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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Media Advisory
March 11, 2014
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4th Annual DC Doggie Dash is March 15

~Event raises funds to support 19 dog obedience programs and K-9 teams across the state.~

The Corrections Foundation and the Department of Corrections invites the community to participate in the 4th Annual DC Doggie Dash on March 15 at the SouthWood community in Tallahassee. Proceeds from the 5K and One Mile Fun Run will benefit the Department's 19 dog obedience programs, where inmates train shelter dogs and make them more adoptable. Two of these programs train dogs from the Tallahassee Animal Service Center. To date, over 1,500 dogs have been successfully placed in forever homes.

Proceeds from the event will also be used to purchase GPS collars for K-9 Bloodhounds who are instrumental in finding lost children, elders and assisting local law enforcement in our communities. 

There will be numerous vendors on site, including those offering face painting for kids and other family-friendly activities. Entertainment will be provided by Tallahassee-based blues/rock band Creatures of Habit. A K-9 tracking team from the Madison Correctional Institution will demonstrate the tracking of a simulated missing child to show how the Department helps local law enforcement and communities when called out to search for missing children and adults or wanted persons.

Dogs will be available for adoption through the Tallahassee-Leon County Animal Service Center and all adoption fees are waived so these loveable dogs can find their forever home. This includes an adoption fee waiver for dogs who will soon graduate from one of the prison dog obedience programs. The dogs know how to sit, stay, come and walk to the left and slightly behind their owner. They are housebroken and crate trained, and has all their shots. They've been spayed or neutered and many are microchipped. This is a great deal!

This year, we are collecting dog treats for dogs in our programs. Please bring a box of treats and receive a Doggie Dash bandanna. Other donated items that are always appreciated include doggie bedding, crates, leashes, treats, food and toys that will be collected at the event.

Register today online at or contact or call (850) 717-3714 for more information. You can also find information at

Please leave your pets at home so we can showcase ours for adoption and placement in forever homes!

WHAT: 4th Annual DC Doggie Dash
WHEN: Saturday, March 15, 2014 with Registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. (Fun Run begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K at 9:30 a.m.)
WHERE: Grove Park Drive and Terrebone Drive (SouthWood)
WHY: To raise funds that benefit the Department’s dog obedience programs, which help train dogs from local animal shelters and programs and help them find forever homes. The programs also offer inmates the opportunity to learn skills that will help prepare them to successfully re-enter Florida  communities and to find productive employment upon release. Proceeds will also be used to purchase GPS collars for K-9 Bloodhounds who are  instrumental in finding lost children, elders and assisting local law enforcement in our communities.

Parking will be available at John Paul II Catholic High School, Florida High School and Creative Pre-School.

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As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 22,000 members statewide, oversees more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 146,000 offenders in the community.

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