World’s most traveled dog Oscar dies after hit by car, owner Joanne Lefson announces

By on Jan 18, 2013 in Africa, Animals, United States, World Comments

Oscar, the world’s most traveled dog has passed away after it was hit by a car. The sad news was announced by Joanne Lefson, who adopted the dog from SPCA in Cape Town, South Africa in 2004. Oscar the Dog became famous for his photos, posing with some of the world’s most famous places, promoting dog adoption.

Oscar Dog Disneyland

World’s most traveled dog Oscar in Disneyland
Image Credit: Oscar World Woof Tour Facebook

Oscar tragically died on (Friday) January 11, 2013, leaving a deep void in the world that he so extensively traveled to promote and adoption for his homeless friends everywhere. From a cement block in Cage B5 at a Cape Town shelter to taking on the world, Oscar lived an extraordinary life.” A statement reads at

“You lived a life beyond imagination. You oozed absolute good; you made everyone who saw you smile and made all who knew your story open their hearts that much more. You were a light in the dark sphere of pet homelessness and you gave us all hope.” Lefson wrote at the official Facebook fan page of Oscar this Thursday, January 17.

“If given the chance to say something, I know Oscar would want to thank everyone who made him feel so very loved, supported, and welcome wherever he went. He’d salute all those wonderful caring people who have adopted a dog and given a homeless dog like he once was a chance to experience life.” Lefson added.

As noted by Lefson, Oscar died after being hit by a car in San Jose, California, but did not reveal further information on the incident. A memorial service, which will celebrate Oscar‘s life, will be held in Cape Town on Friday, January 25, 2013. Additional details will be posted at Oscar World Woof Tour Facebook fan page.

Oscar was noted to have traveled in 36 countries on 5 continents since 2009, spreading “adopt a dog” awareness. Among the world’s most famous landmarks that Oscar have visited include Eiffel Tower in Paris, the pyramids in Egypt, Great Wall of China, and most recently, Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

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