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Griff Gives Back

For the fourth year, pet lovers are invited to contribute to the Griff Gives Back pet food drive in conjunction with the Beautiful Bulldog Contest and lottery. Follow the progress of the campaign on Griff's FacebookTwitter and Instagram. 

Last year the pet food drive, hosted by Drake’s live bulldog mascot Griff, raised more than 8,000 pounds of food for the nonprofit The Pet Project Midwest. A special thank you goes out to PODS container, who donated the storage unit that held all of that food on Drake University's campus before it was donated. Take a look at the delivery happening here

How to donate

Donations by Mail:
Donations of adult dog and cat food are accepted on-site at the contest and lottery, or by mail until May 1, 2019 at this address:

Drake University
c/o Griff Gives Back
2507 University Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa 50311

You can also order from our Amazon wish list and have your donation shipped to campus.

Food Purchases:
Can't make it to campus? Make a food purchase at Bone-A-Patreat Healthy Pet Market & Dog Bakery by calling 515-279-2544 and they will deliver the food to the PODS containers on campus for free!


Campus Donations:

Donations of food can be dropped off on the Drake University campus in the Olmsted Center breezeway. Of course, you can also bring a donation to the 40th annual contest on Monday, April 22 at 6 PM and be entered to win a Beautiful Bulldog shirt!

Monetary Donation:
Donate directly to the Griff Gives Back campaign, 100% benefiting The Pet Project Midwest. You can also make a flat OR per-ounce pledge to Griffs EAT-A-THON team here

Questions? Contact Erin Bell, Associate Director, Marketing at (515) 271-1913 or erin.bell@drake.edu.