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Michael D. Crews, Secretary


Media Advisory
August 16, 2013
For More Information
Contact: Communications
(850) 488-0420

Media Invitation to the 4th HART Dog Graduation Program at Wakulla CI Work Camp

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

Media is invited to the 4th graduation of the Heartworm Assistance Rehabilitation Training (HART) program at Wakulla Correctional Institution's Work Camp. The HART program provides an opportunity for dogs that have tested positive for heart worms from the Tallahassee-Leon Community Animal Service Center with inmates from Wakulla Correctional Institution's Work Camp, who are being treated for the heart worms, are also learning obedience skills from the inmate trainers and caretakers. 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: 4th HART Graduation Program
WHEN: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Wakulla Correctional Institution 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.
WHY: Currently one of every three inmates released from the Florida prison system returns to prison within three years. Through programs like HART, 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 HART graduation ceremony, you must contact the Department of Corrections’ Office of Communications at (850) 488-0420 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 HART dogs have good temperaments and get along well with other dogs. To adopt a HART graduate, contact the Ms. English at (850) 891-2950 or visit www.talgov.com/animals.              

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