Puppy Rescued from Dumpster Gets a Second Chance

April 9, 2013

BOSTON, April 9, 2013 – A seven-week-old Pit Bull mix puppy named “Oscar” is getting a second chance at life after a good Samaritan rescued him from a trash-filled dumpster in Barnstable, Mass. in February, and brought him to the MSPCA-Angell Adoption Center in Jamaica Plain, Mass.  Despite suffering a broken jaw—likely a result of being thrown into the dumpster—the spirited and playful puppy wanted nothing more than to cuddle with the veterinary staff who tended to him upon his arrival.

Now eight weeks after his arrival, staffers are looking for the perfect forever home for the puppy.  Oscar’s jaw is healing well; he has been neutered, is up to date on all of his shots and will be microchipped before he goes home.   Would-be adopters are encouraged to email adoption@mspca.org to inquire about the process and learn more about him.

From Dumpster to Foster Care

When Oscar first arrived at the MSPCA-Angell he was evaluated by shelter veterinarians at the Shalit-Glazer Clinic, which performs spay and neuter surgeries as well as other treatments and procedures on homeless animals before they are made available for adoption.  It was there that veterinary technician Andrea Bessler realized she could open her home as a temporary refuge until Oscar was adopted. 

Oscar was plucked from a dumpster by a good samaritan and brought to the MSPCA-Angell.  The playful pup is now looking for a loving forever home. (credit: MSPCA-Angell)

“I already have a number of pets at home so adopting Oscar was not an option for my family,” said Ruplis.  “But in hearing about what he went through—I knew I could provide him the kind of socialization in a loving family environment that would significantly increase his chances of finding the perfect forever home.”

The MSPCA-Angell’s three state-wide animal care and adoption centers take in, and place into new homes, thousands of homeless dogs, cats and other animals every year.  Oscar represents just one of the many animals who arrive every day—and whose futures are brighter as a result of the care they receive.  Readers can contribute directly toward the care of these animals by clicking here.



The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. The MSPCA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization. It does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization. The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions of individuals who care about animals. Please visit www.mspca.org.