01/04/2013 06:21 pm ET

Chicago-Area Cats, Dogs & Other Pets Up For Adoption (1/4) (PHOTOS)

The new year is here, and many Chicago-area pets marked the occasion of 2013's arrival in a shelter, still waiting for their forever homes.

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 still ahead, these pets are lucky to be off the streets -- but they need and deserve 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 Adopt-A-Pets (1/4/13)