The Furry Oscar Rescue Foundation, Inc.

Photo by Jeb MacVittie

Oscar was a rescue dog.


Oscar was in a public shelter, heartworm positive, and would likely have been euthanized if not for the rescue efforts of A New Beginning Pet Rescue, located in Orlando, Florida.  A New Beginning removed him from the shelter, treated his heartworms, and he was then available for adoption.  I adopted Oscar from A New Beginning on April 23, 2005. 

Oscar was very social, and loved both people and other dogs.  Cats…well, he thought cats were something to be chased, along with squirrels and bunnies.  Eventually, a kitten named Bear who lived in our neighborhood in Tallahassee insisted on being Oscar’s friend, and Oscar decided cats weren’t so bad after all.  Oscar loved going on walks and playing with his plush squeaky toys.  His favorite treat was bits of boiled chicken.

For over nine years, Oscar went almost everywhere with me.  He loved riding in the car.  Oscar and I had lunches and dinners at many pet-friendly restaurants with outdoor seating.  He traveled with me on trips to visit friends and family, and we stayed at pet-friendly hotels along the way.  Everywhere we went, people commented on how adorable he was, or how well-behaved he was.  We could hardly walk down the street or sit at a restaurant without someone stopping to say hello to him and pet him.  He adored the attention. 

Being Oscar’s pet parent was a joy and an adventure.  Every day was a gift, and I am so grateful that he was rescued and became a part of my life.  Oscar passed away on July 31, 2014, at the age of 14.  He will always be missed, but will live in my heart and the hearts of all those who knew and loved him, always.  The Furry Oscar Rescue Foundation was formed in his memory, to help other rescue dogs (and cats) like Oscar to find their forever homes with loving families.


Sue Tomko, President

The Furry Oscar Rescue Foundation, Inc.


The Story of Furry Oscar