05/25/2012 03:49 pm ET

Chicago Area Cats, Dogs & Other Pets Up For Adoption (5/25) (PHOTOS)

It's been a good week for Chicago animals. Brookfield Zoo welcomed a new baby, Cayucos, the Shedd Aquarium's new sea otter pup, made her public debut, and Peyton, a Plainfield dog, saved his family from a house fire, certainly earning a lifetime of belly rubs and kibble in the process.

The Chicago area has a host of other pets just waiting for their chance to shine. Scroll down to check out photos of Chicagoland cats, dogs and other pets that are currently up for adoption at a number of area shelters. You might find a new loved one that could save your life, too.

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.



Chicago's Adoptable Pets