (10:00am-5:00pm)
Hamburg Fire Department Pavilion
Hamburg, NJ
(more details to follow...)

June 11, Saturday - Newton Day (11:00am-4:00pm)
Pet Adoption at Maxwell & Molly's (11:00am-2:00pm)
Spring St.
Newton, NJ 07860

June 18, Saturday - Pet Adoption (11:00am-2:00pm)
Bentley Assisted Living
3 Phillips Rd.
Branchville, NJ 07826

June 25, Saturday - Pet Adoption (11:00am-1:00pm)
Sparta Farmers Market
located at the
Sparta Health and Wellness Center
89 Sparta Ave.
Sparta, NJ 07871

June 26, Sunday - Mini-Adoption Event (2:00pm-4:00pm)
Skylands Gallery
7 Boulder Hills Boulevard
Wantage, NJ 07461

Lots more Pet Adoptions & other exciting 2016 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 the O.S.C.A.R. and our local kids!

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MAY 2016

Thank you to our Girl Scout Friends at Troop 4546 for giving us supplies for the shelter animals. We love the great items you made for OSCAR dogs & cats. We really appreciate that you are volunteering and being part of OSCAR events.

OSCAR Animal Rescue, Sparta, NJ

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


Dottie's Story!

This is a true rescue story of a courageous puppy and her fight for life! We first met Dottie on April 16, 2014 As a young pup, Dottie was used as a bait dog in Paterson, NJ. With lots of vet care and love from O.S.C.A.R. fosters and volunteers, Dottie was nurtured back to health. WE were all overjoyed when she was adopted in January 2015.

Adopt Rescue Dogs and Puppies from OSCAR Animal Rescue in Sparta, NJ

OSCAR Animal Rescue, Sparta, NJ

Read more on Dottie's Story and see Dottie on Happy Tails - May 2015.


Thanks to EVERYONE who joined O.S.C.A.R. on
Saturday, May 9 for the first annual 5K-9 Race and 1K Fido Fun Run
at the New Jersey Fairgrounds and the NJ Herald Pet Expo!
O.S.C.A.R. Animal Rescue, Sparta NJ

Click for O.S.C.A.R. 5K Sponsors & Photos!


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Special Dogs at OSCAR Animal Rescue

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

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


Love Dogs & Cats, but can't adopt?
Sponsor an O.S.C.A.R. Pet!

Would you like to honor someone special or make a Memorial Donation?

Find out more on our Donations page.

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