Animal shelter opens in rural Pequot Lakes - Babinski's dream is a reality

But before Babinski died in 2014, he established the Babinski Foundation and left enough money for the group to build and maintain a shelter.

The low-kill shelter, located off County Road 29 about six miles off Highway 371 in rural Pequot Lakes, takes in stray and drop-off dogs and cats at no cost and has seen roughly 30 animals go through its doors since opening just after Christmas.

Marty Johnson, the shelter's executive director, said it will take in just about any dog or cat "unless there's a real history that there's a real problem."

Adoptions also come free of charge.

"There's an application, but the main thing that we found is usually good people adopt them, and that's what we're looking for," Johnson said.

Though some may criticize the shelter on the grounds that free animals mean no incentive for adopters to take care of their pets, Johnson said various groups, such as the Humane Societies of America and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Animals, have done extensive research on the topic and come to a consensus.

"They've all come to the conclusion with all of the studies they've done that money doesn't matter," he said. "Money is not the determination of taking care of animals."

Johnson added that the shelter can check up on its animals after adoption to make sure they're well-cared for. And before they're even adopted out, all animals that come through the shelter are micro-chipped and spayed or neutered.

As a low-kill shelter, the Babinski Foundation's goa....

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