03/16/2012 04:07 pm ET

Chicago Area Cats, Dogs & Other Pets Up For Adoption (3/16) (PHOTOS)

With the onset of summer-like weather coming early to Chicago, you might find your heart melting as the temperatures rise. What better way to revel in sunshine than with a loving, adopted pet by your side?

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.

To our knowledge, all animals included in the roundup 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 whom we've heard have already been adopted are noted with a "Spoken For!" tag.