PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WVEC) -- More animals are coming to Hampton Roads in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

The Portsmouth Humane Society is taking in cats and dogs from South Carolina shelters.

One group already brought in 27 animals, another 22 arrived Thursday evening.

Shelters from all over Hampton Roads are helping to take them in. The goal is to make room in South Carolina for pets that have been displaced by the hurricane.

"They went from being evacuated from St. Augustine, drove to Charleston unloaded in Charleston last night," said James McLaughlan, with the Portsmouth Humane Society. "They had exams this morning and then loaded back up with us to come to Virginia. It's been a lot for them."

Certain dogs and cats will be up for adoption and foster as early as Friday.

"They're getting a good shot at a forever home and a happy life," said McLaughlan. "They're out of harm's way."

To learn more about the transport, visit the humane society's Facebook page.