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Michael D. Crews, Secretary


Media Advisory
March 24, 2014
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Contact: Communications
(850) 488-0420

DAWGS Celebrating 5th Anniversary and Graduating 32nd Class at Gulf Forestry Camp

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

WHO: Reporters are invited to the graduation of the prison Developing Adoptable Dogs with Good Sociability (DAWGS) program at the Gulf Forestry Camp. Reporters will have the opportunity to interview and photograph/film inmates and program participants.
WHEN: Graduation begins at 11:00 a.m. (CST) on Wednesday, April 2, 2014
WHERE: Gulf Correctional Forestry Camp
3222 Doc Whitfield Road
White City, Florida 32465 

Directions: 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.
WHAT: The DAWGS, program is a partnership between the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society and Gulf Correctional Institution that brings together dogs, with inmates from Gulf Correctional Institution who will obedience train them. The dogs who graduate are crate trained, house broken, spayed/neutered, up-to-date on shots, understand basic commands and are micro chipped.
WHY: 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, please contact the Department of Corrections' Communications Office at (850) 488-0420 before the scheduled graduation, as attendees will need to complete and submit a Media Access Form prior to the event.

Please note: No video or photos may be taken without the prior consent and approval from Department staff at the event. No cell phones or cameras will be permitted inside the institution.

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