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

Our Adoptable Pet List

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Our dogs/cats are not first come/first serve. We place our dogs/cats with the home that is the best fit for them. Not all animals are good in all homes, whether its their personalities, nature, or breed. We base our decision on whats best for the dog/cat and the family. Thanks for understanding!

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Adoption & Fundraising Events:

Oct 2, Sunday - Pet Adoption (12:00Noon-2:00pm) Pet Valu 1930 Route 57 The Shoppes at Mansfield Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Oct. 7, Friday - Talbots for OSCAR Fund Raising Event (6:00pm-8:00pm) Talbots 25 Sparta Ave Sparta, NJ O.S.C.A.R. will get a percentage of sales that night! Talbots - Fundraiser for OSCAR

Oct. 9, Sunday - “Blessing of the Animals” at Waterloo UMC 10:00am followed by a Pet Adoption & Supply Drive (11:00am-1:00pm) Waterloo Village United Methodist Church 525 Waterloo Road Byram, NJ 07874 (Use Stanhope, NJ, for GPS purposes.)

Oct. 22, Saturday - 'Dog Walk of the Dead' Event Pet Adoption (Multiple Groups) Supplies Collection/Donation Drive (11:00am-4:00pm) Sussex County Fairgrounds Augusta, NJ 07822

Oct. 29, Saturday - Supply Drive (9:00am-4:00pm) Newton Walmart 26 Hampton House Rd. (Rt 206) Newton, NJ 07860

Who We Are

One Step Closer Animal Rescue is a 501c3 non-profit organization. We are a rescue group that focuses on animals in desperate situations. We rescue dogs and cats from shelters where they have no room and euthanaize due to space. All of our animals we rescue are full vetted and fixed. They are all great animals very deserving of great homes. Our rescue was created through the desire to save more lives that all our members have. We all have a passion to save animals as well as a commitment to ensure great futures for all our animals we rescue.

Adopting a friend

Adoption Process:
1.Fill out an application (visit for an application to fill out)
2.Home Visit
3.Adoption contract & adoption fee


ADOPTING - For pets near you, check out: or or Dont buy while others die. Youre new best friend is closer than you realize.

FOSTERING - You can take a dog or cat into your home for a period of time (1 week to a few months). You take care of them and give them the extra time they need until they find a home of their own. Many animals are very adoptable but are in high-kill shelters where they only have 3 days to find a home. Most just need more time to find their new family. This is a very rewarding experience to know YOU were the reason they are alive, you were part of their journey to find their forever home.

TRANSPORTING - These volunteer legs (usually 45 minutes to 1 hour each way) are the difference between life and death for most animals. Many shelters down south put to sleep 250 dogs per week. It's unbelievable, but it's true. Many rescues up north have the room and can rescue these dogs; its just a matter of getting people/families to volunteer to drive a leg. Each leg varies according to area, availability of transporters, and rescues. How it works is a coordinator sets up a run sheet that they send out with a route on it, people volunteer for the leg in their area that best fits into their schedule or their hearts. If you would like to volunteer for transport, please email us for more info: Transport is a crucial part of animal rescue and we can always use help. Thank you!

SUPPLY DRIVE - We collect old blankets, towels, sheets; small, medium & large dog collars, leashes; carriers/crates; dog food; dog beds; and monetary donations for vet bills (spay/neuter).

FUNDRAISING - We are always looking for people to help with events and even plan them.

Thousands of animals are saved each month by a network of rescuers who work together. Please join us and help make a HUGE difference!

For more information, please email

Supplies we need:

Crates/Kennels (wire or plastic)
Paper Towels
Dog bowls
Dog/Puppy Food (dry and canned)
Flea Medications (spray or monthly)
Collars-all sizes
Dog Beds
Cleaning Supplies (bleach, pinesol, paper towels..etc.)
Plastic Gloves (medium and large)
Puppy Play Pens (aka X pens)
Dog Treats/Bones
Dog Toys
Garage Bags

To donate a bed:

Making Donations!

One Step Closer Animal Rescue is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE to the extent allowed by law. If you would like to make a donation to help us rescue more animals please send donations to PO Box 248, Sparta, NJ 07871. Please make your check payable to O.S.C.A.R.. All donations go directly to the care of the animals, we are strictly a volunteer based group. Thank you for helping us save as many lives as we can.

Come Visit Us!

Because our rescue is run from our foster homes, we do require that you email and make an appointment before meeting the animals.

One Step Closer Animal Rescue (O.S.C.A.R.)
Foster Homes in Sussex, Warren, Passaic, Essex, & Morris Counties
PO Box 248
Sparta, NJ 07871

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