With spring just around the corner, why not consider bringing a new pal into your life to kick off the new season?
The city is home to many shelters, big and small, filled with many pets, big and small, in need of forever homes due to no fault of their own.
Scroll down to check out photos of local adoptable rescue cats, dogs and rabbits from a number of Chicago-area shelters with whom HuffPost has partnered with the hopes of raising awareness of the joy of helping rescue pets. To our knowledge, they've been spayed or neutered and are up to date with their vaccinations. Contact the shelter named to learn more about each animal.
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.