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Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary


Media Advisory
August 14, 2013
For More Information
Contact: Communications
(850) 488-0420

Media Invitation to 28th DAWGS Graduation Program at Gulf Forestry Camp

~Program saves the lives of the dogs and gives inmates job skills for successful re-entry into society.~

Media is invited to the 28th Graduation of the Developing Adoptable dogs With Good Sociability (DAWGS) program at Gulf Correctional Institution's Gulf Forestry Camp. The DAWGS 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.

WHAT: 28th DAWGS Graduation Program
WHEN: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
9:00 a.m. CST/10:00 EST
WHERE: 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. The institution is approximately four miles from Highway 71.
WHY: Currently one of every three inmates released from the Florida prison system returns to prison within three years. Through programs like DAWGS, 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.

RSVP Required: If you wish to attend the DAWGS graduation ceremony, you must contact the Department of Corrections’ Office of Communications at (850) 488-0420 several days before the scheduled graduation to submit a Media Access Form, 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 DAWGS have good temperaments and get along well with other dogs. To adopt a DAWGS graduate, contact Sandi Christy, (850) 229-1431 or Melody Townsend, (850) 227-1103, (850) 227-8652, or visit the DAWGS web site at www.dawgsinprison.com.

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