Become Oscar's Godparent
Oscar needs you
$25 will buy enough pee pads for Oscar for a month
$100 will pay for Oscar's senior vet visit
$200 will feed Oscar for 3 months
A Gift for your donation
If you donate $25 or more, you get a 2.75" x 3.5" ornament of Oscar (with hanging ribbon), painted on 140lb archival watercolor paper by illustrator and artist Lisa Nelson. She will write your preferred message on the back.
At checkout, we offer to either hang it on The Phinney's Angels Tree until the end of January, 2021, or mail it now to you or anyone you would like. The ornaments hung on the tree are laminated. Visit the Phinney's Angels Tree at The Pierce Park at 17 Weston Rd, Lincoln, MA.
Three years ago, Oscar “the little, grumpy old man” came to live with Phinney's volunteer, Pam, when Oscar’s mom, Shirley, was moved into a nursing home. Pam became his permanent foster mom through Phinney's: she provides all the love and care Oscar needs, and Phinney's pays for vet care and supplies.
Oscar is a teenage terrier with the typical set of conditions associated with old age. He doesn't see or hear well, has no teeth in his tiny mouth, and boasts a cantankerous and therefore very funny personality. He is also incontinent, which requires him to wear bellybands and use pee pads.
Despite having to be constantly monitored and moved around, “he’s a good trooper,” says Pam, who enjoys Oscar's antics and loves him despite the challenges of caring for him. In return, the little guy follows her everywhere, to her grooming salon, office, or den, which all have enough space for him to stretch and play as he wishes. He loves to snuggle and sit on a warm lap or take a leisurely nap when Pam is not working.
"Shirley never wanted to give up Oscar," says Pam. "She loved Oscar, and he always reminds us of Shirley. He always reminds of something that maybe we did right.”
Pam is our hero. Thanks to her, Phinney's can keep its promise of fighting for both the happiness of the pet and the person when it's not possible to keep them together.
Help Oscar continue to be happy and safe with Pam
Make a recurring donation or one-time donation today