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Michael D. Crews, Secretary


Media Advisory
June 26, 2014
For More Information
Contact: Communications
(850) 488-0420

"Paws of Freedom" Ceremony to Be Held at Tomoka Correctional Institution Work Camp

WHAT: Media are invited to the “Paws of Freedom” Veteran Ceremony of Prison Pals N Pups. The Prison Pals N Pups program brings together rescue dogs from the Halifax Humane Society with inmates from Tomoka Correctional Institution Work Camp, who obedience train them. Graduating dogs earn the AKC Canine Good Citizen Certificate and are crate trained, housebroken, spayed/neutered, up-to-date on shots and micro-chipped. The program also partners with Orlando VA to provide veterans with companion dogs. There will be opportunities to interview inmates, veterans, and program participants.
WHEN: Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Tomoka Correctional Institution Work Camp
3950 Tiger Bay Road
Daytona Beach, Florida, 32124-1098
WHY: Through programs like Prison Pals n Pups, 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. The program also partners with Orlando VA to provide veterans with companion dogs.

If you wish to attend the "Paws of Freedom" Veteran Ceremony of Prison Pals N Pups, please contact the Department of Corrections Communications Office at (850) 488-0420 prior to the scheduled graduation, as attendees will need to complete and submit a Media Access Form.

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.

Our Community Partner: The Halifax Humane Society adoption fee is only $70. Dogs that are over 5 years of age are adopted for $35 --a bargain, when you consider that the dog will be trained and housebroken.  Adoption forms may be obtained by calling the shelter at 386-274-4703.  For more information about the program, please visit www.prisonpups.org, or halifaxhumanesociety.org.

Directions to Tomoka Work Camp/Correctional Institution at3950 Tiger Bay Road, Daytona Beach, Florida, 32124-1098. From Orlando:  I-4 East to exit 129, East 92 – Merge onto W INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY BLVD/US-92 E via EXIT 129 on the LEFT toward Daytona Beach, Make a U-TURN at OLD DELAND RD onto W INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY BLVD/US-92 W, follow for 2.1 miles and turn RIGHT onto INDIAN LAKE RD, follow .8 miles and Turn LEFT onto TIGER BAY RD, follow until reaching TOMOKA CI WORK CAMP.  From Jacksonville:  I-95 S to exit 261B, West 92 – Merge onto W INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY BLVD/US-92 W via EXIT 261B toward DELAND, follow 4.6 miles and Turn RIGHT onto INDIAN LAKE Road, follow .8 miles and Turn LEFT onto TIGER BAY RD, follow until reaching TOMOKA CI WORK CAMP.

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