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2024 Griff Gives Back Milestone - 50% fulfilled

Track our Progress

For the ninth 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 117,000 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 18, 2023 through April 21, 2024.

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

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Our Goal for 2024

Griff II hopes to collect 15,000 pounds of adult dog & cat food during the 2024 Campaign.



in 2023

15,000 pounds of adult dog & cat food was collected in 2023.



Lifetime Total

Over the past 8 years, Griff has collected over 117,000 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 fourth year!

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

Griff News Bites

Sydney Bell and Griff II sitting on top of a stack of dog food.

Griff Gives Back: a history of the campaign giving to animals in need

April 13, 2023

The Griff Gives Back campaign is back for its eighth consecutive year. This annual fundraiser collects pet food for animals in the Des Moines metro.

We are Iowa News Article

'Griff Gives Back' pet food drive kicks off

March 25, 2023

Drake University's "Griff Gives Back" has officially begun and will run until April 24, 2023. For the eighth year, pet lovers are invited to contribute to the pet food drive. This year Griff's goal is 15,000 pounds of adult dog and cat food donations.

KCCI Article

A very good boy: Drake bulldog mascot Griff helps with pet food drive

March 24, 2023

Drake University's famous live mascot Griff is the cute face behind "Griff Gives Back 2023" — an annual drive that collects adult dog and cat food for Pet Project Midwest.

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