12/21/2012 05:33 pm ET

Chicago-Area Cats, Dogs & Other Pets Up For Adoption (12/21) (PHOTOS)

With the holidays upon us, it's tough to think about animals who, due to no fault of their own, are stuck inside an animal shelter during the year's most festive days.

Scroll down to check out photos of local rescue cats and dogs that are currently available to be adopted at a number of area shelters. With a cold winter ahead, these pets are lucky to be off the streets -- but they still need a family to call their own. 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.



Chicago Pets For Adoption (12/21)