11/09/2012 03:09 pm ET

Chicago-Area Cats, Dogs & Other Pets Up For Adoption (11/9) (PHOTOS)

With the days growing shorter and the trip home from the office newly shrouded in darkness, who could blame a Chicagoan this week for needing a pick-me-up?

Scroll down to check out photos of local rescue 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 homes.

Chicago Adopt-A-Pets (11/9)