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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Media Advisory
February 2, 2012
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Contact: Press Office
(850) 488-0420

Reporters invited to 18th "D.A.W.G.S. In Prison" Graduation at Gulf Forestry Camp on February 29, 2012

WHO: Reporters are invited to the 18th graduation of the Developing Adoptable Dogs With Good Sociability (D.A.W.G.S. In Prison) 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 a.m. Central Time / 10 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, February 29, 2012. 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 almost 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.
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.
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
Directions to Gulf Forestry Camp:
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.
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