PEQUOT LAKES, Minn. — In many ways, the southern part of the U.S. is still recovering from the winter storm that caused thousands of people to lose power, heat and water.

Not even our four-legged friends were spared from Mother Nature's mid-February tantrum.

But some of those pups and kittens will get the help they desperately need, thanks to an animal shelter over 1,300 miles away in Minnesota's Lakes Country.

When the Babinski Foundation in Pequot Lakes, Minn., heard about the homelessness in Houston, Texas, they loaded up their trailer and pointed their truck south. After more than 20 hours down the road, they arrived in Texas, ready to load up the animals and head back to Minnesota, giving the pets a chance to find their fur-ever home in the Land of 10,000 lakes.

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A Babinski Foundation spokesperson says this won't be their only trip South. They plan to go back to Texas later this month to save even more homeless pets.

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