OK, we've been doing these spotlights on local pets available for adoption for some time now -- and we're not sure we've ever felt that heartstring-yank more profoundly than we did while putting together this week's crop.
As the temperature drops and the autumn leaves begin to fall, it could be the ideal time to bring a new furry friend into your home here in Chicago.
Scroll down to check out photos of local cats, dogs and other pets that are currently up for adoption at a number of 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 still are in need of forever homes.