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.


Abi Ottenberg
Alicia L. Flamm
Amie Schilson and David Coleman
Andrea Rothbart
Andrew & Dereth Buchmann
Ann and Don Kelley
Anne and David Morgan
Anne and Harlan Pals
Anthony Michael
August A. Busch III Charitable Trust
Beth Ann Schlegel
Bob and Judy Magraw
Bob and Marti Stricker
Brian Baker
Bronwyn & Georgia King
Brook Dubman
Carla Farrell
Carol House Furniture
Carol Speck Schmidt
Carolyn Bopp
Charlie and Kathleen Freeman
Chris Zacher
Dan and Donna Marion
Daniel Stock
David and Kathleen Wood
Deborah Marie Rolwing
Debra DeMoulin
Dennis Cloud, DVM and Sharon Cloud
Donald Soper
Dorcas Wasson
Dr. John Stuemky and Dr. James Brand
Dupree & Margaret Heard
Edmond Kohne Trust Cindra Wright TTEE
Edward and Patricia Willey
Edward Chase Garvey Foundation
Edward Chod / Chod Family Foundation
Emilie Barta
Fifth Generation/ Tito’s Vodka
Four Legged Kids, Inc
Gail Carnahan
Galen & Janet Harrison
Gary Ault and Cathy McCredie
George & Bonnie Moore
George & Helen Smith
Gerard J Bava
Gina and David Deckman
Greg and Valerie Thebeau
Grimco, Inc
G’Sell Bros Concrete
Harriett Felman
Herman & Ethel Mangold Estate
Jack Marks
James & Catherine Gidcumb
James and Lynn Neill
Jane F. Simmerman
Janice T Jones
Jeanet Wade
Jennifer Barrett
Jill M Burleson
John & Nancy Wagner
John & Sherry Wood
Judith Beheler
Julia D Richey
Karen Lynn Wentzel
Karen Roebuck
Kathleen Giger
Kathryn G Favre Charitable Foundation
Kent and Susan Lerbs
Larry Schnieders
Linda Rasmann
Marcelle Castillo
Mark & Sandra Fischels
Mark Leifield & Lynn Rowan
Martha Harbaugh
Mary A Mott
Mary Creason
Mary Eigel
Mary Frances Oswald
Mary G Bard
Mary Holtz
Mary Kitchen
Mary Strauss
Matthew and Casey Arnold
Merri Manetzke
Michael & Laurie VanCleave
Michele Lommel
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Vajda
Nancy Siteman
Nancy Van Dillen
Norman & Valery Steiner
Peggy Wolf
Phyllis Smith
Randy & Billie Jean Benz
Raymond & Laurie Van de Riet, Jr.
Richard & Lesa Johnson
Richard & Sandy Aversa
Richard Dale Cox
Robert & Coralee Williams
Robert & Lana Richard
Robert and Pamela Stover
Robert Checkley
Robert Kevin Trautwein
Robert Mueller and Martha Grove
Ruthann Dougherty
Sabourin Giving Fund
Stefanie Robinson
Steven Dooley
STLRB Family Foundation
Sue Stangler
Susan Ryan and Brian Butts
Tatman Foundation
Teresa Scheel
Timothy & Lynn White
Wendy and Les Borowsky
William W & Betty Halliday


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.