Media Release

Paws on Parole Graduation

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 2:15 PM

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - Alachua County Animal Services and the Gainesville CI Work Camp announce that the Paws on Parole program will hold a graduation on Friday, Dec 2, 2011, for the 17th Academy. The graduation begins at 9 a.m. at the Gainesville CI Work Camp (1000 NE 55 BLVD, Gainesville). Sheriff Darnell will be master of ceremony.

For security reasons this event is not open to the public. Media wanting to cover the event must be cleared to attend before Friday. To get clearance, contact Paula Bryant at 850-717-3042 or

Paws on Parole is a program that teaches and allows prison inmates to train adoptable dogs. The inmates learn the methods and train the dogs in the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizens Course. At the end of the training course, the dogs are available for adoption.  Paws on Parole has a 100% adoption rate, and has graduated over 100 dogs.

For more information on the Paws on Parole program visit the Paws on Parole website, or contact Alachua County Animal Services Education Program Coordinator, Hilary Hynes at 352-264-6881 or



If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).