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.

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  • Marco

    Marco is a male 2-year-old Chihuahua mix. Visit Marco 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.

  • Tank

    Tank is a male 2-year-old Coonhound/Lab mix. Visit Tank 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.

  • Nike & Francis

    Nike and Francis are 6-8-month-old tabby brothers. They need to be adopted together. Visit Nike and Francis at the Evanston Animal Shelter, 2310 Oakton Street. <a href="http://www.care-evanston.org" target="_hplink">Click here</a> or call (847) 705-2653 for more information.

  • Ember

    Ember is a six-year-old tortie who loves attention. Visit Ember at the Tree House Humane Society, 1212 W. Carmen Ave., Chicago. <a href="http://www.treehouseanimals.org/" target="_hplink">Click here</a> or call (773) 784-5488 for more information.

  • Mr. Moo

    Mr. Moo is a male 5-year-old domestic shorthair. Visit Mr. Moo 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.

  • Baby

    Baby is a female Rex. Visit Baby 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.

  • Tuck

    Tuck is a 6-month-old male Australian Cattle Dog mix. Visit Blair 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.

  • Hope

    Hope is a female 5-month-old Jack Russell Terrier-Rat Terrier. Visit Justice 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.

  • Pinky & Target

    Pinky and Target are a pair of 2-year-old Havanese sisters. Visit Pinky and Target 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.

  • Angel

    Angel is a female domestic shorthair with extra toes -- so there's more of her to love. Visit Angel 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.

  • Otto

    Otto is a male 8-year-old tabby. His brother, Vaughn, is also at the shelter and they'd love to be adopted together. Visit Otto at the Evanston Animal Shelter, 2310 Oakton Street. <a href="http://www.care-evanston.org" target="_hplink">Click here</a> or call (847) 705-2653 for more information.

  • Sarah Ferguson

    Sarah Ferguson is a 10-year-old cat found wandering the streets, limping on sore paws because her claws had grown into the pads. Her health has much improved since she was taken in. Visit Sarah Ferguson at the Tree House Humane Society, 1212 W. Carmen Ave., Chicago. <a href="http://www.treehouseanimals.org/" target="_hplink">Click here</a> or call (773) 784-5488 for more information.