How to Groom Your Cat

Cats are known for being mostly independent and self-sufficient, but they still require their share of tender love and care. They do an impressive job of being self-groomers, but they also need a little help with their beauty routine to keep their fur in great shape and their toenails trimmed. Grooming your cat doesn’t have to be considered a chore; consider it quality time with your pet that has additional benefits! With the proper tools and routine, your cat will enjoy being brushed and groomed and will likely be more sociable as a result.

Start Them Young

If you have a kitten on your hands, it’s best to start grooming them now so that they will grow up to enjoy it. While young kittens do not shed, they will still enjoy being brushed with a very soft brush and they will benefit from the interaction. It’s also a good idea to play with them by touching their paws and massaging their paw pads – this will set the tone for when they are older and need regular manicures.

  • Even if you have adopted an older cat, the same touch and feel routine applies. Some cats may not have been conditioned to certain kinds of human interaction, so it may take them a little longer to feel comfortable with hands-on attention.

Incorporate Grooming into Their Normal Routine

If you want grooming to eventually become a pleasant experience for you and your cat, it is necessary to incorporate it into their routine. Schedule a time once a week for grooming your cat and eventually it will become quality time that both you and your cat will look forward to.

  • Cats with longer hair may require daily brushing to keep their fur from matting, which it can do quickly. It may be beneficial to start slow, though, and work up to daily brushes once your cat has become comfortable with the process.

Invest in Quality Products

The right grooming tools will make all the difference in a pleasant grooming experience for you and your cat. It is definitely worth investing in good, quality products. What grooming tools do you need? Here is a list of products that you may need.

  • Be sure to introduce your cat or kitten to these products slowly, before diving in to using them. Leave them sitting out near some of your cat’s favorite hang-out spots or bring them out while your cat is sitting comfortably in their bed or on your lap.
  • Expose your cat to the tools several times in a relaxed environment before attempting to use them.
  • Consider purchasing a variety of different brushes so that you can experiment and find the one that your cat prefers.

Find the Right Grooming Spot

Ideally, the best place to groom your cat will be the place that your cat feels the most comfortable. So, why not let your cat choose their favorite grooming spot? This may be in her favorite pet bed or even on your lap. However, if you choose to groom your cat on a hard surface like tile or granite, it’s a good idea to put a towel down so that your cat will have a grip and not be sliding around.

Keep Grooming Sessions Short

It isn’t necessary to try to fit everything into one grooming session, and more than likely your cat wouldn’t allow it anyways. Instead of trying to clean her ears, trim her nails and brush her all in one session, break it up and handle different elements on different days. Your cat will certainly appreciate it.

Find a Partner to Help

Cats aren’t too keen on doing things that they don’t want to do. It’s their world and we’re just living in it, remember? So, especially in the beginning, you will likely need a partner to help you keep your cat calm and still during the grooming process. Rather than strictly holding them down, focus on doing things that will help keep the cat calm, like petting them and talking softly to them. Don’t forget to offer your cat treats during and after grooming sessions!

The Benefits of Spaying and Neutering Your Pet

There are many benefits to having your pets spayed and neutered. While it is indeed beneficial to both you and your pet, it is also considered to be an important responsibility as a pet owner. There is a reason, or many rather, why shelters require any animal to be spayed or neutered before being adopted out of their facility. Let’s talk about some reasons as to why spaying and neutering is so beneficial to both you and your pet.

Health Benefits

Some of you may be wondering how putting your pet through surgery could possibly benefit their health. First of all, these surgical procedures are performed using the most minimally invasive techniques possible. In the case of spaying and neutering your pet, the benefits far outweigh any risk involved. Some of these benefits include:

Eliminating the risk of ovarian and testicular cancer

Reducing the risk of mammary gland tumors and/or uterine cancer, especially if done before the female’s first heat cycle

Reducing the desire to roam, which will help keep your pet safely out of the streets

Pets who have been spayed or neutered have been shown to lead longer, healthier lives

Behavioral Benefits

Spaying and neutering your pet can help to correct behavioral issues that you may be having with your pet.

Calm Aggressive Behavior – Some animals that remain intact have been known to display some aggressive behavior. This is most common among the males, and neutering has been shown to decrease aggressive behavior, as well as reduce the likelihood of dog bites.

Eliminate Desire to Spray or Mark Territory – Another common problem with male cats and dogs is their desire to spray or mark their territory. Neutering can help to eliminate this problem. No pun intended.

Keep Your Pet Out of the Street – As previously mentioned, spaying and neutering your pet can reduce your pet’s desire to roam. Female dogs and cats have a tendency to want to roam when they come into heat, resulting in the males exhausting every effort to get out and find a mate. This presents many dangers to your pet, including traffic accidents and fights with other animals.

Solution to Overpopulation

Overpopulation is a big problem facing the feline and canine communities. Spaying and neutering your pet makes you a part of the solution by –

Preventing unwanted litters of puppies and kittens

Reducing the number of animals being brought into shelters, ultimately helping to reduce the number of animals being euthanized each year

Free to a Good Home?

Overpopulation can also lead to more animals ending up in abusive situations. Oftentimes, when someone’s pet has an unexpected litter of puppies or kittens, they choose to rehome these animals for little to no rehoming fee. This can easily land animals in the hands of abusive owners.

Be a Part of the Solution

The mere thought of the number of stray animals that suffer from roaming the streets day after day, along with the thousands of homeless animals that sit in shelters day in and day out, is enough for us to know that we want to be a part of the solution. We want you to be a part of the solution as well. As pet owners, choosing to spay and neuter our four-legged friends is helping to reduce the number of homeless animals in our community, and we think that is a great solution to be a part of!

Now that you know more about the benefits involved in spaying and neutering your pets, put your knowledge into action. Make the appointment, improve your pet’s health, and make a difference in the lives of all animals in your community – SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS. Be a part of the solution and share your knowledge with pet owners alike.

Checklist of Must Have Products for Your Cat or Kitten

Are you the proud new owner of special cat or kitten? That’s awesome! Cats have the ability to bring a certain kind of love and affection into our lives that no other pet can match. So, what does your cat or kitten need from you? Well, we’re glad that you asked! There is a definite checklist of necessities that your new addition will need in order to thrive in their new loving home.

1.     Identification

Every cat needs to have the proper identification, regardless of whether they are an indoor or outdoor cat. All it takes is an open door for your cat to get curious and dart outside without anyone knowing. Make sure that your cat has a collar with an ID tag and/or a microchip to avoid them getting lost.

2.     Food and water bowls

Stainless steel or ceramic bowls are recommended for food and water, as some pets can have reactions to plastic bowls.

3.     Guide Book

It can’t hurt to pick up an educational book or two that will answer any likely questions you have along the way of caring for your new cat or kitten. These books can be extremely informative and can save you some stress if a problem arises.

4.     Comfy bed

Even though your cat’s favorite spot in the house may end up being a basket on the kitchen counter or maybe even the bathtub (we’re not kidding), it’s nice to provide them with a comfy bed that they can use for the occasional, and by occasional we mean frequent, cat naps.

5.     Litter box(es)

This one is definitely a necessity for obvious reasons. There are different types of litter boxes out there, and your best bet is to just choose the one that you prefer and if your cat doesn’t seem to be responding well to it, experiment with a different type. The key is to make sure that you place your cat’s litter box in a quiet, private spot in the house – cats need privacy, too!

6.     Cat Carrier/Crate

Having the proper cat carrier is essential to be able to safely transport your cat to and from vet appointments as well as for any necessary traveling. Cats typically do not respond well to traveling freely in a vehicle – the carrier will actually make for a more pleasurable experience for your cat.

7.     Scratching Post

One of a cat’s most natural instincts is to scratch. They do this to remove dead nails, mark their territory, and to stretch their bodies. Trust us, your household furniture will suffer in the absence of a proper scratching post, and these products have come a long way! You can even build your cat a luxury resort, complete with plenty of scratching and sleeping areas.

8.     Toys

Cats and kittens are known for their frisky behavior and scheduling playtime is an important part of socializing your new cat or kitten. Make sure to have a few toys available for playtime and if you really want to spice things up (no pun intended), you can sprinkle them with a little catnip!

9.     Grooming Tools

While cats are known for their self-cleaning abilities, they still need a little help from you to keep their beauty routine in check! Make sure you have proper brushes, safety nail clippers and teeth cleaning supplies to use during your scheduled grooming sessions.

10. A Healthy Diet

One of the biggest responsibilities of owning a cat or kitten is providing them with a healthy diet. It is important to pay attention to the ingredients that you are feeding to your pet in order to make sure that they are receiving a healthy, well-balanced diet with the proper nutrition. Wellness Pet Food offers a variety of different healthy recipes for your cat or kitten. Every cat is different and Wellness has a recipe that will cater specifically to your cat or kitten’s needs.

10 Summer Fun Ideas for You and Your Dog

Ah, the lazy days of summer are here. Why not make some fun summer memories with your pooch?

Here are 10 fun ideas for you.

1— Go for a long walk early – Whether you like to hike or simply stroll the city streets with your pet, take him or her out for an extra-long walk.  Just make sure you do it early before it gets too hot. You’ll both benefit from the increased exercise.

2- Pack a picnic (for both of you) – Take your dog to a relaxing outdoor setting and enjoy a meal together.

3Freeze a bandanna—Soak a bandanna in cold water and put it in the freezer for a couple of hours. On really hot days, you can tie it around your dog’s neck to help him cool down. This can help keep your pet safe on stifling summer days.

4— Hold a photo session—Whether it’s in your backyard or at a local park, get your pup posing for fun memories. If you really want to take it up a notch, hire a professional pet photographer.

5—Take your pet to the pet store—Let her pick out a new toy. Does your dog prefer chasing balls or destroying stuffed animals? Show her a couple of toys and let her choose.

6—Take your dog on vacation – Beach or mountains? No matter which you prefer, there are tons of pet-friendly options to choose from these days. Just make sure to make a reservation since it’s a busy time of year.

7— Try a dog activity you’ve never done – Dog Agility Courses or Canine Freestyle (dancing with your dog) are fun options.  Who knows, you might find a new hobby!

8–  Hunt for buried treasure –Geocaching is a fun activity where you use a GPS to locate hidden treasures near you.

9-Sprinkler fun – Set up a sprinkler on a hot day and watch your dog go wild with excitement.

10- Host a backyard pawty. Do you have a fenced in yard? If so, invite a few friends and their canine pals. Plan a few games like “Find the Treat” where you hide treats around the yard. You could even set up a simple obstacle course with a few cement blocks and boards for something to jump over. Add a wading pool at the end for water-loving pooches to cool off.

So there you, 10 fun ideas for you and your dog.  Which will you do this summer?

Poison Awareness – How to prevent it at home for your pets!

Attention pet owners! if you’ve never inspected your home or aren’t aware of the things that could be poisonous to your pet, now is the time to educate yourself! There are so many poisonous substances that can be harmful and even fatal to our pets, so it is important to know what’s in your home and also to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms that your pet may be in danger.

Here are some tips!

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Regular inspections are the best way to ensure that your home is free of elements that may be toxic to your pet. Let’s go room to room and talk about some things that could be harmful to your pet.

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms when it comes to poison prevention. People often make the mistake of assuming that certain table foods are safe for their pet, but this is a dangerous way of thinking. The following foods have been shown to be potentially harmful to pets –
Chocolate – especially dark chocolate, coffee, caffeine
Raisons and grapes
Yeast dough
Macadamia nuts
Raw or undercooked meat
Table salt
Garlic, onion and chives
These are just some of the most common foods that can be hazardous to your pet. Consult with your veterinarian before sharing any table food with your pet.

The bathroom can be a dangerous place for your pet. Make sure you keep the following items in a place that is not accessible to your pet –
Human and pet medications
Cleaning supplies
Bath salts and bathing liquids

Living Room
Household plants are a popular topic when it comes to poison prevention for our pets. If you are a pet owner and you like to keep plants in and around your home, be sure that you do your research before bringing a plant into your home that could be harmful to your pet.
Here are some other miscellaneous household items that can be toxic to your pet –
Plant fertilizer/plant food
Yarn, rubber bands, dental floss

Make sure that potentially toxic items are out of your pet’s reach. Pets can be pretty creative about finding a way to get into things, am I right?
Keep human medications and pet medications in separate areas, both secure and out of reach.

If you have multiple pets, make sure that their medications are kept separate, in order to keep them from getting mixed up.

Do the necessary research to educate yourself on the topics surrounding poison prevention. What items are toxic to your pet? Talk to your veterinarian to find out if there are certain foods that may be more toxic to your pet than others. Read up on household plants and make sure that you don’t keep any toxic plants inside your home. Knowledge is power!

Pay attention to the labels on the items in your home. The label will often warn you if the substance is toxic to you or your pet.
Before administering any medication to your pet, make sure you read and understand the directions, and follow any doctor’s orders exactly.

Do you know what the common signs and symptoms of poisoning are? This is an important part of poison prevention. If you notice that your pet is displaying any of the following signs or symptoms, call your veterinarian immediately!
Difficulty breathing

If you can’t get in contact with your veterinarian, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.

It is important to be prepared in the event that any emergency arises with your pet, and that includes possible poisoning. Keep emergency resources on hand and have the number of your local veterinary emergency hospital in an accessible place, so that you can seek help immediately.

Beat the Heat- How to Keep Your Pet Comfortable and Safe in the Summer Months

Summer is upon us, fellow pet lovers, and with summer comes lots of outdoor fun with our pets. However, depending on where you live, the summer heat can present many dangers to your pet. Pet owners can sometimes be oblivious to these dangers, which can result in many health risks for our furry friends. Keep your pet comfortable and safe this summer with these tips on how to beat the heat.

What Not to Do

With temperatures rising to potentially dangerous levels in the summer months, you have to be conscious of your pet’s safety. In the hot summer months, these are some of the ‘DONTS’ to keep in mind when caring for your pet in the heat.

  • Never leave your pet unattended inside of the car. Honestly, it is never a good idea to leave your pet unattended in a vehicle for any length of time beyond a couple of minutes, but this is especially true in the event of extreme temperatures, whether hot or cold. The inside of a car on just a warm day can reach dangerous and fatal temperature levels, and it can happen within minutes! Print out this Humane Society flyer to disperse and help to educate your community.
  • Do not put a muzzle on a dog while they are out in the heat. There is a reason why dogs start panting when they get really hot – it is a natural way of controlling their body temperature. When you put a muzzle on a dog while they are out in the heat, you are preventing this natural process from occurring, which can lead to over-heating or heat stroke.
  • Do not leave your pet outside for extended periods of time during extreme heat. If it is too hot for you to be outside for an extended period of time, then you should consider it too hot for your pet as well.

Warning Signs of a Heat Stroke
It is important to be aware of the signs that your pet may be in danger of a heat stroke. Some of these warning signs are –
  • Heavy panting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Excessive thirst
  • Lethargy
  • Glazed eyes
  • Lack of coordination
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Dizziness
  • Profuse salivation
  • Vomiting

Pets who are most susceptible to suffering from heat stroke are usually very old or very young, overweight, or pets not conditioned to prolonged exercise. Speaking of exercise, if you are out exercising with your pet and they suddenly insist on slowing down or laying down – this is a sign that your pet is over-heated or over-exerted. Listen to what your pet is trying to tell you. Here are some more helpful tips on recognizing the warning signs of a heat stroke. If you suspect that your pet is suffering from a heat stroke, move them to the shade or an air-conditioned area immediately, place ice packs or cold towels to their head, neck and chest and take them to the veterinarian as soon as possible.

Tips to Consider
  • If your pet is going to be outside in the heat for any extended amount of time, be sure that they have access to plenty of water.
  • Do not assume that a dog house is a proper place for your pet to cool off in the heat. Dog houses are built to prevent air movement and can build up heat quickly.
  • When taking your pet out to exercise or walk/jog, be aware that the hot asphalt/concrete can be damaging to your pet’s paws. You’ve walked barefoot on hot asphalt before, right?
  • The best way to cool down your pet is by placing cool water or cloths on their neck, pads of feet, or belly.
  • If you have a longer haired dog, consider getting their hair cut shorter in the summer months.
Now that you know how to keep your pet comfortable and safe in the hot, summer months – get outside and have some fun with your pet on those beautiful, sunny days. Just don’t overdo it and stay cool – literally and figuratively.

5 Things Your Cat Wants to Say to You

Calling all cat lovers!  Their quirky and loving ways are unlike the characteristics of any other pet that you may have. Cat lovers know that the presence of a cat in their life is irreplaceable by any other pet. Well,  we’re taking a stab at interpreting the complex minds of our furry cat friends and letting you in on some things that your cat has been dying to tell you – if your cat could talk, these are some things that he might say.

“I love you, but I need my space.”

If there is one thing that we know about cats, it’s that they are far less needy than the other pets in the house. They don’t need the constant attention and affections that some pets (ahem, dogs) sometimes need. There are some moments in which they love nothing more than to be curled up right beside you on the couch, and other moments in which they disappear into one of their secret spots and prefer not to be bothered (or found).

“Excuse me, the litter box isn’t going to clean itself.”

I mean, our cats do us the honorable service of basically training themselves to use the bathroom in the appropriate place, without any help from us. So, the least that we can do is keep their litter box clean so that they can continue to make our lives easier. Trust us, there are consequences for not keeping the litter box clean, but the fault will be all your own.

“The dog can stay, but don’t tell him I said that.”

Cats may not want to admit it, but they have a love/hate relationship with the dog of the house. They may act like the dog is the pain of their existence, but there is a love that exists between them deep down. Now, there are exceptions to every rule and sometimes the two pets simply cannot coexist together, but sometimes we think that it’s all just an act. We would be willing to bet that when no one is at home, Fido and Garfield are taking cozy naps together.

“Cats like treats too, you know.”

We’ve all been guilty of it – we go to the store and buy dog treats in five different recipes, but we don’t even venture over to the area where the cat treats are located. I mean, are cat treats even a thing? Well, our cats are here to tell us – yes, cat treats are most definitely a thing. In fact, Wellness offers cat treats in all different recipes and varieties, so give your cat something to purr about and surprise them with a brand new bag of delicious treats. No wonder cats have so much built up resentment towards dogs, right?

“Are you kidding me with that red laser light?!”

Now this is a game that we all have likely played with our cats. The ole laser light on the wall game. This game will send your cat into a complete focused frenzy where all they can think about is capturing that evil red light and destroying everything in their path while doing it. It’s hard to really tell, do our cats love this game or do they hate it? I guess we will never know, but the exercise has got to be good for them, right? So, grab some catnip and a laser light and make sure someone is ready with a camera – this is going to be good.

A Puppy Welcome Basket is a Fun Dog Gift Idea

Have a relative, friend or neighbor that recently welcomed a new pup into their home? What better way to show you care than with a puppy welcome basket?

Chock full of good things puppies love, the new puppy parents will be surprised and delighted by your thoughtful gesture.

Here are some dog gift ideas to include:

  • Puppy Kong – Kongs are great toys because they’re durable and can withstand sharp puppy teeth.  When filled with peanut butter or Wellness treats they can keep him occupied for hours.
  • Squeaky toys—Dogs love squeaky toys.  Plus, they come in cute shapes like bagels or rolled up newspapers.
  • Training pads— When a puppy has to go, he goes.  Help train him with special pads designed to sop up the mess.
  • Puppy toothbrush and toothpaste –  Banish puppy breath by keeping a clean mouth!
  • Shirt/collar/leash of parent’s favorite sports team  – Imagine how delighted they’ll be when Max shares this allegiance.
  • An assortment of Wellness® products (of course!) including an array of Dry and Wet Food great taste and all Natural! We do more than make pet food. We create Wellness.™

What are your favorite dog gift ideas for a puppy welcome basket?  We’d love to hear your suggestions on our Facebook Page! 

Going GRAIN FREE for your Dog

Going Grain Free for Your Dog: Why and How to Transition to Grain-Free Pet Food

Grain free pet foods are becoming increasingly more popular. Do you have a pup that’s always itchy? Or maybe your cat is experiencing digestive issues? Have you recently started eliminating grains from your diet and want to have your pets to follow the same healthy lifestyle? There are many reasons why as a pet parent, you might choose to try a grain free food.

If You’re Considering Going Grain-Free:

Because grain free foods don’t contain any fillers, you’ll notice the first ingredient will be either chicken, salmon, beef or another meat, poultry or fish protein source. This is why grain free foods are higher in protein than traditional pet foods. While many pets thrive on being fed a higher-protein recipe, some pets may have digestive upset with the increase in protein. That’s why we always recommend discussing any diet changes with your veterinarian first.

And not all grain free pet foods are created equal. It’s important that a grain free food be well balanced, offering an accurate protein to fat and carbohydrates ratio. This will ensure high digestibility and optimum nutrient absorption. Wellness grain free recipes are always complete and balanced, so they’re great for everyday feeding. We also include guaranteed levels of probiotics to help further support digestive health.

A good grain free recipe should also have natural sources of essential fatty acids like flaxseeds and other fruits and veggies as grain-free carbohydrate sources.

Here are some of the benefits you may see in your pet after going grain free:

-Healthy energy levels

-Soft, smooth skin and coat

-Maintenance or improvement of lean muscle mass

-Regular, fully-formed stools

-Potential clearing of food allergy symptoms (if pet has grain sensitivity)

How to Transition

  • Look for a reputable company that includes fresh fruits and veggies in their grain free recipes. (Like Wellness!) Some of our favorite grain free ingredients include superfoods like sweet potatoes and blueberries which provide antioxidant sources.
  • Make it a gradual transition – don’t suddenly switch your pet’s food as that can cause tummy aches. Instead, feed less of one food and replace it with another – over the course of at least a week.
  • See how your pet responds. Most people find that their dog’s stools are harder and denser when they switch to a grain free food. That makes clean up easier.

Wellness has a large variety of grain free dog and cat foods and treats, including our new Wellness Complete Health Grain Free dry dog food. For protein-rich nutrition, there’s also Wellness CORE dog and cat foods.

Do you have any questions about selecting a grain free recipe for your pet? Contact our exclusive retailer below

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International Homeless Animals Day

The number of homeless animals in this world is completely overwhelming. International Homeless Animals Day was set into motion in 1992 by the International Society for Animal Rights. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness regarding animal overpopulation and all of the factors that contribute to it.

Why Are There So Many Homeless Animals?

1. Failing to spay or neuter your pets: This is probably one of the biggest factors of animal overpopulation. It is a major responsibility of pet owners to have their pet spayed or neutered as soon as possible, and this responsibility is all too often ignored. Pet owners fail to do this and then allow their pets to roam the neighborhood streets, leading to accidental impregnation and ultimately more homeless pets roaming the streets. Adopting from a local shelter is always the best option as they don’t allow animals to be adopted out without first being spayed or neutered. Overpopulation is a serious issue and spaying and neutering is a simple answer.

2. Buying pets rather than adopting them: People often feel that pets that come from animal shelters are damaged in some way, which is just not true. People choose to buy their pets from breeders, or worse, puppy mills rather than adopting a pet from a local shelter. They think that if they have a specific breed of dog in mind, that means they have to buy from a breeder, but in reality there are shelters all over the country that are dedicated to rescuing breed-specific dogs, or cats for that matter.

  • If there is no room for more animals in the shelter, that leads to more homeless animals roaming the streets.
  • When you adopt a pet from an animal shelter you are saving two lives – the life of the pet you are bringing home and the life of the animal that will be able to take its place.

3. Surrendering your loyal pet: This is truly a devastating situation and it is all too common. Over half of the animals that are brought into shelters each year come from owner surrenders. People sometimes blindly enter into owning a pet without fully considering the responsibility that comes with it, and then when the cute puppy or kitten phase is over or when things get a little bit tough, they just drop them off at the shelter.

  • It is very important, especially when adopting a dog, to consider all aspects of the responsibility. If you have children, bring them to meet the dog before making a final decision. If you have other pets, explain to the shelter volunteers that you need a dog that will get along well with other pets.
  • If you can’t fully commit to owning a pet then don’t adopt. It takes a huge toll on an animal when they are rescued and then abandoned by surrendering them back to the shelter. This can cause separation anxiety and depression – all things that will make it difficult for a pet to find another home.

The Hard Truth

  • According to the RSPCA, approximately 133,495 animals entered their shelters for the year 2014 -2015 – 35% of them dogs and 40% of them cats.
  • Approximately 40,296 shelter animals are euthanized just in the year 2014 -2015 – 6,765 dogs and 17,398 cats.

One of the best things that you can do to help is to spread the word about the importance of spaying and neutering your pets. It could be as simple as sharing this article on social media. There is no overnight solution, but there are small ways that we can all contribute day by day.