While the U.S. Air Force has sternly warned against anyone actually storming the Area 51 base come September, we know of one base that you absolutely can, and should storm. Except it’s not a base at all. And the only aliens are furry. And it’s in Texas.
Okay, the base is, in fact, the Longview Animal Care and Adoption Center in Longview, Texas. The animal shelter is using the latest meme to help beam their adorable “aliens” out to forever homes. While another animal shelter in Oklahoma seemed to be the first to the viral moment, what’s better than more puppies wearing tin foil has? Puppies wearing tin foil hats and kittens that look like Boo from Monsters Inc.!
“We won’t resist, you can take them all,” says Longview’s Facebook post. “Our aliens can go home with you for the best price in the galaxy. No probing allowed.”
Aww-inducing photos of pups and kittens were posted on Saturday, getting over 30,000 shares on Facebook and screenshots making the rounds on Twitter, too. These little googly-eyed friends quite resemble their brethren, the Alpha 177 canine from Star Trek (a poofy dog with a unicorn horn and gold antennae).
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Longview spoke with Mashable and said that because Area 51 is “the hot thing on social media right now” they wanted to use that momentum to get animals adopted.
“The costumes and ideas were very much a group effort. We regularly use pop culture [in marketing], from referencing famous people and movies to music and song references.”
They hope that anything that brings attention to the animals will help get them adopted to loving homes. And according to a comment made on the original post, it’s definitely working: “We did 20 [adoptions] just yesterday afternoon and for a small east Texas town that’s a pretty good number for a few hours.”
So Naruto run to your local shelter and see if there are any special aliens that you could bring home today.