While raiding Area 51 may seem like a fun way to spend a September afternoon, officials at an Oklahoma animal shelter have offered up a much less illegal idea.

Taking to Facebook, the rescue asked, “Come storm our shelter,” adding, “We have great animals ready to protect you from the Area 51 aliens. Adoption isn’t that far out of this world!”

Along with the hashtag, #stormtheshelter, the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare shared photos of several dogs wearing tinfoil hats.

Despite starting the “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” social media event as a joke, more than 1.8 million people marked themselves as “going”.

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