Hurricane Matthew causes overcrowding in pet shelters

(NBC) — In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, dogs from overcrowded shelters in the south are being sent to shelters with more room in states across the country.

In Alexandria, Virginia, the Animal Welfare League is helping to make room in the overcrowded shelters.

Some of the animals are from the Charleston area of South Carolina; others came from Eastern North Carolina.

The animals were transferred north to make room for local animals who need temporary housing until they are reunited with their owners.

Most of the animals will have to find new homes in their new cities.