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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary


Media Advisory
November 8, 2010
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Contact: Public Affairs Office
(850) 488-0420

Inmate-trained dogs preparing for their meet-and-greet at Gainesville Pet Store

If you’re interested in adopting a new dog, you should stop by Earth Pets Natural Pet Market in Gainesville on November 13, 2010 and meet some of the next graduating class of Paws on Parole and their trainers.  In addition to meeting the 11th class of inmate-trained dogs, there will also be food, music, vendors for dog and cat food, dog trainers and a “dog concierge service” at the store, which will also have a big sale that day. The store is located at 550 NW 60th St. Gainesville, Fl 32608.

Paws on Parole is a partnership between the Florida Department of Corrections' Gainesville Correctional Institution Work Camp and Alachua County Animal Services. The program is designed to increase adoptability of selected dogs from the Alachua County Animal Shelter. During the eight-week training period, professional dog trainers volunteer their time to teach inmates how to train dogs in socialization techniques and basic obedience. The inmates learn to train the dogs to the standards of the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizens Program. At the end of their training, the dogs take a test consisting of 10 skills needed by well-mannered dogs such as: accepting a friendly stranger, sitting politely for petting, walking through a crowd, etc. Paws on Parole also includes an Aftercare Network, which is a group that will work with adopting families and their dogs to help integrate the training the dogs received. Each dog has received all of their shots, is heartworm-free, is microchipped, crate trained and has been spayed or neutered.

Adoption costs are only $45. For more information about the AKC Canine Good Citizen certification and a copy of the brochure, click www.akc.org/pdfs/cgc/GK9GC1.pdf. For more information about Paws on Parole adoption and the Aftercare Network contact Hilary Hynes, Public Education Program Coordinator, Alachua County Animal Services at (352) 264-6881 or click the Paws on Parole link at www.alachuapets.com.

For more information, contact Department of Corrections Communications Director Gretl Plessinger at (850) 488-0420.