PAWS to PARTY 2021 has been cancelled/postponed

August 9, 2021

Open Door Animal Sanctuary

Statement on the cancellation of Paws to Party Event scheduled for August 22, 2021

After lengthy consideration and with great concern for our guests’ health and the safety of our community, the leadership of Open Door Animal Sanctuary has made the decision to cancel our August 22nd event, Paws to Party due to the current Delta variant-driven Covid-19 surge that is present in St. Louis County where our event is to be held and a majority of our guests reside.

Our decision is based on the Brief on Covid-19 Surge dated 8/4/21 from the St. Louis County Department of Public Health and its recommendations regarding indoor social gatherings, the current percentage of unvaccinated individuals in St. Louis City, County, and Jefferson County, the evidence of possible transmission among both un-vaccinated and vaccinated individuals, and the average age of our guests.

When the decision was made to move forward with an in-person event, we had anticipated and hoped that vaccination rates and Covid-19 cases and their resultant negative health outcomes would not be the critical threat they are so close to our event.  Unfortunately, this is the current reality and we have to make prudent decisions to protect the safety of our supporters and the public.

As we are unsure at this time of a definite plan to reschedule or offer the event in an alternate format, we plan to issue full refunds for those who have purchased tickets (both general admission and patron level tickets) and will be offering refunds for our generous sponsors as well.  Refunds will be made using the method of original payment unless otherwise advised.  If there are questions regarding this process, please contact Carrie Warren at 636-671-3643 or

We ask for your understanding regarding this difficult and carefully considered decision and hope you will continue to support our organization and our mission to serve homeless animals, giving them the highest quality of life and a second chance to find a forever family.  Thank you.


The Leadership of Open Door Animal Sanctuary