12/15/2012 02:43 pm ET Updated Dec 15, 2012

Chicago-Area Cats, Dogs & Other Pets Up For Adoption (12/15) (PHOTOS)

With December already half over, the holiday season is well under way, and many area shelter pets are spending the festive days stuck in a shelter.

Scroll down to check out photos of local rescue cats and dogs that are currently available to be adopted at a number of area shelters. With a cold winter ahead, these pets are lucky to be off the streets -- but they still need a family to call their own. 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 Pets For Adoption (12/15)