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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Media Advisory
January 8, 2013
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Contact: Communications
(850) 488-0420

Reporters Invited to DAWGS 27th Class Graduation of Inmate Trained Dogs

~Inmate trained dog program at Gulf Correctional Institution's Gulf Forestry Camp ~

Media is invited to the 27th 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: DAWGS Graduation Program

Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 9:00 a.m. Central/10:00 a.m. Eastern

WHERE: Gulf Forestry Camp
3222 DOC Whitfield Road
White City, Florida 32465
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.

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.

Our Community Partners: 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 or visit the Department's dog program page at for information on this and other programs at DOC facilities.

**DAWGS Class 27 group photo is available.


As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 25,000 members statewide, oversees more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 120,000 offenders in the community.

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