A CHARITY that gives a second chance to homeless dogs is celebrating after receiving a generous donation.

SNDogs were gifted a cheque for £2,299 by Zurich yesterday, much to the delight of the charity’s volunteers.

Clare Stephens, a volunteer with the charity, said the donation had put a smile on the faces of the SNDogs team of volunteers.

She said: “When we heard we were going to get such a huge amount of money, our first reaction was, oh wow, because we’ve never really had anything as big as this before.

“It’s incredibly generous of Zurich and we are so grateful for the support shown to us. Any money we get goes straight to the dogs’ vets bills, food and general care.It’s what we need to keep doing the work that we are doing and we are busier than ever this year.”

SNDogs was one of Zurich’s chosen good causes for 2016, with the whopping donation the culmination of a year’s worth of fundraising activities.

One of SNdog’s visits to the Zurich quiz night even resulted in an adoption for black cross-breed Nanuk.

Clare said: “We went to the Sun Inn at Coate Water and while we were there, the landlady saw Nanuk, fell in love with him and a few weeks later finally adopted him.”

Paul Castle, from Zurich, said: “We’re aware of the great work Clare and the team at SNdogs do in fostering and rehoming hundreds of dogs every year.

“They are all volunteers and rely solely on the donations from members of the public. As a bunch of animal lovers we wanted to do our bit to support them.”

It has been a busy start to the year for the charity with seven dogs already rehomed.

SNDogs founder Jessie Bascombe appeared in the Adver earlier this month after she took in seven border collies in one day. Thanks to the tireless efforts of volunteers, a record 105 dogs were rehomed last year.

With a further influx of needy dogs expected in February, the charity is looking forward to the year ahead when they hope to break the rehoming record.

Formed in 2012, SNDogs was designed to save innocent animals from dog death row and help stray and pound dogs in the town.

SNDogs make a lifetime guarantee to provide care for an animal. This means if an owner who has adopted a dog passes away, the charity will take the dog back in and find them a new home.

The charity covers all food, training and veterinary bills until a suitable forever home can be found for them.

To donate, to become a foster carer or to adopt any of the dogs visit www.sndogs.uk