VALENTINE’S day is all about that special someone in your life.

Now an animal centre is on a mission to find its longest staying resident the perfect match.

German shepherd Toyah has been living the RSPCA’s Mount Noddy’s Animal Centre in Chichester since April after her owner was “no longer able to cope” with looking after her.

But devastated staff at the site have only been able to look on as, time and time again, she is overlooked by potential adopters despite her “loving and clever personality”.

Susan Botherway, animal centre manager, said: “Toyah has just won over the hearts of everyone at the centre and we really don’t know why it’s taking this long for her to find a new family.

“It’s sad to think that, while lots of dogs have come and gone at the centre, poor Toyah still remains.”

So, Susan and other staff members at the centre have made a plea to the public to find the toy-loving hound a new home this February.

She said: “Toyah is the most beautiful, affectionate, intelligent, comical and playful girl.

“She is energetic and is looking for a calm and quiet household in a semi-rural location.

“Toyah has struggled a little with kennels, and she does have some insecurities and can be unsure of meeting new people so adopters will need to be prepared to spend time working with the centre when getting to know her and will need to put some simple measures in place in the home when expecting visitors.

“But she has a great toy drive and this can be used to bond with her. Once she knows you, Toyah has so much love to give and really enjoys a fuss and a groom.

“Toyah loves toys, especially footballs, and makes friends with anyone who will play with her.”

Anyone interested in adopting Toyah can find out more by visiting the RSPCA website.