The Founders Circle

Join our Inner Circle of Philanthropy

The Founder’s Circle was formed in 2014 in memory of the two dedicated women who founded Open Door Animal Sanctuary in 1975 – Joan Costello-Oetting and Carol Perkins. Their vision of giving every animal that comes to Open Door a second chance at life is to this day our guiding principle for the sanctuary. We will forever be grateful for their dedication and determination to give hope to all creatures, great and small.

The Founder’s Circle honors those who make annual gifts of $1,000 or more. This group of distinguished donors support Open Door’s mission with their extraordinary charitable gifts and are considered part of our inner circle of philanthropy.

Open Door recognizes members of the Founder’s Circle each year in the Honor Roll of Donors published in our newsletter, on our website, and at the annual Founder’s Circle Appreciation Dinner.

Please contact our Director of Development at for more information.


4-Legged Kids, Inc.
Alliance Credit Union
Susan and Brian Andrew
Matthew and Casey Arnold
Athletes for Animals
Auxiliary Board
Brian Baker
Mary G. Bard
Mike and Cathy Bateman
Randy and Billie Jean Benz
William Blair
Carolyn Bopp
Wendy and Les Borowsky
Stephan Bradbury and Elizabeth Hawk
Brice and Debby Breeden
Carol House Furniture
Ning-Yuan Chang
Ruth Shirley Chase
Robert Checkley
DaVita Dialysis
Brook Dubman
Laurel Ebling Trust
Gini and Vern Epstien
Kathryn G. Favre Charitable Foundation
Charles and Kathleen Freeman
Edward Chase Garvey Foundation
Keith and Pat Good
Chris Haire
William W. and Betty Halliday Foundation
Dupree and Margaret Heard
Martha Harbaugh
Geraldine Hufker and Celeste Ruwwe

Illinois Tool Works Foundation
Amanda and Kendall Itoku
Richard and Lesa Johnson
Robert E. Jones Foundation
Courtney Keefe
Shannon Kellenberger
Edward Kelley Trust
Ann and Don Kelley
Bronwyn & Georgia King
Kristina Kozlowski and Julian Jacquin
Doris M. Layman
Mark Leifield and Lynn Rowan
Rebecca Leinenbach
Kent and Susan Lerbs
Tina Lipschitz
Michele Lommel
Bob and Judy Magraw
Merri Manetzke
Dan and Donna Marion
Gary Ault and Cathy McCredie
Mi Industries
Anthony Michaels
Michael and Christine Mikesell
Sidney Moore
Tim Morgan
Robert Mueller and Martha Grove
Lynn Neill
Nestle Purina PetCare Company
Rick and Cindee Null
Mike and Denise Oppermann
Milton Oran
Vincent and Tammy Pace
Pedigree Foundation
Shirley Pfister

Laura Placio
J. Dwight Prade
Greg and Nadine Rinehart
Karen Roebuck
Greg Romire
Andrea Rothbart
Susan Ryan and Brian Butts
Teresa Scheel
Aime Schilson and David Coleman
Beth Ann Schlegel
Larry Schneiders
Helga Schwabenland
James & Phyllis Seidler
Jonathon Sidarous
Jane F. Simerman
Donald Soper
R. Thomas Spalding
Kimmel Spurgeon
Susan Stangler
Bob and Marti Stricker
Daniel Stock
Tatman Foundation
Greg and Valerie Thebeau
Trio Foundation of St. Louis
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Vajda
Michael and Laurie VanCleave
Nancy Van Dillen
John and Nancy Wagner
Scott and Gail Westerman
Edward and Patricia Willey
Michael Wiseman
John and Sherry Wood
Terry Yenigues


M.I. Industries

Open Door Animal Sanctuary does not receive any city, state or federal funding. It is the generosity of people and organizations that make our work possible. We recognize that each contribution represents a judgement of trust in our ability to help the animals, and we are deeply appreciative for every bit of support that we receive. Donations from individual persons provide a significant percentage of our annual funding and are essential to sustain our work. Open Door is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity. By giving to Open Door you have the opportunity to permanently change the future of our animals. Open Door has so many wonderful animals that need new homes. Even a small donation will make a BIG difference! A $50 gift can go towards spaying or neutering a pet. Donations – large and small – can help a young kitten that needs special medication or help a dog get the immediate care that it needs to get adopted.