Jenny’s Angels Dog Rescue, is a small team of ethical and dedicated animal lovers. They began their venture in 2016, rescuing and re-homing dogs from the local pound and surrounding country areas. Their goal was to help, rehabilitate and re-home these dogs to give them the best chance of finding the loving homes they deserve. They endeavoured to do their best for all dogs and worked with other ethical rescues to ensure the best outcomes. While working closely with their dedicated, highly experienced Animal Control officers, they re-homed over 500 dogs. They re-homed dogs and puppies of all ages, sizes and breeds that had been surrendered, seized, dumped or abandoned. After a well-earned break at the end of 2021 and reviewing their operation and mission, Jenny's Angels relaunched in 2022 with a new direction and focus to help and re-home dogs with special needs. The main focus being double merle puppies and young dogs. They made this decision in consultation with Adelaide Canine Behaviour and Training, as they have the same goals and passion to advocate for their rights to be given the chance to live the great life they deserve. Their aim is to work with rescues and owners of special needs puppies and young dogs to educate, train and re-home these special souls into their forever homes. They emphasise the importance of promoting public awareness and education about double merles and dogs with special needs. Their main focus is Double Merle and Special Needs pups and young dogs. Merle is a coat pattern found in Australian Shepherds, Collies, Shelties, and a number of other dog breeds. This particular phenotype is inherited as an autosomal, incompletely dominant trait. The merle gene creates mottled patches of colour in a solid or piebald coat, blue or odd-coloured eyes, and affects skin pigment. Animals that are “double merle,” a common term used for dogs that are homozygous (having two copies) of the merle (M/M) trait, are predominantly white and prone to several health issues. The chances of having puppies that develop health issues increase when two merles are bred together. It is recommended that a merle dog only be bred to a non-merle/non-cryptic Merle dog. Cryptic merle dogs do not appear to be merle, but contain the merle gene. Many solid dogs are actually cryptic, also known as phantom, merles and can produce both merle and double merles if not careful. Merle can affect all coat colours. Recessive red dogs can also be affected by merle, but the patches are either hardly seen or (if the dog is a clear, recessive red) are not visible at all. Combinations such as brindle merle exist, but are not typically accepted in breed standards. In addition to altering base coat colour, merle also modifies eye colour and the colouring of the nose and paw pads. The merle gene modifies the dark pigment in the eyes, occasionally changing dark eyes to blue, or only part of the eye to blue. Since Merle causes random modifications, both dark-eyed, blue-eyed, and odd-coloured eyes are possible. Colour on paw pads and nose may be mottled pink and black. If two carriers (M/m) are bred with one another, there is a 25% chance per puppy born that they will be homozygous (M/M) for the merle trait. These are also known as "double merles." A high percentage of double merle puppies have vision or hearing deficiencies. A cryptic or phantom merle is a dog which phenotypically appears to be a non-merle (solid-coloured) or a dog that has very faint patches of merle that can go unnoticed. Animals that do not present the merle phenotype may possess the merle genotype and subsequently produce merle offspring. These animals are known as cryptic merles, as they don't appear to be merle but can produce merles. Double merles are totally preventable by responsible breeding. The only way a double merle can be created is by breeding two merles. If merle to merle breeding stops, then so do double merles. Neurological issues are conditions that affect the nervous system and block or negatively affect certain nervous signals that are usually sent to the muscles. The main centres of the nervous system are the brain and spinal cord. Any condition that affects the connection between these points and the rest of the body is called a neurological disorder. These conditions are most commonly caused by diseases, injuries or other health-related abnormalities. Many health issues can be avoided with responsible breeding and education, so their purpose is to raise awareness and make a difference. They believe education and promotion of responsible dog ownership is paramount to reducing the number of "unwanted" dogs, and hope to work with others to spread the word. Their dogs are all fostered in loving homes where they experience life in a family and learn valuable lessons needed to ensure their successful transition to their new homes. All of their dogs are vet checked, vaccinated, microchipped and desexed before re-homing.