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Rescued Dog Becomes Major Globetrotter with a Message

> Oscar poses under the Statue of Liberty. Actually, it looks like Oscar is about to use the Statue of Liberty as a chew toy....

Maria Goodavage  |  Dec 21st 2009


>Oscar poses under the Statue of Liberty. It actually looks like Oscar is about to use the Statue of Liberty as a chew toy. (Photo: CATERS)
Oscar poses under the Statue of Liberty. Actually, it looks like Oscar is about to use the Statue of Liberty as a chew toy. (Photo: CATERS)

Most people who want to send a message about the importance of adopting pets do it by volunteering at shelters. Or donating to shelters. Or even writing about them.

But not Joanne Lefson. She sold her home and took her rescued dog, Oscar, on an around-the-world trip most people only dream about. She wanted their six-month, $400,000+ journey to call attention to the fact that there are some amazing dogs waiting to be rescued at shelters across the globe.

Oscar in Machu Picchu (Photo: Caters)
Oscar in Machu Picchu (Photo: CATERS)

Lefson adopted Oscar from a South African shelter just one day before he was to be euthanized.

“When I discovered what a wonderful dog Oscar was, it broke my heart to think how many ‘Oscar’s’ are still out there and simply just don’t get that second chance,” Lefson told the Telegraph.

So she packed up their bags and brought the message of adoption across the globe on what Lefson dubbed their “World Woof Tour.”

They visited 29 countries on five continents, and had major photo opps at some of the planet’s most famous landmarks. Among them: The Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, the pyramids of Egypt, and the Great Wall of China. According to an article in the Mirror, Oscar left his mark on the wall. Yes, he did a leg lift on the Great Wall.

There were adventures along the way, including being chased by Italian police, and making their way through crocodile-infested waters. And there was love, as is befitting any epic journey. In Bucharest, Oscar is purported to have fallen for a stray named Zara. He will soon be reunited with her, thanks to his person working with the Romanian Animal Rescue to have Zara flown to their home in Capetown, South Africa.

We want to learn more about their journey. There must be a book or a movie in this somewhere: Dog gets rescued one day before he is to be put down, dog goes on worldwide adventure, dog saves countless other homeless dogs by raising awareness of the great animals available at shelters. It has Disney written all over it…

Oscar in Egypt. Yum, another dog treat!

Oscar in Egypt. Yum, another dog treat! (Photo: CATERS)