October 27, 2014
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By: James Martin
Published October 25, 2014
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After eight weeks in the Gainesville Correctional Institution Work Camp, Harry Potter will be free. Sirius Black and Dobby are almost out on parole too.
Six shelter dogs make up the 36th academy of Paws on Parole, a partnership program between Alachua County Animal Services and the Florida Department of Corrections Work Camp. Inmates at the work camp volunteer to house-train the dogs for eight weeks in order for them to pass the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizens (CGC) program.
Dogs are available for adoption after graduating from the program. With a 100 percent adoption and retention rate, Paws on Parole “Hairy Pawter” themed academy hopes the magic continues.
“We’ve been doing it a little over four years and it’s a very good program,” said Sgt. Eric Wooten, a sergeant at the Department of Corrections in Gainesville. “It teaches the inmates as well as helps the animals.”
With between six and eight dogs per academy, the program has helped more than 200 shelter dogs find their “forever families” after eight weeks of inmate training.
Inmates teach obedience training while also learning about daily dog care such as feeding, grooming and routine health care. In order to become CGC certified, the dogs must pass ten tests ranging from responding to a call to accepting a friendly stranger.
…Anyone interested in potentially picking up a pet can check www.pawsonparole.com for more information on the dogs up for adoption, how to volunteer and more
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.