December 27, 2012
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|WHO:||Reporters are invited to the graduation of the 24th Academy of the Paws on Parole (POP) program at Gainesville Work Camp at 700 NE 55th Blvd., State Road 26 East, Gainesville, Florida 32641-6067, (352) 955-2045.|
|WHEN:||Graduation is at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, January 4, 2013. 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 Shelter with inmates from Gainesville 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.|
|WHY:||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.|
|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.|
|Adoption costs are only $45. For more information about the AKC Canine Good Citizen certification, visit, 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 visit Paws on Parole at www.alachuapets.com.|
DIRECTIONS TO GAINESVILLE WORK CAMP: From I-75 take Exit 390 (SR-222 East) approximately 12 miles. Cross the Waldo Road intersection and continue east for 2.5mile. Turn right onto NE 27th, continue approx. 1 mile. Turn right onto SR 26. Continue approximately 2 miles. Turn right at Gainesville Work Camp sign into parking lot.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 25,000 members statewide, oversees more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 150,000 offenders in the community.