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For the fifth 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 32,000 pounds of food for The Pet Project Midwest since starting the Griff Gives Back Campaign.

This year, Griff's goal is 16,000 pounds of adult dog and cat food. The food drive will start March 30, 2020 and end April 20, 2020.

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Our Goal for 2020

Griff hopes to collect 16,000 pounds of food during the 2020 Campaign.



in 2019

16,000 pounds of adult dog & cat food was collected in 2019.



Lifetime Total

Over the past 5 years, Griff has collected over 32,000 lbs of adult dog & cat food.



Previous Years

Last year the pet food drive, hosted by Drake’s live bulldog mascot Griff, raised more than 16,000 pounds of food for the nonprofit The Pet Project Midwest to help Midwest area pets in need.

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.


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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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