Oscar, beloved companion to Joanne Lefson of South Africa, died tragically on January 11, 2013, in a car accident in California. Oscar traveled the world with Lefson promoting the benefits of pet adoption as a Shelter Animal Ambassador.
As reported in 2011 by the International Pet Examiner, Oscar and Lefson embarked on a global journey called the World Woof Tour where they visited animal shelters, animal rescue organizations and orphanages in an effort to promote animal adoption and to raise money for The Oscar Foundation, an organization the promotes dog adoption and sterilization. This journey was documented in a book published by Lefson titled Ahound the World, My Travels with Oscar (Zebra Press, 2010). Oscar was well known and well loved by people around the world and all were sad to hear of his passing.
Oscar and Lefson had been traveling in the states and even appeared on Good Morning America last October. After Oscar’s passing, a memorial page was put up on the World Woof Tour website. It states:
“From a cement block in Cage B5 at a Cape Town shelter to taking on the world, Oscar lived an extraordinary life. He was the impossible dream, the starry light in the dark sphere of pet homelessness and his rested heart beats through the countless dogs that have been given a second chance as a direct result of his fine example and inspiring life.”
There is also a memorial video on YouTube.
Oscar will be missed, but his mission to help shelter pets continues. Visit the World World Tour website for more information.
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