04/27/2012 06:10 pm ET | Updated Apr 27, 2012

Chicago Area Cats & Dogs For Adoption (4/27) (PHOTOS)

With May just around the corner, summer is drawing ever nearer -- and wouldn't it be fantastic to spend the sunny months -- and beyond, of course -- with a new furry pal?

Scroll down to check out photos of a selection of Chicagoland cats and dogs that are currently up for adoption at a number of area shelters. If you can't take a pet into your home currently but want to help out the cause, many of the shelters have upcoming fundraising events, including PAWS Chicago's Angels With Tails adoption event on May 6 and C.A.R.E.'s Strut for Strays on May 13.

If this slideshow doesn't satisfy your cute animal fix, be sure to check out past features linked below the gallery either by scrolling down or clicking here. Many of the previously featured animals remain homeless.

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