NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Some of the smallest victims from storms earlier this month were relocated Tuesday.
Close to 40 dogs and cats displaced by a series of storms that ripped through the state were moved to shelters in Davidson, Rutherford and Sumner counties.
They were picked up over the past several days in Macon County, one of the state's hardest-hit areas.
Representatives from the Humane Society of the United States cared for them in Lafayette at the Macon County fairgrounds.
The national rescue team is heading out and the animals are closer to finding new homes if their original owners don't come forward.
Leigh Ann McCollum, state director of the Humane Society of the United States, said the best scenario is reuniting animals with their owners.
"Any unclaimed animals after March 7 will be relinquished to the shelters currently holding them and then they will be placed for adoption," McCollum said.
Animals left homeless by the tornadoes were moved to the Humane Society of Sumner County in Hendersonville; the Nashville Humane Association off White Bridge Road; and the PAWS (Pet Adoption and Welfare Services) facility in Rutherford County.
Pictures of the animals will be placed on the organizations' to help owners find their animals.