Our Story

Formed in 2019

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. 

Cuddling Cats