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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.







AMAZON & the O.S.C.A.R. Wish List

You can visit O.S.C.A.R.'s AmazonSmile Charity List
to donate items that OSCAR needs most.
Thank you!




O.S.C.A.R. Pet Adoptions & Events 2024

*** List of dogs available at Pet Adoption events will be
posted on Facebook/Instagram prior to event.


Sat. July 13 "Pet Adoption Event" (Noon-2:00pm)
Ocean State Job Lot
60 Sparta Ave
Sparta, NJ 07871

Sat. July 13 "Pet Adoption Event" (Noon-2:00pm)
Sparta Books
29 Center St
Sparta, NJ 07871

Sun. July 14 "DNYP Dog Yoga" (Noon-1:00pm)
Jersey Girl Brewing
426 Sand Shore Road
Mount Olive, NJ 07840
Get Tickets DNYP Mount Olive

Sat. July 20 "Pet Adoption Event" (Noon-2:00pm)
Weichert Realtors - Sparta
92 Woodport Rd
Sparta, NJ 07871

Sun. July 21 "Doggy Noses & Yoga Poses E Rutherford" (12:30pm-1:30pm)
UFC GYM East Rutherford
85 NJ 17 East
Rutherford, NJ 07073
Get E Rutherford DNYP Tickets

Sun. July 28 "DNYP Dog Yoga" (Noon-1:00pm)
Riverside Health & Fitness Center
1892 New Jersey 57
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
Dog Yoga Hackettstown

AUGUST - All Month!
Every Scoop of Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream
sold in August benefits OSCAR!

at Windy Brow Farms
359 Ridge Rd
Newton, NJ 07860 (Fredon)

See the SCOOPS that Save Flyer

Sat. Aug 3 "Pet Adoption Event" (Noon-2:00pm)
Windy Brow Farms
359 Ridge Rd
Newton, NJ 07860 (Fredon)
Meet the dogs and support OSCAR
with a scoop of Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream!

Sun. Aug 4 "Visit O.S.C.A.R. at the Rescue Tent" (1:00-4:00pm)
Sussex County Fairgrounds (Rescue Tent)
37 Plains Rd
Augusta, NJ 07822
**Sponsored by Finch Fuel Oil Company

Sun. Aug 11 "Visit O.S.C.A.R. at the Rescue Tent" (1:00-4:00pm)
Sussex County Fairgrounds (Rescue Tent)
37 Plains Rd
Augusta, NJ 07822
**Sponsored by Finch Fuel Oil Company

Sun. Aug 18 "Pet Adoption Event" (Noon-2:00pm)
OMG Burger & Brew
141 Schooleys Mountain Rd
Long Valley, NJ 07853

Sat. Aug 24 "Pupstock" (Noon-5:00pm)
Sussex County Fairgrounds
37 Plains Rd
Augusta, NJ 07822
Visit the Pupstock website

Sat. Aug 31 "Supply Drive" (10:00am-3:00pm)
Sparta Stop & Shop
5 Town Center Dr
Sparta, NJ 07871

View our Calendar for more 2024
O.S.C.A.R. Events


We are looking for volunteer dog walkers to volunteer at our kennel in our dog walking program Monday-Friday from 4pm-6pm.

The dogs love going for walks and getting out of their kennels, which helps reduce kennel stress. They also like consistency and seeing the same people can help establish trust and a strong bond.

We are looking for a handful of volunteers to commit to at least 1 night every week to walk dogs. You are more than welcome to commit to more then 1 night a week.

For example, you can commit to every Monday and every Tuesday to walk dogs or whatever day(s) work for you, but be consistent and dependable on the day(s) you choose.

Below are the requirements for a dog walker in this program.

Volunteer Requirements:

*Must be 18 years or older
*Must be able to handle strong dogs
*Must attend volunteer/dog handler orientation (due to covid we will train anyone individually)
*Must commit to at least 1 night every week (Monday-Friday) - that night needs to be consistent and not fluctuate between days of the week. This way we can ensure all dogs get walked every night.

If you are interested or have questions please contact us at OSCARRescue@yahoo.com.


During this unsettling time of the Coronavirus, we had to cancel many of our public Pet Adoption Events. There are always many pets needing their forever homes. Our shelter will still be an open for 'Meet & Greet' Pet Adoptions. PLEASE KNOW... an approved application is required first. A 'Meet & Greet' must be scheduled by the OSCAR Office Staff. All family members attending must be free of symptoms.

Something else to know... Pet adoption fees help to support our Rescue. All of the pets under our care continue to need food, supplies, and veterinary care. Please consider making a donation to help OSCAR continue to provide the best care to our dogs and cats. OSCAR Animal Rescue PO Box 248 Sparta, NJ 07871. Thank you.



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


August 2020

Kids Helping Animals:

This is Lila Anacker. She raised money and got donations from friends and family.
The staff and the dogs and cats of OSCAR say, "Thank You!!!"

OSCAR Animal Rescue, Sparta, NJ

See more photos of our young friends on
Kids Helping O.S.C.A.R.


Animal Kennel Attendant



**Flexible schedule Part/Full time offered
**Pay rate $16/hour

We are looking for highly motivated and dependable individuals who are able to work in a fast-paced environment and provide excellent care to our dogs.

Kennel Attendant Requirements:

  • Must have a love for dogs.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must have reliable vehicle.
  • Must have honest and dependable personality traits and strong work ethic
  • Must possess work habits for working independently and part as of a team, to multi-task and pay attention to detail.
  • Must by physically able to lift 40+ pounds, stand, sit or squat for extended periods of time.
  • MUST available for flexible scheduling and working weekends and holidays.
  • Prefer experience which demonstrates strong dog handling skills and comfort around dogs of all sizes and temperaments. Although previous animal experience is strongly preferred, we will train the right person.

Kennel Attendant Description:

  • Walk dogs according to kennel's policy in all weather conditions.
  • Rotate dogs in and out of play yards.
  • Pick up dog waste.
  • Feeding.
  • Ensure fresh water is provided at all times.
  • Administer medications.
  • Observe dogs for any signs of illness and report to kennel supervisor.
  • Transport dogs to vet offices or other locations if necessary.
  • Ensure all play yards are clean and fresh water is available at all times.
  • Rake leaves when necessary.
  • Shovel snow when necessary.
  • Extensive cleaning of the facility including:
  • Clean and sanitize kennels and ensure clean bedding.
  • Sweep floors.
  • Mop floors.
  • Clean counter tops and surfaces.
  • Wash dishes.
  • Laundry (wash, dry, fold and store)
  • Empty garbage

7 days a week: 8 am to 6 pm

In your response email, please list the following:

  • List your availability based on the shifts/hours above. List all possible shifts. Doesn't mean you will work them all. The more availability, the better.
  • Are you in school or do you have another job. If so, please attach or list schedule.
  • Your previous experience with dogs
  • Attach Resume
  • How far do you live from Hopatcong, NJ? Are you comfortable driving in inclement weather? We house live animals that NEED us there, regardless of weather conditions.
  • Please set yourself apart and tell us why you'd make a good member of our team!

Please send your resume and additional info to: OSCARRescue@yahoo.com.



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