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.


Matthew and Casey Arnold
Richard & Sandy Aversa
Brian Baker
Bank of America
Mike and Cathy Bateman
Randy and Billie Jean Benz
The Boeing Company Matching Gift Fund
Carolyn Bopp
Wendy and Les Borowsky
James L Brand and James Stuemky
Mark and Susan Bronson
Charles Joseph Buchholz
Jill M Burleson
August Busch III
Carol House Furniture
Marcelle Castillo
Ruth Shirley Chase
Robert Checkley
The Chod Family Foundation
Dennis Cloud, DVM and Sharon Cloud
Gary Eberhardt, Attorney at Law
Kathryn G. Favre Charitable Foundation
Harriett Felman
Mark and Sandra Fischels
Charlie and Kathleen Freeman
Friends of Open Door Animal Sanctuary
Fox School District Students
Edward Chase Garvey Foundation
Gateway FurMeet
Greater St. Louis Community Foundation
Grimco, Inc.
G’Sell Bros Concrete
William W. and Betty Halliday
Martha Harbaugh
Geralyn Hayes
Dupree & Margaret Heard
Herbert & Katherine Hennemann Irrev Trust
Geri Hufker and Celeste Ruwwe
Amanda and Kendall Itoku
Richard & Lesa Johnson
Michael Jones
Courtney Keefe
Shannon Kellenberger
Don Kelley
Mark & Heather Krapf
Robert Krull
Ananth Lalithakumar
Doris M Layman
Mark Leifield & Lynn Rowan
Kent and Susan Lerbs
Stephen & Amy Levin
Kenneth Littlefield
Bob and Judy Magraw
Merri Manetzke
Dan and Donna Marion
Jack Marks
Gary Ault and Cathy McCredie
Anthony Michael
Millennium Pain Management
George & Bonnie Moore
Anne Morgan
Mary A Mott
Kevin & Michol Mullen
Robert Mueller and Martha Grove
Lynn Neill
Nestle Purina Pet Care Company
Diana L Nicolas
Anne and Harlan Pals
Petfinder Foundation
J. Dwight Prade
Dr. Mark & Mrs. Clara Pultman
Beverly Reitz
Robert & Lana Richard
Sharon Roberts
Stef Robinson
Karen Roebuck
Deborah Marie Rolwing
Andrea Rothbart
Susan Ryan and Brian Butts
John Sabourin
Safety National
Teresa Scheel
Beth Ann Schlegel
Carol Speck Schmidt
Larry Schnieders
Helga Schwabenland
Jonathan Sidarous
Jane F. Simmerman
Nancy Siteman
Phyllis Smith
Donald Soper
R. Thomas Spalding
Sue Stangler
STLRB Family Foundation
Daniel Stock
Mary Strauss
Bob and Marti Stricker
Tatman Foundation
TCC Gives, Inc
Greg and Valerie Thebeau
Michael and Carol Underriner
Mark Usery
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Vajda
Michael & Laurie VanCleave
Raymond & Laurie Van de Riet, Jr.
Nancy Van Dillen
John & Nancy Wagner
Welsch Heating & Cooling
Karen Lynn Wentzel
William Wertz
Edward and Patricia Willey
Robert & Coralee Williams
John & Sherry Wood
Terry Yenigues
Michael Zey


TCC Gives

STLRB Family Foundation

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.