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.


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Another Chance for English Setters
Elaine Asner
August Busch III Charitable Trust
Gary Ault and Cathy McCredie
Brian Baker
Gerard Bava
Judith Becker
Judith Beheler
Randy Benz
Marcia Block
Carolyn Bopp
Wendy and Les Borowsky
Lisa Bower
Charles Buchholz and Carolyn Olsen
Jill Burleson
Carol House Furniture
Roberty Checkley
Chod Family Foundation
David Coleman and Aime Schilson
Mary Creason
Cecelia Cuba
Cutter Company
Chris Dalton
Pamela Dauphin
David Deckman
Judy Dixon
Ruthann Dougherty
Sandra Doyle
Julie Dubman
Edward Chase Garvey Foundation
Mary Eigel
Susan Eigel
Aubrey Evans
Carla Farrell
Harriett Felman
Charles and Kathleen Freeman
Friends of Open Door Animal Sanctuary
Norma Garner
Jim and Cathy Gidcumb
Gene Graves
Gsell Brothers Concrete
Betty Halliday
Ronald Hancock
Galen and Janet Harrison
Dupree and Margaret Heard
Mary Hoekstra
Jacqueline Holder
George and Babs Holtzman
Geri Hufker and Celeste Ruwee
Mary Imo
Integrity Marketing & Mail Solutions LLC
Kendall and Amanda Itoku
Richard Johnson
Janice Jones
Crytal Kennedy
Joan Kernebeck
Georgia King
Henry Knock
Ruth Kraemer
Peggy Krause
Doris Layman
Mark Leifield and Lynn Rowan
Kent and Susan Lerbs
Amy Levin
Richard Lohse
Steven Lucinski
Herman Mangold
Dan and Donna Marion
Jack Marks
Sharon McGee
Rachel Meltzer
Anthony Michaels
Sarah Bryan Miller
Dave and Anne Morgan
Thomas Morris
Robert Mueller and Martha Grove
Mutt Nation Foundation
Lynn Neill
Kathryn Nelson
Abigale Ottenberg
Eileen Pacino
Petfinder Foundation
Petsmart Charities
Pfizer Foundation
Laura Placio
Prudential Select
Linda Rasmann
Regions Bank
David Reissig
Beverly Reitz
Richard and Marie Rhodes
Phyllis Rippel
Karen Roebuck
Andrea Rothbart
Susan Ryan and Brian Butts
John Sabourin
Julia Schimmelpfennig
Beth Schlegel
Carol Schmidt
Larry Schnieders
Jane Simmerman
Nancy Siteman
Donald Soper
Sue Stangler
Sandra Stemmler
Daniel Stock
Mary Strauss
Bob and Marti Stricker
Joanne Szapszewicz
Tatman Foundation
Edward Thompson
Gary Vajda
Raymond and Laura Van de Riet
Nancy Wagner
Leslie Wainwright
Roberty and Laura Walsh
Welsch Heating and Cooling
Keith and Kristen Wenk
Karen Wentzel
Timothy and Lynn White
Edward Willey
Robert and Coralee Williams
David Wood
John and Sherry Wood
Lovetta Wulfekuhler Trust
Warren Wyman
Chris Zacher
Thelma Zalk
Kathleen Zorica


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.