02/24/2012 06:20 pm ET Updated Feb 24, 2012

Chicago Area Cats, Dogs & Other Pets Up For Adoption (2/24) (PHOTOS)

With March almost here and winter starting to wind down -- even with a little late-in-the-season Saskatchewan Screamer in there -- countless critters spending their days in Chicago-area animal shelters are likely feeling pretty restless with spring not too far away.

This week, HuffPost Chicago continues our partnership with several area shelters, featuring a weekly group of cats, dogs and rabbits currently available for adoption. This week, we're pretty confident we've picked out a spectacular bunch of furry friends and one of them you just might recognize from a certain television show.

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 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.

Chicago's Adoptable Pets - Week 16