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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary


Media Advisory
July 14, 2011
For More Information
Contact: Gretl Plessinger
Communications Director
(850) 488-0420

Reporters Invited to D.A.W.G.S. Dog Training Program Graduation at Gulf Forestry Camp on Wednesday, July 20

Our graduating class of DAWGS and their handlers.
Our graduating class of DAWGS and their handlers.

WHO: Reporters are invited to the 14th graduation of the Developing Adoptable dogs With Good Sociability (D.A.W.G.S.)  program at Gulf Correctional Institution's Gulf Forestry Camp, located at 3222 DOC Whitfield Road, White City, Florida 32465. (850) 827-4000.

WHEN: Graduation begins at 9 am Central Time/10 am Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 20, 2011.   Reporters will have an opportunity to interview and photograph/film inmates and program participants.

WHAT: The D.A.W.G.S. program brings together rescue dogs from St. Joseph Bay Humane Society with inmates from Gulf Correctional Institution's Gulf Forestry Camp, who obedience-train them. The dogs who graduate are crate trained, housebroken, spayed/neutered, up-to-date on shots and micro-chipped (upon request).  They can each sit, stay, come and walk by your side without pulling on the leash.

WHY: Currently one of every three inmates released from the Florida prison system returns to prison within three years.  Through programs like D.A.W.G.S., the Department of Corrections is focusing on teaching inmates viable job skills that will lead them to productive jobs and law-abiding lives upon release.  

DEPARTMENT CONTACT:  If you wish to attend the D.A.W.G.S. graduation ceremony, please contact the Department of Corrections’ Communications Office at (850) 488-0420 several days before the scheduled graduation, as background checks will need to be completed.

OUR COMMUNITY PARTNER:  Adoption costs vary per dog and include the training, spay/neuter, shots and any additional vet care needed.  All D.A.W.G.S. have good temperaments and get along well with other dogs. To adopt a D.A.W.G.S. graduate, contact Sandi Christy, (850) 229-1431 or Melody Townsend, (850) 227-1103, (850) 227-8652, or visit the D.A.W.G.S. website at www.dawgsinprison.com.

DIRECTIONS TO GULF FORESTRY CAMP: Address is 3222 DOC Whitfield Road, White City, Florida 32465. Take I-10 to Exit 142 (SR-71 South) approximately 65 miles to County Road 387 (DOC Whitfield Road). Turn left off Highway 71 onto CR-387/DOC Whitfield Road. Institution is approximately four miles from Highway 71.