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Our Featured Sparta, NJ Partner:

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

PO Box 248
Sparta, NJ 07871

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

Pets at Our Rescue Group:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

We are a foster based rescue, which has foster homes in Sparta, Sussex, Warren, Morris, Essex, and Passaic Counties.

About Our Rescue Group:

Adoption Events & 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)
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
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

Please visit our website at

One Step Closer Animal Rescue is a 501c3 non-profit organization. We are a smaller rescue group that focuses on animals in desperate situations. We rescue dogs and cats from shelter where they have no room and euthanaize due to space or no food. All of our animals we rescue are fully vetted and spayed/neutered, unless they are too young to be altered. 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.

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 it’s their personalities, nature, or breed. We base our decision on what’s best for the dog/cat and the family. Thanks for understanding!

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/Chews
Garage Bags

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.

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Come Meet our Pets:

There are 6-8 million cats and dogs entering shelters each year, half of which are EUTHENIZED (HSUS estimate)


ADOPTING—For pets near you, check out: or or
Don’t buy while others die. You’re 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.

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, email

Our Adoption Process:

Adoption Process:
1.Fill out an application
2.Home Visit
3.Adoption contract & adoption fee

For an application go to:

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.