01/27/2012 05:11 pm ET

Chicago Area Cats, Dogs & Other Pets Up For Adoption (1/27) (PHOTOS)

As the month of January comes to a close in Chicago and we look to the upcoming Groundhog's Day to find out whether our unseasonably warm winter will also be unseasonably short, many area cats, dogs, rabbits and other pets are spending their days waiting, homeless, in area shelters.

After one week away, HuffPost Chicago returns with another new group of pets that are ready for adoption, continuing our series of roundups featuring a number of hardworking shelters from throughout the metropolitan Chicago area. These animals all prove that the Shedd Aquarium's recently adopted Cayucos, an orphaned 10-month-old otter pup, is not the only adorable animal in town.

To our knowledge, all animals are spayed or neutered, microchipped and up-to-date with their tests and vaccinations.

If this slideshow doesn't satisfy your cute animal-viewing 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 remain homeless -- those who've already been adopted are noted with a "Spoken For!" tag.

As always, if you have an adoption shelter success story you would like to share, please send a note (and a picture) to and we will be sure to feature your pet's tail, er, tale.

Chicago's Adoptable Pets - Week 12