With the passing of Halloween and the prepping of two of the city's most prominent Christmas trees, we're reminded that the holiday shopping season is not too far away -- and we'd be hard-pressed to think of many better gifts to give than that of a forever home to a rescue animal.
Scroll down to check out photos of local rescue cats, dogs and other pets that are currently up for adoption at a number of area shelters. To our knowledge, they've all been spayed or neutered and are up to date with their 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 still are in need of homes.