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

'Helping you find your new best friend'

Sparta, NJ

Featured Pets


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

Special Dogs at OSCAR Animal Rescue

Our featured dogs and cats are often with O.S.C.A.R. longer than other pets. Sometimes they have special needs and other times it just takes longer to find them the right family. So, it often costs more for their care.

Here are some deserving pets who really need forever families.
Can you open your home to one of them?

If you are not in the position to adopt a pet of your own right now, why not consider SPONSORING a dog or cat? Occasionally, we have pets with special needs who require extra vet care, medications, and special food. Your SPONSORSHIP will help us give them all the special care they need as they wait for their forever family.



Please type 'Sponsor' in the Special Instructions box. Thank you!.

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Meet brother & sister, Taz & Mocha...
a bonded pair looking to spend the rest of their lives together!


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

Info about Taz...

Breed: English Springer Spaniel/Chow Chow Mix
Color: Black - With Tan, Yellow Or Fawn
Age: Senior
Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Sex: Male

Info about Mocha...

Breed: English Springer Spaniel/Chow Chow Mix
Color: Brown/Chocolate
Age: Senior
Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Sex: Female


Taz and Mocha's Story...

Taz and his sister Mocha were surrendered to us after their owners fell on hard times. They have lived their entire lives together and can only be adopted together. Taz watches over his sister and Mocha likes him near and gets nervous if he ever strays too far. It's truly a beautiful thing to see them together. They are truly a bonded pair. Taz and Mocha are an adorable English Springer Spaniel mix and are approximately 10-11 years old (although they look and act much younger!). Mocha tested positive for Lyme's and has residual effects from it going untreated for so long. Due to their age, it would be best for them to be in a quiet home without children.

Can this loving brother and sister find the loving home they deserve this Christmas?

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

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

Click this link to find out more about Mocha & Taz

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

Meet Persephone!

Breed: Rottweiler Mix
Color: Black - with Tan, Yellow or Fawn
Age: Adult
Size: Large 61-100 lbs
Sex: Female - Spayed

Persephone was taken in by animal control after investigating complaints by neighbors that she was being left tied up outside with no food or water. Because of this, she has shown a tendency for protecting her food which is understandable given the situation she came from. We are working with Persephone to get her better about this, so she can understand that from now on she will always have plenty of food on a regular basis. She will need an understanding owner willing to help her continue with her training. Persephone is otherwise a happy dog with a sweet demeanor and deserves a chance to have a family who can show her what a good life is like. Persephone is about 5 years old and 90 pounds.

Because of all she has gone through in her life, Persephone would be most comfortable in a home without kids, cats or other dogs.

Please help Persephone find her forever family for Christmas!

Click this link to learn more about Persephone


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

Meet Rosanne!

Breed: Labrador Retriever/Shepherd (Unknown Type) Mix
Color: Brown/Chocolate - with White
Age: Young
Size: Med. 26-60 lbs
Sex: Female - Spayed

This beautiful girl is 2-3 years old and weighs 48 pounds. Although Rosanne is a youngster, she has arthritis on her back that the vet thinks is probably due to an old injury or trauma. There's nothing that can be done for it besides keeping her active and supplementing her diet with fish oil and Cosequin (glucosamine/chondrotin). And although she might waddle when she walks, she is quite active and has no problem romping in the yard.

It is easy to see why Rosanne is a favorite of the shelter workers - Rosanne is a very sweet, super friendly dog that loves people and being petted. She always greets you with a tail wag and is a joy to be around.

Rosanne's Christmas wish is to find her forever family!

Click this link to learn more about Rosanne


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Meet these and other great pets at O.S.C.A.R.'s next Pet Adoption Event!