03/02/2012 04:17 pm ET

Chicago Area Cats, Dogs & Other Pets Up For Adoption (3/2) (PHOTOS)

While March comes in like a bit of a lion Friday -- snow, rain and the possibility of even some thundersnow are in the forecast -- a wide variety of little "lions" and "lambs" alike await the possibility of a "forever" home in Chicago-area animal shelters.

Scroll down to check out HuffPost Chicago's latest weekly roundup of area pets -- including cats, dogs and rabbits -- currently available for adoption.

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 17