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18 Adoptable dogs that could be your sweetheart for Valentine's Day

Mary Fetzer is a freelance writer and marketing consultant with a marketing degree from Penn State University and 15 years of international business experience. Mary specializes in writing about parenting, children, pregnancy, college, h...

Who needs a date when you can adopt a true love for $10?

Valentine's Day and lovers go hand-in-hand. If you don't have one, you want one; if you do have one, you hope and pray that he/she doesn't disappoint on Cupid's big day. Why not take matters into your own hands by giving yourself the perfect Valentine's Day gift?

For a limited time (Feb. 13-16), you can adopt a pet at Best Friends Animal Society for just $10. The affordable adoptions are offered in Utah, Louisiana and a number of shelters across the nation. See a puppy that you like but it's too far away? Your new dog may qualify for a free flight home (anywhere in the U.S. and Canada).

Any one of these four-legged darlings promises to be a better Valentine than a boyfriend could ever hope to be, and here's why.

1. He only has eyes for you

Who needs a date when you can adopt a true love for $10?

Dresh is a baby Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler). From the moment you bring him home, you will find the most loyal, devoted partner you could ever hope for.

2. He actually wants to cuddle

Who needs a date when you can adopt a true love for $10?

When given the choice to watch the big game or get cozy with you, young Anatolian Shepherd Ollie will always opt for snuggling.

3. She already has a cute name

Who needs a date when you can adopt a true love for $10?

Forget Honey, Baby or Sweetie, your new Chihuahua comes with a ready-made love name: Bumblebee.

4. Those "little quirks" never get annoying

Who needs a date when you can adopt a true love for $10?

Lordes, an American Staffordshire Terrier, is a bit set in her ways, but you'll be too busy enjoying her intelligence and playfulness to care.

5. He'll never embellish an online profile

Who needs a date when you can adopt a true love for $10?

What you see is what you get. When Paddington, a senior Shar Pei, claims to be loyal, fun, calm and sweet-natured, you can count on it.

6. You're willing to do whatever it takes to make it work

Who needs a date when you can adopt a true love for $10?

Not all boyfriends qualify for this level of commitment. Focus your loving energy instead on someone special like Sparkles, a 1-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier/Boxer that's dealing with a congenital heart defect.

7. His family background doesn't matter

Who needs a date when you can adopt a true love for $10?

Sloan is a baby American Staffordshire Terrier/Boxer who was born in September 2014. Once you lay eyes on him, you won't give a second thought to the fact that he was found as a motherless stray.

8. You don't have to impress anybody

Who needs a date when you can adopt a true love for $10?

Adopt Raven, a baby Chow Chow/Border Collie with no strings attached. He'll happily adapt to the way you do things, and you'll never have to worry about which holidays to spend at his family's house.

9. She will never choose friends over you

Who needs a date when you can adopt a true love for $10?

Your puppy would rather be with you than anyone else in the world. You could be the very best friend of someone special like Arderial, a baby Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler).

10. It will never hurt your feelings

Who needs a date when you can adopt a true love for $10?

Aside from a potty accident or a chewed-up shoe, Quincy, a baby Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler), promises to never let you down.

11. He will never cheat on you

Who needs a date when you can adopt a true love for $10?

A boyfriend named "Hawk" sounds like a player. A baby Chow Chow/Border Collie named "Hawk"? That sounds like the most loyal of partners.

12. She will appreciate every outfit and hairstyle you wear

Who needs a date when you can adopt a true love for $10?

Whether you're on your way to a cocktail party or just slumming it around the house, you will always get two thumbs up from Nar, a baby Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler).

13. Age, race, religion and sexual orientation are never an issue

Who needs a date when you can adopt a true love for $10?

Puppy love is universal and comes in all shapes, sizes and breeds. Let Magpie, a baby Chow Chow/Border Collie from New Mexico, prove it to you.

14. She actually likes your morning breath

Who needs a date when you can adopt a true love for $10?

You can go days without showering, and Paradwyn (a baby Australian Cattle Dog) will still worship you.

15. She doesn't need presents to prove its love

Who needs a date when you can adopt a true love for $10?

Your adopted dog won't need cards, love letters or presents to prove its love. Chow Chow/Border Collie Finch has plenty of other ways to reassure you that you're the one.

16. No boyfriend will ever look at you like this

Who needs a date when you can adopt a true love for $10?

Adopt a dog — puppy, young adult or senior — and you will be rewarded with adoring stares like the one demonstrated above by adult Chihuahua/Dachshund Cranberry.

17. You'll fall in love on the first date

Who needs a date when you can adopt a true love for $10?

The moment you and baby Chow Chow/Border Collie Eagle meet, you will fall instantly and irrevocably in love.

18. He will be with you for the rest of his life

Who needs a date when you can adopt a true love for $10?

Bring home Kybar, a baby Australian Cattle Dog, and he's yours for life.

More on the benefits of pet adoption

5 Reasons to adopt a dog in need
Why you may want to adopt an older dog
6 Myths about shelter animals

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