While the Fourth of July is often associated with fireworks and backyard cookouts it is also, unfortunately, known for being a difficult time for household pets.

It is said that, because many animals are spooked by fireworks shows, the day after Independence Day is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters, many of which were already packed with pets still awaiting a new home.

This week, we're featuring another group of area cats, dogs and other pets that are available for adoption at Chicago-area shelters. To our knowledge, they've all been spayed or neutered and are up to date with their vaccinations.

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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  • Rihanna

    Rihanna is a very friendly, black-and-white domestic shorthair. Visit Rihanna at Felines and Canines at 1962. W. Peterson Avenue in Chicago. <a href="http://www.felinescanines.org/" target="_hplink">Click here</a> or call (773) 465-4132 for more information.

  • Captain

    Captain is a male 9-month-old Beagle Mix. He was surrendered by his previous owner with acid burns on his leg, a likely act of cruelty Captain endured. This boy needs a new home. Visit Captain at Famous Fido Rescue at 5430 N. Clark Street in Chicago. <a href="http://www.famousfidorescue.com/" target="_hplink">Click here</a> or call (773) 907-0305 for more information.

  • Daphne

    Daphne is a female 2-month-old Miniature Pinscher Mix. Visit Daphne at the Naperville Area Humane Society at 1620 W. Diehl Road in Naperville. <a href="http://www.napervilleareahumanesociety.org/" target="_hplink">Click here</a> or call (630) 420-8989 for more information.

  • Big Daddy

    Big Daddy is a sweet male FIV+ tabby. Visit Big Daddy at Felines and Canines at 1962. W. Peterson Avenue in Chicago. <a href="http://www.felinescanines.org/" target="_hplink">Click here</a> or call (773) 465-4132 for more information.

  • Carson

    Carson is a handsome and sweet male 2-year-old Labrador Retriever/Pit Bull Terrier mix. Visit Carson at PAWS Chicago, 1997 N. Clybourn Avenue, Chicago. <a href="http://www.pawschicago.org" target="_hplink">Click here</a> or call 773-935-PAWS for more information.

  • Sophie & Roxanne

    Sophie and Roxanne are a pair of bonded female cats. Their owners' new son has developed an allergy to cats and they need a new home as soon as possible. They are between the ages of six and seven. Contact the Red Door Animal Shelter, 2410 W. Lunt Ave., Chicago, if you are interested in Sophie and Roxanne. <a href="http://www.reddoorshelter.org/" target="_hplink">Click here</a> or call (773) 764-2242 for more information.

  • Gracie

    Gracie is a 3-year-old female Rat Terrier Mix. She is timid -- she was formerly used as a breeding dog in West Virginia -- but loves the company of other dogs. Visit Gracie at Famous Fido Rescue at 5430 N. Clark Street in Chicago. <a href="http://www.famousfidorescue.com/" target="_hplink">Click here</a> or call (773) 907-0305 for more information.

  • Maple

    Maple is a female bunny. Visit Maple at the Red Door Animal Shelter, 2410 W. Lunt Ave., Chicago. <a href="http://www.reddoorshelter.org/" target="_hplink">Click here</a> or call (773) 764-2242 for more information.

  • Lynda

    Lynda is a female 9-month-old Shepherd Mix. Visit Lynda at the Naperville Area Humane Society at 1620 W. Diehl Road in Naperville. <a href="http://www.napervilleareahumanesociety.org/" target="_hplink">Click here</a> or call (630) 420-8989 for more information.

  • Mab

    Mab is a female fun-loving, 1-year-old beautiful white cat. Visit Mab at PAWS Chicago, 1997 N. Clybourn Avenue, Chicago. <a href="http://www.pawschicago.org" target="_hplink">Click here</a> or call 773-935-PAWS for more information.

  • How to Adopt a Pet From a Shelter

    Adopt a pet from your local humane society or shelter—what you need to know.