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Media Advisory
November 21, 2012
For More Information
Contact: Communications
(850) 488-0420

Media Invitation to Attend HART Dog Graduation at Wakulla Work Camp

Crawfordville, Fla. – Wakulla Work Camp and the Heartworm Assistance Rehabilitation Training (HART) program will be holding a dog graduation on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Reporters are invited to the event and will have an opportunity to interview and photograph/film inmates and program participants.

The HART program began on May 10, 2010, and serves as a partnership between Animal Services and Wakulla Correctional Institution. The program aims to assist dogs undergoing canine heartworm disease treatment and recovery to increase their adoptability. Once they arrive at the Work Camp the recovery process begins with bonding and TLC. After the recovery period is completed, the dogs transition into obedience training and socialization exercises. At the conclusion of the 12 week program, the dogs are heartworm free, healthy, well-trained and available for adoption.

Graduating dogs are available for adoption with an adoption fee of only $150. Adoption forms or more information about the dogs may be obtained by calling Ann English at (850) 274-4703 or you can visit their website at www.talgov.com/animals/animals-adopt.aspx.

Currently one of every three inmates released from the Florida prison system returns to prison within three years. Programs like HART focus on teaching inmates skills that will lead them to productive jobs and law-abiding lives upon release.

WHAT: HART Dog Graduation Program at Wakulla Correctional Institution Work Camp
WHEN: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Wakulla Work Camp
110 Melaleuca Drive
Crawfordville, Florida 32327

Directions: From I-10 take Exit 199 (US-27 South) through downtown Tallahassee, the town of Woodville (US-363, Woodville Hwy) and across the Leon/Wakulla County line. Turn left onto Commerce Boulevard (first paved road on left after the County line). Go approximately 4½ miles on Commerce Boulevard and turn right on Melaleuca Drive. Travel approximately ½ mile and turn right into the Institutional Parking lot.

RSVP Required: Media who wish to attend the event must contact the Department of Corrections’ Office of Communications at (850) 488-0420 before the scheduled event to submit a Media Access Form, as background checks will need to be completed.

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