Our name tells our story. Each of the partners of Common Bonds shares a common belief that humans have a unique connection with and responsibility to animals. That bond is at the heart of our collaborative work to save more shelter cats and dogs in Oklahoma. According to data sourced by Best Friends Animal Society, our state ranks ninth in the United States for shelter euthanasia, with more than 9,000 cats and dogs killed in 2021. Common Bonds is united to raise the statewide shelter animal save rate from the current 80.4% to 90% in 2025. Our coalition is pursuing this common goal by engaging three key stakeholder groups: animal shelter professionals, local government leaders, and community difference-makers. We encourage data reporting through Shelter Animals Count as an essential best shelter practice, advance the dialogue on animal well-being with city leaders, and connect resources with needs in our communities.