With the upcoming “Storm Area 51” event set to take place on September 20, an Oklahoma animal shelter is asking people to raid them instead. With over 1.7 million people expected to participate, the planned event has gained attention across the Internet. Here is how one animal shelter in the state of Oklahoma has used the planned event to bring to light the need for pet adoption in the U.S.
Appealing to the masses expected to participate
With various festivals planned to accompany the raid in the Nevada desert, if even a small fraction of the participants decided to adopt a pet it would go a long way towards alleviating the overcrowding problems at many animal shelters. OKC Animal Welfare decided to highlight this fact on the organization’s Facebook page.
Come storm our shelter…We have great animals ready to protect you from the Area 51 aliens. Adoption isn’t that far out of this world!#stormtheshelter
The group is asking individuals interested in adopting a pet to check out their website. Site visitors can find a variety of different pest to adopt, ranging from dogs to cats to even a few other animals. But that wasn’t the end of the organization’s adoption campaign. In fact, they dressed up the animals to fit in with the occasion, hoping to garner more adoptions.
A few of the dogs were outfitted with aluminum antennas or hats and the photos were made to look out of this world with special filters. Even the kittens got in on the action with shelter staff posting a picture of them with an ethereal filter.
More about OKC Animal Welfare
With over 100 dogs and up to 20 or more cats, the shelter has a dire need for people to adopt the animals they have available. This would allow the staff at the shelter to take in more animals in need. Being the only animal shelter in Oklahoma City makes adoption even more important as the shelter works to meet the needs of the animals in the area.
The campaign so far
So far, the ingenious adoption campaign has worked with some of the dogs pictured finding loving homes. Potential adopters can also rest assured with the fact that all pets are spayed or neutered and get vaccinated and treated for worms before they find their way to homes. In addition, the shelter places microchips in the animals to help identify them if they get lost.
How to adopt a pet
If you are interested in adopting from the shelter, you can visit their website to browse through the animals they currently have available. The shelter is open for adoptions from noon to 5:30 p.m. every day. There is also a $60 adoption fee for dogs and cats, but this can be reduced depending on circumstances.
Instead of going to jail, adopt a pet
The idea of storming a U.S. military installation sounds ludicrous to many people. Not only could trespassers be shot, they will more than likely spend time in jail. And that is not even taking into account what participants might encounter at the site if they do somehow gain access. Probably aliens, super secret weapons, a bunch of angry guards, just to name a few.
Adopting a pet, on the other hand, is a much saner choice. Plus, adoption can help save additional lives, as the act of adopting allows animal shelters to take in more animals. Here is a video with more on this remarkable and one of a kind adoption campaign.
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