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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary


Media Advisory
November 29, 2011
For More Information
Contact: Press Office
(850) 488-0420

Reporters invited to Dog Training Graduation Program at Gainesville Correctional Institution’s Work Camp in Alachua County on December 2, 2011

Who: Reporters are invited to the graduation of the Paws on Parole (POP) program at Gainesville Correctional Institution Work Camp at 1000 NE 55th Blvd., Gainesville, Florida 32609. Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell will be the master of ceremonies.
When: Graduation is at 9 am on December 2, 2011. Reporters will have an opportunity to interview and photograph/film inmates and program participants.
What: The POP program brings together shelter dogs from Alachua County Animal Services with inmates from Gainesville Correctional Institution Work Camp, who obedience-train them. The dogs who graduate earn the AKC Canine Good Citizen Certificate. The graduating dogs are crate trained, housebroken, spayed/neutered, up-to-date on shots and micro-chipped. 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. This program has graduated more than 100 dogs and has a 100% adoption rate.
Why: Currently one of every three inmates released from the Florida prison system returns to prison within three years. Through programs like Paws on Parole, 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 POP 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 Partners: 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 heh@alachuacounty.us or click the Paws on Parole link at www.alachuapets.com.