05/11/2012 02:25 pm ET Updated May 25, 2012

Chicago Area Cats, Dogs & Other Pets Up For Adoption (5/11) (PHOTOS)

This week, HuffPost Chicago is featuring another group of lovable, local pets currently in need of a guardian in the Chicago area -- a feisty crew ranging from Shih Tzus to shorthairs, from Professor Tuesday to Buffy -- whom we take it has given up the vampire antagonizing.

Scroll down to check out photos of a selection of Chicagoland pets now up for adoption. If you can't take a pet into your home but still wish to help out the cause, be sure to check out C.A.R.E.'s Strut for Strays on Sunday.

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 "furever" homes.