11/25/2011 10:02 am ET

Chicago Area Cats And Dogs Up For Adoption (11/25) (PHOTOS)

With the holiday season officially kicked off by the long Thanksgiving weekend, there is no surer sign that winter is right around the corner and who would want to spend the darkest, bleakest time of year in Chicago without a home?

That's exactly the predicament all too many Chicago area pets are in. Continuing our partnership with several shelters in the Chicago metropolitan area, HuffPost Chicago is featuring another group of cats and dogs ready for adoption this week. Like last week, we're happy to report several success stories spotlighting animals previously featured in the series who have found their "furever" homes. But despite this fantastic news, the majority of the pets we've included in the series still need homes. Be sure to check out previous galleries linked below this week's gallery.

Also, if you're in the Evanston area Saturday, be sure to check out C.A.R.E.'s annual holiday faire at the Unitarian Church at 1330 Ridge in Evanston from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is an important fundraiser for the shelter and features a silent auction, pet pictures with Santa, a cookie walk and pet-related crafters and vendors.

Photos appear courtesy of the Evanston Animal Shelter's Community Animal Rescue Effort, Felines Inc. and Famous Fido Rescue and Adoption Alliance. To our knowledge, all animals are spayed or neutered, microchipped and up-to-date with their tests and vaccinations.

If you have an adoption shelter success story you would like to share, be sure to send a note (and a picture) to and we will be sure to feature your tale.

Chicago's Adoptable Pets - Week 6