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2023 Griff Gives Back Milestone - Goal Achieved

Track our Progress

For the eighth year, pet lovers are invited to contribute to the Griff Gives Back pet food drive in conjunction with the Beautiful Bulldog Contest and lottery. So far, we've collected more than 86,000 pounds of food for The Pet Project Midwest since starting the Griff Gives Back Campaign.

This year, Griff II's goal is 15,000 pounds of adult dog & cat food. The food drive will take place from March 24, 2023 through April 24, 2023.

Follow the progress of the campaign on Griff II's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Our Goal for 2023

Griff II hopes to collect 15,000 pounds of adult dog & cat food during the 2023 Campaign.



in 2022

15,000 pounds of adult dog & cat food was collected in 2022.



Lifetime Total

Over the past 7 years, Griff has collected over 102,000 pounds of adult dog & cat food.


Previous Years

Last year's Griff Gives Back, hosted by Drake’s live Bulldog mascot Griff II, generated 15,000 pounds of food for the nonprofit The Pet Project Midwest to help Midwest area pets in need.

Griff I retired as Drake’s live mascot on June 30, 2020, and his successor, Griff II, assumed the position the very next day. Griff II is going in with high hopes for a very successful third year!

See Last Year's Impact

Griff and Griff II standing in front of bags of donated cat and dog food

Griff News Bites

WhoTV Article

Griff Gives Back Pet Food Drive Underway

April 12, 2019

The metro’s most famous dog is accepting a huge donation to help keep his fellow four-legged friends fed.Bone-A-Patreat, a pet health food store in Des Moines, donated 1,400 pounds of dog and cat food to Drake University’s live bulldog mascot, Griff, Friday.

DSM Article

Griff, Drake's bulldog mascot, is collecting food for needy pets

April 21, 2018

At the start of Friday’s lunch hour, Griff was sitting on 6,900 pounds of dog food.Well, less siting on it than moving in between the hundreds of bags piled on top of each other inside an almost-full storage pod on Drake University’s campus.

KCCI Article

The Power of Griff: Drake Mascot inspires massive food drive

April 21, 2017

The Drake Relays are next week, and that means the Beautiful Bulldog Contest is this weekend. One of the activities this year is a pet food drive, and the effort has spun out of control in a good way.

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