NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Dozens of animals have arrived in Virginia from flood-ravaged Louisiana.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that workers with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals arrived in Norfolk on Monday with nearly 60 animals that were rescued from the Baton Rouge area.

Daphna Nachminovitch, senior vice president of the animal rights organization, says most of the animals were already in shelters before the flooding. She says shelters in Louisiana are currently overwhelmed with new animals.

The group hopes bringing the animals to Virginia will help Louisiana shelters focus on reuniting animals displaced in the flooding with their owners.

Workers and volunteers from groups including the Norfolk Animals Care and Adoption Center and Chesapeake Humane Society met the animals at PETA headquarters Monday to take them in and find them new homes.