It is cold out there, Chicago -- and just as the cold can be deadly for some of the city's most vulnerable human residents, the bitter weather can also prove treacherous for animals left abandoned in the streets.
Many of the pets currently available for adoption from a number of Chicago-area shelters, too, were on the streets. And far too many of them have been waiting for many, many months with the hope of one time having a forever home to call their own.
Scroll down to check out photos of local adoptable rescue cats, dogs and rabbits from a number of area shelters. To our knowledge, they've been spayed or neutered and are up to date with their vaccinations. Contact the shelter named to learn more about each animal.
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.