#stormourshelters: How animal shelters are capitalising on the internet’s favourite viral meme

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Over the last few weeks, a Facebook post encouraging people to storm Area 51 has had more than 1.8 million people sign up and strategise on the best way to “see them aliens”, resulting in a plethora of memes and a rather stern response from the US military. 

Image: @brandyn_wth_a_y (Twitter).

However, the best response to #stormarea51 has been the animal shelters jumping onto the trend to drive more awareness of the pets they have up for adoption.

Dressing up their puppies in tinfoil hats OKC Animal Welfare in Oklahoma started the trend and will be hosting a Storm the Shelter event on Saturday 27 July.

Image: OKC Animal Welfare.

So far the photos have been shared over 8,400 times on Facebook, as well crossed over to Instagram, Twitter and Reddit, and the shelter has reported adoption rates have been through the roof this week.

Longview Animal Care and Adoption Center in Texas has followed suit, making out-of-this-world alien costumes for their cats, dogs and even lizards.

Longview’s Facebook post says, “We won’t resist; you can take them all!”

“Our aliens can go home with you for the best price in the galaxy. No probing allowed.”

Image: Longview Animal Care and Adoption Center.


Meanwhile back in Aus, the Area 51 meme has taken yet another life of its own with more than 20,000 people interested in Storming Bindi Irwin’s wedding.

“She can’t say no to all of us,” the anonymous poster titled the event. CRIKEY! 

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