Valentine's Day is approaching, and the only heart on the minds of staff at Varese kennels, a dog shelter in north-west Italy, is little Toby's broken one.
This is what they wrote on Facebook as part of a campaign to raise €2,500 for the pooch's life-saving heart operation.
A two-year-old cross between a bulldog and hunting dog, Toby has had a tough start to life.
Having been taken in by the kennels as a stray last summer, he was adopted in November only to be returned to the kennel by his new owners two months later.
And he suffers from a malfunctioning heart valve.
Since the campaign began on Monday, via social media and local newspapers, the total had already surpassed €600 on Wednesday.
Stefano Giani from Varese Kennels told The Local: “The public response certainly surprised us. We don't often ask for money from the public except in very specific situations; for Toby it's going better than we could have expected.”
The operation has been booked for March 3rd and thanks to Toby's young age, Giani says it has a high chance of success.
The kennel is also looking for a new family to welcome Toby into their home.
“Toby is very lively,” Giani added. “Of course, the heart problem tires him out and make him anxious, but he's a dog with a great character and an active, playful temperament.”
Toby's Facebook page, along with information on how to donate, can be found here.