Couldn't bring home an alien? That's OK, Larimer Humane Society has an alternative for you, and you won't have to risk prison... or abduction.

Today (September 20) is the soon-to-be-historical (but mostly just a punch line) #Area51Raid, which started as a joke on Facebook but escalated quickly. Larimer Humane Society is using the trending hashtag to encourage you to 'raid' the shelter today and bring home a new pet (aw). You can see who needs a home here.

Other shelters across the nation are using the 'out of this world' idea; some of them even dressed up its adoptable animals as aliens.