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Common Bonds Works to Improve the Quality of Life in Oklahoma Communities through Animal Well-being

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We are a statewide partnership of organizations, agencies and individuals committed to the shared goal of reducing the number of dogs and cats euthanized in Oklahoma animal shelters. Our work is inspired by the power of the human-animal bond and the positive community impact of animal wellbeing.


We work with partners across Oklahoma to achieve our shared goal,
connect our partners to each other for greater impact,
and foster respect and compassion for dogs and cats
among the people of Oklahoma.


Common Bonds is structured around the Collective Impact conditions of success, utilizing a systemic approach to social impact that focuses on the relationships between organizations and the progress toward shared objectives. Collective Impact begins with a Common Agenda that includes a plan and commitment to Shared Measurement, engages partner organizations in Aligned Action, and supports these conditions and regularly engages stakeholders through Backbone Support.



Community Leadership

We support a grassroots network of community members to lead and advocate for animal well-being and help advance Common Bonds in their communities.


Shelter Engagement and Best Practices

We support Oklahoma animal shelters in sharing best practices and collecting data.


Responsible Pet Ownership and Spay/Neuter

We promote affordable and accessible spay/neuter services and pet adoption from local shelters.


Collective Power Through Knowledge Sharing

W develop and share educational resources through partnerships, events and peer support.


  • Introducing the Scratch Pad
    About This Publication For the past year, Common Bonds has been working to strengthen relationships on the front lines of animal well-being in Oklahoma. As part […]
  • Oklahoma Faces Animal Euthanasia Crisis
    Oklahoma has made another top ten list, and not in a good way. According to the Pet Lifesaving Dashboard of Best Friends Animal Society’s No-Kill 2025 initiative, our state ranks 8th in the country for the number of cats and dogs euthanized in animal shelters.

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