Common Bonds

Oklahoma. Pets. People. Places.

Common Bonds is an Oklahoma-based coalition of local, state, and national animal welfare organizations united to end the needless euthanasia of cats and dogs in our state's animal shelters.


About Us

Our name tells our story. Each of the partners of Common Bonds shares in the 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 eighth in the United States for shelter euthanasia, with more than 18,000 cats and dogs killed in 2019. Common Bonds is united to raise the statewide live release rate from the current 73-percent to 90-percent by 2025. This coalition is pursuing that shared goal by strengthening relationships with shelters managers and communities. Our network also encourages shelters to report their intake and release data in the Shelter Animals Count national database while committing to the 90-percent live release rate. To reduce shelter intake we also promote responsible pet ownership by connecting needs with opportunities and resources to expand affordable and accessible spay neuter services. 


Our Work

Through a collective impact framework, we bring animal welfare organizations together in a structured way in pursuit of our united goal. Our partners first came together in 2018 to define the problem and create a shared vision to solve it. In 2019 the structure was created to pursue the work and in 2020 our coordinated efforts began on three primary fronts, shelter best practices, affordable and accessible spay neuter services, and community leadership.


Shelter Best Practices

Connecting Oklahoma animal shelters together to explore best practices, share resources, and build community.

With this initiative, our goal is to support the welfare of animals in need. With the support of our dedicated community, our Advocacy efforts go a long way. Learn more about this initiative and how you can help.


Affordable and Accessible Spay Neuter

One of the critical puzzle pieces to lower animal intake numbers in Oklahoma shelters.

We are dedicated to stepping up our Rehabilitation efforts, which is by no means an easy feat. But through cooperation and community involvement, we believe we can facilitate progress in this area.


Community Leadership

Recognizing communities that are working proactively to save more shelter animal lives.

With our mission always in mind, we strive to find new strategies to make our Rescue efforts more effective. Contact us to learn more about our team’s hard work and commitment to this cause.

Road Show 2.jpg

Collective Impact

The collaboration structure at the heart of Common Bonds that brings participants from different sectors to a shared agenda for solving specific problems.

With this initiative, our goal is to support the welfare of animals in need. With the support of our dedicated community, our Advocacy efforts go a long way. Learn more about this initiative and how you can help.

Shelter Meeting 1.jpg

Low Cost Pet Services

For pet owners

The following resource, created by Common Bonds' partner Dr. Amy Tyler with St. Francis Animal Resource Center, features information about affordable pet care options for pet food and supplies, veterinary care, vaccinations, spay neuter services, and TNR. There is also a map that shows you where these services are located, as well as a form to add additional organizations that provide low-cost pet care services (to navigate horizontally and vertically use the scroll bars on the right and bottom).

Dog & Cat Pals

What's New


Animal Legislation Previewed

February 5, 2022

The senior state director for the Humane Society of the United States looks ahead at the upcoming Oklahoma legislative session.


Get in Touch

1001 W Wilshire Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73116


  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Twitter

Thanks for submitting!