| Media Advisory
August 22, 2014
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|WHAT:||Media are invited to Women Offering Obedience and Friendship (WOOF) Program’s 19th Academy Graduation The WOOF program brings together shelter dogs from the Marion County Humane Society with inmates from Lowell 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 WOOF program also includes an Aftercare Network, which is a group that will work with adopting families and their dogs to help integrate the training the dogs received.|
|WHEN:||Friday, August 29, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.|
|WHERE:||Lowell Work Camp
11120 NW Gainesville Road
Ocala, Florida 34482
|WHY:||Through programs like WOOF program, 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 WOOF Program’s 19th Academy graduation ceremony, 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: Adoption costs are only $85. For more information about WOOF adoption and the Aftercare Network contact Lauren Faw, Public Education Program Coordinator, Marion County Humane Society at (352) 873-7387.
DIRECTIONS TO LOWELL WORK CAMP: From I-75 South take Exit 368 (SR 326) turn left. At next light turn left. Drive for approx. 3 miles. Turn left at the light. The sign for Lowell Correctional Institution is on the left side of the road. Follow the sign for Work Camp. From I-75 North take the same exit but turn right.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 22,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 146,000 offenders in the community.