12/16/2011 06:09 pm ET

Chicago Area Cats And Dogs Up For Adoption (12/16) (PHOTOS)

This week has been a rough one in Chicago when it comes to stories of animal abuse and neglect in the metropolitan area. One Chicago dog owner abandoned her long-time pet in the city streets because she said her new apartment would not allow for pets. The dog wound up being beaten bloody by neighborhood children. Another local dog owner was charged with animal cruelty after he allegedly dumped a pot of boiling water on his pet, severely burning it.

These sorts of stories, though extreme, are not altogether rare. Throughout the city, many cats and dogs endure abusive households. The lucky ones in those situations make it to an area animal shelter. The luckiest ones end up with a new, loving, warm home they can call their own. This week, we're featuring a new group of Chicago-area homeless cats and dogs who are available for adoption.

We also, thankfully, have several adoption success stories to report, though many more pets we've previously featured are still waiting to be taken home -- be sure to visit past weeks' features below the photo gallery.

Photos appear courtesy of the Naperville Area Humane Society, 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, please send a note (and a picture) to and we will be sure to feature your pet's tail, er, tale.

Chicago's Adoptable Pets - Week 8