March 4, 2019
FDC Celebrates HART Graduation at Wakulla Work Camp
If you would like to attend, please contact the Florida Department of Corrections’ Office of Communications as soon as possible at (850) 488-0420. Attendees will need to complete and submit a media background access form. No video or photos may be taken without prior consent and approval of Department staff at the event.
- Media are invited to the canine Heartworm Assistance Rehabilitation Training (HART) graduation ceremony. The HART program is a partnership between Tallahassee Animal Services and Wakulla Correctional Institution (WCI). The program began on May 10, 2010, and aims to assist dogs undergoing canine heartworm disease treatment and recovery to increase their adoptability.
- Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at 10:00 a.m.
- Wakulla Correctional Institution Work Camp
110 Melaleuca Drive
Crawfordville, Florida 32327-4963
- The canine HART program seeks to increase adoptions by providing treatments for the center's most difficult adoption candidate - dogs infected with canine heartworm disease.
- All Animal Service Center dogs participating in the HART program must be heartworm positive upon entry to the program. Each dog screened and selected for the program has received treatment for their otherwise deadly parasitic disease prior to being housed at WCI and rehabilitated and fostered through treatment. These dogs remain in the correctional institution for three months during their recovery while simultaneously receiving basic obedience training.
The HART adoption fee is $30.00. Services included in the adoption fee are: behavioral assessment, heartworm treatment, health assessment - to include heartworm testing, rabies vaccine, tag and certificate, other age appropriate vaccinations, sterilization surgery, AVID microchip, heartworm recovery, and obedience training. For more information visit https://www.talgov.com/animals/asc-hartutopia.aspx
- From I-10 take Exit 199 (US-27 South) through downtown Tallahassee, the town of Woodville (US-363, Woodville Hwy) and across the Leon/Wakulla County line. Turn left onto Commerce Boulevard (first paved road on left after the County line). Go approximately 4½ miles on Commerce Boulevard and turn right on Melaleuca Drive. Travel approximately ½ mile and turn right into the Institutional Parking lot. The Work Camp is the last building and parking lot.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates approximately 96,000 inmates and supervises nearly 166,000 offenders in the community.