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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.







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

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


Sept 15 "Doggie Noses & Yoga Poses"
RDA Fitness
90 U.S. 206
Stanhope, NJ 07874

Sept 23 "Animal Blessing" (Sun. 2-4pm)
The Pet Ministry at the First Presbyterian Church of Sparta
is hosting its third annual animal blessing.
First Presbyterian Church of Sparta
32 Main St.
Sparta, NJ 07871

Sept 27 "Life In the Doghouse movie" (Thurs 7:30pm)
New Vision Sparta Theatre
25 Center St
Sparta, NJ 07871
Reserve Tickets-Select Theater Sparta, NJ

From Janus Casey, The Silvestri Group NJ with Coldwell Banker Real Estate, Sparta, NJ

Hello Animal Lover,

I'm writing to invite you to reserve tickets to a very special movie screening I am hosting. It's an uplifting, inspiring film called Life In the Doghouse and it's all about a topic very close to my heart: dog rescue. Watch the trailer here: Dog House Trailer

The screening will only take place if we get enough people to reserve their tickets in advance. And you'll only be charged for your ticket if we reach our minimum number of tickets sold.

The event is scheduled for September 27th at 7:30 pm New Vision Sparta Theatre 25 Center St, Sparta Township, NJ 07871

It's going to be a lot of fun and best of all, the filmmakers are donating proceeds to dog rescue charities around the country. Use the link below and locate the Sparta Theatre to reserve your tickets today, and share this link on social media, too! Reserve Tickets-Select Theater Sparta, NJ

ALSO .. to keep it local...You can make a donation on the site to O.S.C.A.R One Step Closer Animal Rescue when you reserve your ticket.

Thank you and hope to see you there!

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



February 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


May 2018
Huge Thank You to Daisy Troop #96783!

On Sunday May 6, 2018, Daisy Troop #96783 collected donations outside of the Vernon Acme from 10:00-2:00. They collected a trunk-full of animal supplies and over $300 in cash donations for O.S.C.A.R.

OSCAR Animal Rescue, Sparta, NJ

See more photos of this Daisy Troop and other 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

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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